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December, 2011
Vol: 001


After successful performances in Germany and Bangalore, Attakkalari will be touring South India with its latest, full length production MeiDhwani and works by Young Choreographers (details below) in the coming weeks. The tour is part of Attakkalari’s Sanchaari Mobile Theatre initiative.

Attakkalari will be taking these performances to various cities in India with an aim to connect with local performance traditions and contemporary groups engaging with those traditions thereby enabling access and a continuum of knowledge updation, exchange and development.

Chennai: Young Choreographers on November 29th, SPACES, Eliotts Beach (open to the public); Meidhwani on November 30th, The Music Academy (Tickets available at all Landmark stores, www.indianstage.in and www.bookmyshow.com).

The Chennai performances have been supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd (City Sponsor), The Hindu (Media Partner) and Landmark (Ticket Partner).

Shimoga: Young Choreographers on December 2nd, Ninasam; MeiDhwani on December 3rd, Ninasam

Cochin: MeiDhwani on December 17th , Fine Arts Hall; Young Choreographers on December 18th, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Upcoming Events
Young Choreographers in Chennai

As part of the Sanchaari Mobile Theatre, Attakkalari in partnership with SPACES will present the Young Choreographers Platform, an evening of works by six emerging choreographers in Chennai on November 29th, 7:00 pm at SPACES, Eliotts Beach. The evening will showcase the following performances:

UYIRE by Denny Paul

YATHRA – River of life by Chitra Arvind

PADHEYAM by Santhosh V.S.

LVOE by Deepak K. Shivaswamy

URUVAM by Hemabharathy Palani


Exploring the Senses

Attakkalari’s Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy has been jointly invited by the University of Heidelberg and the Free University of Berlin to speak at the Exploring the Senses symposium. This will be held from December 8th to 11th and Jayachandran will be addressing the international participants on 'Mapping Memory, Experience and Imagination'.

Jayachandran will explore evolving ideas of the body, self and agency from an Indian perspective and will locate these ideas in the shifting landscapes of memory, experience and imagination. His presentation will look at ways in which the body, self and agency materialize and inhabit transient spaces through acts of training, performance and choreography.

Richard Siegal at Attakkalari

Founder and Artistic Director of The Bakery Paris–Berlin (2005), Richard Siegal is scheduled to visit Attakkalari early next year. This residency supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore will afford both the Repertory Company dancers and Diploma students at Attakkalari a chance to work with an international choreographer.

Recognized by a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award, The German National Theater Faust Award, S.A.C.D. Prize, a Beaumarchais, and The Mouson Award, Siegal has generated international attention for a body of work that includes performances, new media projects, workshops and publications. Siegal is a MacDowell fellow and honorary member of The Bolshoi Ballet's Benoit de la Danse.


Recent News
DanSe Dialogues a success

Attakkalari successfully partnered with the first ever Indo-French Festival of Contemporary Dance – DanSe Dialogues. The festival which took place in Bangalore from November 8th to 12th featured three dance companies from France representing three different trends: hip hop, the modern technique (an extraordinary meeting between man and machine), and the avant-garde alongside three Indian companies.

Attakkalari was invited to present its latest production MeiDhwani and Padheyam, a work by Santhosh V.S., a member of the Attakkalari Repertory and an emerging choreographer. Attakkalari's technical wing TransMedia Technologies provided technical support for the entire festival in Bangalore. The festival was made possible by the Embassy of France in India, the Institut Français, the Alliance Française de Bangalore and their partners in Bangalore.

Flying Low Workshop

Vangelis Legakis of the Van-L Dance Company led a two day intensive workshop on the Flying Low technique at Attakkalari on November 12th and 13th. The workshop also integrated Release and Experiential anatomy to enhance body awareness and interconnectedness. Vangelis further incorporated Kundalini Yoga and meditation to enhance energy levels and connect it with Flying Low principles such as Gathering, Sending and Passing Through.

Vangelis studied dance and choreography at Trinity Laban and therapies at Morley College in London. He is a Flying Low certified teacher by David Zambrano, the founder of the technique. For many years Vangelis has been exploring and applying into his work body-mind-spirit connection through improvisation, Kundalini Yoga, meditation and experiential anatomy work and also through martial arts such as Tai Chi and Budoh. More information here.

Chaaya at NIMHANS

Chaaya, a piece created under the auspices of Attakkalari’s Young Choreographers Platform by Hemabharathy Palani  was invited to be performed at the Public Mental Health Symposium at NIMHANS, Bangalore on November 23rd. Hemabharathy is a member of the Attakkalari Repertory and an emerging choreographer.

The piece deals with the difficult issue of child sexual abuse and fits in with the theme of the symposium: 'Awareness on Mental Health – Destigmatization, Demystification and Role of the Media'.

Artistic Director in Sweden

Attakkalari's Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy was invited by the University of Boras (Sweden) to conduct a Workshop on Performance and Textiles with Masters and PhD students at the School of Textiles. He interacted with researchers working on smart textiles including textile resistance, functional styling and dynamic patterns on October 17th and 18th.

Jayachandran also conducted a master class on the NAGARIKA research series at the Varldskultumusset – Museum of World Culture (Sweden) on October 20th.

Photo Credits: Anke Caroline Burger, Atmosphere, Soumit & Soumita , Sudeep Bhattacharya, Richard Siegal and Attakkalari

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