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Vol: 006
Attakkalari India Biennial 2013 Special



Attakkalari India Biennial, South Asia's largest international contemporary movement and mixed arts festival, is scheduled to be held from January 25 to February 3, 2013. This edition of the Biennial is conceived around the theme Frames of Dance, and will feature performers and delegates from countries across the globe that include Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, South Korea, UK, USA and of course India.
The Attakkalari India Biennial opens with the critically-acclaimed The Manganiyar Seduction directed by Roysten Abel at the Jayamahal Palace Hotel grounds. The following nine days will see performances on the Centre Stage at venues across the city including Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Ranga Shankara and Alliance Française de Bangalore. Look out for spectacular shows by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Padmini Chettur, Compagnie Revolution, Champloo Dance Company, Cie Greffe/Cindy van Acker, Chunky Move, Felix Mathias Ott, Din A 13 Tanz Company, Cie Laroque/Helene Weinzierl, Bereishit Dance Company, Edx2 Dance Company and Choe Contemporary Dance Company.

Tickets will be available shortly.

The Biennial is supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, iDAS nrw, tanzhaus nrw, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, British Council, Oz Fest, InKo Centre, Arts Council Korea, Alliance Française de Bangalore, Embassy of France, Bonjour India, Japan Foundation, swissnex, Consulate-General of The Netherlands.

For details, log on to attakkalaribiennial.org
FACETS Choreography Residency

The festival unofficially kicks off on December 6, 2012 with FACETS, a choreography residency for young choreographers from all over the world. These 16 young choreographers, selected from over 180 applicants from across the globe – Aguibou Bougobali (Burkina Faso), Airi Suzuki (Japan), Anoushka Kurien (India), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore), Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy (India), Inbal Oshman (Israel), Isak Immanuel (USA), Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal (Australia), Kristina Søetorp (Norway), Leandro Kees (Germany), Paula Rechtman (Mexico), Rianto (Indonesia), Santhosh VS (India), Surjit Nongmeikapam (India), Yeon Woo (Korea) and Yola Yulfianti (Indonesia) – will be mentored by an international panel of experts – dancer and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek (Australia), light designer Horst Muehlberger (Germany), choreographer Janet Lilly (USA), electronic music composer Jatin Vidayarthi (India), dancer and choreographer Jayachandran Palazhy (India), musician Joseph Hyde (UK), light designer Lars Erik H Bratlie (Norway), media artist Margie Medlin (Australia/UK), choreographer Meryl Tankard (Australia), choreographer Nicole Seiler (Switzerland), theatre director Sankar Venkateswaran (India), philosopher Dr. Sundar Sarukkai (India) and light designer Thomas Dotzler (Sweden) – over six weeks. The works created at FACETS will be premiered at the Biennial.

Transitions – A Series of Conversations

A unique seminar set against the backdrop of 14 internationally and critically acclaimed dance related films: Transitions – A Series of Conversations – will take place during the festival. This programme has been developed by Dr. Sundar Sarukkai, professor and director, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, Jayachandran Palazhy, artistic director, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and Margie Medlin, a media artist, who has curated the films, which range from Wim Wender’s Pina, the works of experimental filmmaker Maya Deren to the world-class choreography of Russell Maliphant as seen in Erebus. This series will explore transitions in different contexts namely, Mapping Transitions, Tradition in Transition, Forms in Transition and Identities in Transition.

To register, write to Pankhuri Agrawal on repertory@attakkalari.org.
Platform 13: Emerging South Asia

As the largest contemporary dance festival in South Asia, there is a dedicated platform for emerging artists from the region – namely, Diya Naidu, Ronita Mookerji, Hemabharathy Palani, Tushar Kalia, Mayuka Ueno Gayer, Venuri Perera, Sabbir Ahmed Khan, Elahe Moonesirast and Preethi Athreya – for short presentations on their process, their future projects and short showings of their present work to various stakeholders in the field of dance.

On the fringes
Master Classes

Master Classes will be conducted by various choreographers and performers during the course of the Biennial. There will be a workshop for technicians in a bid to build strong stage-support infrastructure in India. Also look out for lecture-demonstrations by participating artists.
For more information log on to www.attakkalaribiennial.org

Time Frames

Attakkalari in association with the British Council will present Time Frames. 100 school children from Delhi Public School, Kanakapura; Parikrma Foundation, GEAR Foundation, Bangalore School of Speech and Drama and Attakkalari’s Community Class are working with dancers from Attakkalari’s Repertory Dance Company and Australian-British, media artist Margie Medlin to create a performative installation.

The project focuses on introducing the students to cultures across the world with the idea of travelling through different time zones and cultures as well as a cross-disciplinary arts practice that combines both movement and visual arts in a performance.

Writing on Dance
This workshop has become a mainstay of the Biennial, at this edition; the workshop is led by the Berlin-based Arnd Wesemann, dance critic and editor of tanz, Europe's leading dance magazine, who will work with Daisuke Muto, dance critic from Japan and ten young arts and culture writers from South Asia selected from numerous entries, to bring out three newsletters that will cover the various events at the festival.
Call for Volunteers!

You love the arts and have always wanted to help out. Here’s your chance, we are looking for people with creative ideas and solutions. Or those who just want to usher audiences, document events, take care of social media outreach, run around and be general dogsbody. If you are that person! Sign up at attakkalari.biennial@gmail.com.

Photo Credits: Horst Muehlberger, Shehal Joseph, Gina Czarnecki (Nascent), Lekha Naidu and Attakkalari

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