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February 2016
Vol: 001


Summer Camp for young people

Attakkalari announces the much awaited Summer Camp for this year with added attractions - Contemporary Dance, Kalaripayattu (martial art) and Creative Movement Arts sessions weaved together with elements of Theatre for young people from the age of 5 to 18 years. The dates for the summer camp are Saturday, 9th April, 2016 to Friday, 22nd April, 2016 culminating with a public presentation on Saturday, 23rd April, 2016. The classes will be held separately for different age groups but the presentation / showcase at the end will be stitched into a single piece with all the individual choreographies. This year, due to increased demand, there will be an additional second edition of the Summer Camp from Saturday, 30th April to Friday, 13th May, 2016 for those who could not attend the first batch. This edition will also have a batch for young adults (18 to 25 years).
Juniors (Ages 5 – 8): Fees: Rs.3000/-. The fun-filled classes run from 10 am to 1 pm. Through playful and creative sessions, participants will learn basic movement techniques and sequences, develop their own vocabulary in a playful atmosphere which are then put together in a choreography set to music and aided by costumes and props – all woven together with a thematic narrative.
Seniors (Ages 9 to 12): Fees: Rs.3500/-. The classes will be held from10 am to 1 pm. Participants will learn movement techniques from Contemporary Dance, Kalaripayattu and Physical Theatre. They will work individually and in groups to create movement ideas based on chosen themes and concepts which then will be woven together in a choreography set to music. There will be a public presentation on stage with costumes, light and sound set up.
Teens (Ages 13 to 18): Fees: Rs.4000/-. In the carefully crafted sessions held from 2 pm to 5 pm every day, the teens will be encouraged to find original movement ideas and develop their own personal expressions empowering them and enhancing their confidence and self-esteem. They will learn fundamental skills of spatial awareness, body alignment, posture, different movement techniques, partnering works and will have opportunities to explore individual ideas and participate in creative team work.
All sessions are held in fully equipped studios of Attakkalari, led by experts and carefully designed to meet healthier and safer practices involving warm up and cool down to avoid injuries. Limited seats only. Registrations are now open and interested people can register here or write to projects@attakkalari.org.

In the News
Sankshipta – Now with more techniques, more fun!

The first batch of highly popular Sankshipta – the three-month concise certification course in Contemporary dance and Allied Disciplines will culminate in a public presentation at 5.30 pm on Saturday, 13th February, 2016 at Attakkalari Studios in Wilson Garden, Bangalore. The sessions held over weekends and in early mornings on weekdays enabled more working professionals to take part in the course. During the period of over 70 sessions, they have learnt a variety of movement techniques from Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Kalaripayattu and Bharatanatyam. In the public presentation on 13th February, participants will present short choreographies in Contemporary Dance and Bharatanatyam along with sample movement sequences from other forms they have learnt as part of the course. This will be followed by the distribution of certificates.
The delay in starting the next batch has been worth the wait. Building on the success of the first batch and incorporating the valuable feedback and inputs from the students, the new batch will cater for the specific needs of the working professionals as well as full time students by laying special focus on skills development in movement techniques. Participants will get opportunities to train under the visiting international faculty on diverse techniques as well as with masters of Indian movement traditions. The programme will begin on Saturday, 27th February, 2016 and the initial sessions will be led by Attakkalari’s Artistic Director Jayachandran Palazhy. The course fee is Rs.30,000/- and the registrations are closing soon. If interested, please submit your details here.

Public Workshops at Attakkalari
A double bill of workshops by international visiting artists - The Zooz Method by Opay L. Goldberg and Contemporary Movement by Stefano Fardelli – will be held on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st February, 2016.
  • Award winning choreographer Stefano Fardelli is a reputed teacher at The Place Theatre in London and many schools in Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland. Combining intelligence and creativity, awareness and harmony, intuition and aesthetics, Stefano's sessions will explore the concepts of space, weight and fluidity.
  • Opay L. Goldberg is a Berlin based artist and founder of ‎The ZooZ Method. The work of ZOOZ aspires to offer all performing artistes a set of tools that will enable them to reach and touch the invisible matter of their inner worlds.
The Zooz workshop is from 10 am to 1 pm and the Contemporary Dance workshop is scheduled from 2 pm to 5 pm on both days. Registration fee for each workshop is Rs.800/- and if registered for both, the registration fee is Rs.1500.
  • A Masterclass in Chhau by one of the senior gurus in the country – Shri Laxmidhar Mohanta – is scheduled on Sunday, 14th February from 2 pm to 5 pm. Registration fee is Rs.400/-
  • A Masterclass on Silambam by Nellai Manikandan on 12th and 13th March, 2016.
  • A Workshop on Modern Dance Technique by Emily Daughtridge and Alex Smith from the United States is scheduled on 19th and 20th March, 2016.

For details, follow our Facebook page or write to projects@attakkalari.org. For registration, click here

Santhulan – the evening that was!

The month of January ended with a bang for Attakkalari’s community dance class students. We had around 600 parents, relatives and peers cheering enthusiastically through the evening of January 30th, 2016. In a unique event that brought together diverse population of Bangalore under one roof sharing the joy of movement, Santhulan celebrated the performance by professionals and amateurs in equal measure.
Students between the ages 4 and 45 years showcased a combination of the various movement vocabularies that they have learned over the past few months. Short contemporary dance pieces were set to eclectic music, and even incorporated movement material created by the students themselves. Some pieces were acrobatic in nature, while others used sinuous floor sequences and partnering work. Some were a commentary on the changing world around us through their observation on consumerism and technology. There were also performances of Bharatanatyam and Kalaripayattu as part of the evening.
The community classes are designed to increase mental and physical agility, self-esteem and confidence in children and adults. They offer avenues of self-expression in a safe environment, insight into other cultures through music and movement, and the possibility of making new friends – a fun way to celebrate life and enjoy the company of others. We encourage all our readers to enroll into contemporary movement, fitness, Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu or Mature Movers classes by writing to education@attakkalari.org.

Association with 2Faced Dance Company, UK

Attakkalari is partnering with the 2Faced Dance Company from the UK to develop a project named ‘Outlands’ which is targeted at promoting emerging female choreographers from India and the UK. The project which is a partnership between British Council and Arts Council England will pave way for future collaborations and exchanges including commissioning works, touring opportunities, workshops and professional development residency programmes for artists from both the countries.
A 5 member team from 2Faced Dance Company were at Attakkalari last month for the first phase of the project. Activities included a houseful workshop facilitated by dancers of the 2Faced Dance Company, meeting emerging choreographers to know about their work and artistic processes and a networking session to meet artists from Bangalore who could be possible collaborators on the project. We are overwhelmed with the response received for these activities and are currently working on developing the second phase of the project for early 2017.

Attakkalari Mobile Academy

Attakkalari's Education Outreach Programme has worked over two decades towards spreading dance education at the School, College, and Corporate and Community levels. To meet the increasing demand from various universities, corporate entities, community groups and organizations all over India, we are launching Attakkalari Mobile Academy that will travel outside Bangalore to impart the accumulated expertise and knowledge to a much wider community.
Lecture presentations, short-term workshops, residencies, ongoing dance education sessions, teacher training programs, customized choreographies for specific occasions etc. are undertaken by the Mobile Academy. These sessions enable kinesthetic awareness, team building, inculcate gender sensitivity, progressive and inclusive ideas, intuition and brain plasticity. National School of Design, National School of Drama, IIT Hyderabad, University of Hyderabad, Manipal University, Asian College of Journalism, Manipal Global, Accenture and Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Saragur to name a few are the institutions we have worked with earlier.

Cultural Partner at IIT-Hyderabad’s ELAN 2016

Attakkalari was featured as the cultural partner of ELAN 2016 - the annual techno-cultural festival of IIT, Hyderabad. The Attakkalari Repertory Company performed on January 31st, 2016 on the main stage of the ELAN Festival, showcasing ‘Anga Sutra – An evening of Mixed Bill’, a piece which is an amalgamation of Indian traditional movement vocabularies and body concepts together with contemporary experiences and approach. The Repertory dancers led by Artistic Director Jayachandran Palazhy also facilitated a public workshop in Contemporary Dance Movement to the visitors from various colleges across Hyderabad. The team subsequently conducted 4 day workshops for the students of IIT.

Career Opportunities with Attakkalari

Attakkalari announces unique opportunities to work with an exciting team that will produce and tour international co-productions in contemporary dance, organize South Asia's largest and most important festival of contemporary dance and digital arts, and execute strategic education projects in performing arts for professionals, non-professionals and students in a range of contexts.
The positions available currently include Manager – Programmes, Executive - Content and Digital Communications, Executive – General Administration and Trainee - Stage Technologies. Candidates interested in internship / volunteering can also apply. For more details, please write to hr@attakkalari.org with your recent CV and queries if any.

Photo Credits: Tejovanth N, Parth Bhardwaj, Ruhi Jhunjhunwala, Akshay Hegde, Jayachandran Palazhy and Attakkalari.

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore-560027
Tel: 91 + 080 + 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690