Having trouble reading this email? View it on your browser  
June 2016
Vol: 003


Attakkalari represents India at the Ganges- Danube Festival in Hungary

Attakkalari is one of the companies chosen to represent India at the ‘Ganges-Danube: Cultural Festival of India’ in Hungary organised by the Embassy of India, Budapest. The cultural fiesta will be held from 17th to 19th June 2016 in nine cities of Hungary including Balatonfured, Budapest, Eger, Esztergom, Szentendre, Sopron, Nagykanizsa, Szeged and Debrecen. The first performance will be in Budapest for the inaugural ceremony of the festival following which the company will perform in four other cities of Hungary.

Attakkalari will perform its latest production ‘Angavyuh’ on this tour. In Angavyuh, unique and salient features of the martial art form, Kalaripayattu from Kerala, arguably one of the most ancient combat techniques in the world, are woven together in an exciting choreography set to a riveting sound-score enriched by the majestic rhythms and reverberating sounds of live Mizhavu drumming and the mellifluous beats of Idakka to create a visually stunning and aurally captivating performance. For more details, write to repertory@attakkalari.org.

In the News
10th year celebrations of Attakkalari’s Diploma Programme

The tenth batch of the Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media will be graduating this August. The graduation performance will happen in three cities, starting with Bangalore on August 13th at Gurunanak Bhavan, then at the Music Academy in Chennai on 16th May and finally at the Regional Theatre in Thrissur on 20th May. With just two more months to go for the Diploma Graduation, the classes are becoming more intense with each passing week and the students are putting their best foot forward to put up a grand show for all of us.

Do mark your calendars and follow us on Facebook for more updates on the 10th year celebrations of Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media.

Those interested to join the next batch of the Diploma programme starting in September 2016, may attend the upcoming auditions at Attakkalari studios on June 25th from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. or 20th July from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. To sign up for the auditions, register here.

Join the Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 team!

Here's your chance to work with an exciting team on international projects during the upcoming Attakkalari India Biennial, South Asia's largest and most important festival for contemporary movement and digital arts. The 8th edition of the festival will be held between 3rd and 12th February 2017 for which the Biennial team is looking for capable Project Managers to handle two programmes during the Festival.

Apart from this, if you enjoy designing / writing / working on photo-documentation / making short films / developing and coordinating programmes and want to intern, volunteer or be part of this fun and crazy roller-coaster ride with us, do write in and come meet us!

Additionally, some full-time job opportunities for a Production Manager and Admin- Executive are available with Attakkalari at the moment. Details about all the profiles are available here. For queries or to apply, write to hr@attakkalari.org.

Updates from the Education Outreach department
  • Attakkalari has begun the new academic year with a bang and started all our community classes in full swing to work towards a public presentation in December and studio presentation in July - August this year. Please visit the website to find the right class for you and register with us soon.
  • Over the past few months, our Artistic Director Mr. Jayachandran Palazhy has been taking special dance classes for people who are above 40 years of age. Attakkalari now announces Batch 4 of the Mature Movers classes with sessions on June 22, 24, 28, 29 and July 5, 6,12,13. The class is recommended for those who are looking to keep themselves fit and agile while shaking a leg (and other things!) and having fun in the company of people of similar age group.
  • Attakkalari was happy to host students of Avishkar Nritya Vidyalay from Pune last month. Led by their energetic teacher Ms. Rachna Kapse, ten girls spend a day familiarising themselves with basics of Contemporary movement and Kalaripayattu by Attakkalari teachers. For a dance institute that strives to engage with the traditional and contemporary arts in new and meaningful ways, it was enriching to engage with the curious girls.
  • Attakkalari has successfully completed two fun filled summer camps this April and May. The Attakkalari team thanks all the participants and parents for all their support and affection. The first batch ran to full capacity from 9th April to 22nd April with a well attended presentation at Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park. Due to many requests, Attakkalari announced the second batch from 30th April to 13th May which accommodated a special batch for young adults too. This batch culminated with a presentation at Gurunanak Bhavan on 14th May. The department is reflecting on this success and planning to announce details of the Winter Camp soon!
  • To meet the increasing demand from various universities, corporate entities, community groups and organisations all over India, we have now launched Attakkalari Mobile Academy that will travel within and outside Bangalore to impart the accumulated expertise and knowledge to a much wider community. Attakkalari's Education Outreach Programme has impeccable track record and has worked over two decades towards spreading dance education at the School, College, Corporate and Community levels. Mobile Academy offers lecture presentations, short-term workshops, residencies, ongoing dance education sessions and customised choreographies for specific occasions. Those who wish to have sessions in Contemporary Dance, Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatyam, Choreography, Theme/Concept based workshops and custom made modules by Attakkalari Mobile Academy, please contact aseema@attakkalari.org.

For more details on any of the programmes mentioned above, call +91 80 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690 or email education@attakkalari.org.

Attakkalari announces the 2nd Year of the Diploma Programme

The current batch of the one year Diploma students as well as alumni from previous batches will have an option of enrolling for the new 2nd year of the Diploma commencing from the coming academic year (September 2016- August 2017). The 2nd year will focus on vocational skills offering the students smooth transition into the professional world. The course aims to develop technically sound and adept dance artists who are creative, aware, thinking and skilled in dance making, performance, teaching and other applications of dance and movement. Acclaimed international choreographers and Indian masters will lead the sessions. Curriculum will include advanced technique classes in different styles of contemporary dance, ballet and Indian forms as well as sessions on choreography, stage technologies and pedagogy. Student led projects and hands on experience in choreography, teaching, interdisciplinary work and opportunities to perform are the hallmarks of the second year. The 2nd year programme is open to current 1st year students and alumni of the Diploma programme. Those interested to know more may email media@attakkalari.org for details.

New LED lights at TransMedia Technologies

TransMedia Technologies, the technical division of Attakkalari, recently added 30 Longman LED PAR lights to their inventory. The lights have RGBAW (Red, Green, Blue, Amber & White) colour mixing which helps in creating an even colour tone and the same unit can output multiple colours without the hassle of changing colour gels. Thanks to the LED technology, the power consumption and the heat generation are also drastically reduced. What to use these uber-cool fixtures for your next production?
Get in touch with us on tmt.admin@attakkalari.org

Rehearsal Director on International Tour

Hemabharathy Palani, Rehearsal Director of the Attakkalari Repertory, is currently in UK for a Residency at Dance Base, Edinburgh. During her two-week Residency, she will be offering master-classes in Contemporary Movement, attending professional sessions in Ballet and Contemporary techniques and will have a presentation of her work-in-progress towards the end of the Residency.
She will be performing her solo ‘Trikonanga’ at The Lowry, Manchester on 28th June as part of the centre’s annual programme. Trikonanga explores three essential dimensions that signify Hema’s unique movement language and approach to dance. Traversing diverse emotional states with distilled focus and tenderness interrupted by outbursts of energy, the piece combines distinct physicalities of three dance forms - Bharatanatyam, Contemporary dance and Ballet- which are part of the choreographer’s journey in dance. Bridging the three pivotal regions of the body- head, navel and toe - the movement leaves traces of triangles in the body and in space.
Further to this, Hema will be performing ‘Trikonanga’ again at the 2nd Vignale Monferrato Festival in Turino, Italy.

Flying Low and Improvisation Workshop by Narendra Patil

Attakkalari brings to you the ‘Flying Low and Improvisation’ workshop with Narendra Patil this week. The essence of flying low technique focuses on using the space around one's body on the floor and around oneself.
The workshop will demonstrate techniques to specifically explore this space and question its boundaries. After more than 8 years as a close follower of David Zambrano, Narendra Patil will share a number of phrases which experiment on the flying low principles.
The workshop is recommended for all dance enthusiasts.
Please register here to book your seat for the workshop.
Dates: 16th - 20th June
Fees: Rs. 1,600/-
Drop in option available at Rs.500/- per session
Limited seats! Register soon!

Photo Credits: Tejovanth, Longman, Narendra Lamprini 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