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December, 2014
Vol: 004


Launch of Ligament a new, dynamic online journal

Given the burgeoning contemporary dance scene in the South Asian region, we felt the growing need for a space that is able to contextualise, reflect and voice the goings-on of this scene. Ligament is envisioned as an avenue that is aimed at prompting and encouraging a sustained engagement between contemporary dance practitioners, thinkers, writers, artistic practitioners from other mediums, stakeholders and the wider public. In the first issue of Ligament, we wanted to push our aim of making connections between contemporary dance and its making, its thinking, its writing and begin at the idea of location. We wanted to gauge the impact of place and location on a form and its practitioners. Deepika Arwind noted the spikes in the development of the contemporary dance scene in the subcontinent. Joshua Muyiwa investigated the concerns and issues of the contemporary dancer and asked if contemporary dance had been Bangalored. Sunitha MR went to the Colombo Dance Platform and kept a diary filled with conversations and her take on the performances. Photographer Lekha Naidu looked at the gestures, postures and elements from the presentation of young choreographers at 5olo, an evening of contemporary dance. And three performers over quick phone-calls and no thinking time responded to the theme of location with videos.

Writing On Dance Laboratory - open call

Geared towards Ligament, the Writing on Dance laboratory will function as an editorial space for residents to look at contemporary dance in the biennial as a launching pad for deeper discourse about the performing arts. We invite writers with some experience in arts writing to apply for the residency.
More information here

Upcoming Events
Attakkalari Winter School

Attakkalari Summer School has been received with eager and open arms by numerous participants interested in learning contemporary dance techniques, classical dance and martial art over the past decade. Due to popular demand we have decided to initiate the Attakkalari Winter School, another opportunity to access quality dance training.
This is an ideal chance for interested participants to hone their skills, especially those unable to commit to either the year-long Diploma program or the six-months at the Talent Academy.Dance enthusiasts will go through five-tiered modules, which will include  compulsory subjects like Kalarippayattu and  contemporary dance and optional subjects like  Bharatanatyam and Light design among others. The modules might be tailored to suit the requirements of the participants. The workshop will conclude with a process presentation that is open to all.

For more deatils email: attakkalari@gmail.com


Attakkalari India Biennial

The 7th edition of the Attakkalari India Biennial will take place between February 6th-15th of 2015 and is special because it marks the 15th year of Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts in the city of Bangalore. We are celebrating this occasion with the theme "Dance Connect”, which, we hope will bring together the city’s multiple stakeholders from Government agencies, Corporate houses, Educational institutions, communities and artistic practitioners across mediums as well as audiences.
The ten-day contemporary dance and mixed media festival will see a range of mainstage performances ranging from intimate shows aimed at sixty audience members to spectacular ones. Besides, of course, presenting diverse movement vocabularies with works from young, promising choreographers like Alexander Whitley from the United Kingdom to critically acclaimed ones like Swiss choreographer Philippe Saire. The festival will also play host to the India premiere of a selection of works from China’s TAO Dance Theater and South Asia premiere of choreographer Constanza Macras’ The Past.
Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts has been included as a guest member of the European Dance Network, which will see ten delegates from this organisation attending the Biennial, which will provide a promising window for South Asian dancers to interact as well as open up opportunities for future performances.


FACETS 2015 & Platform 15 - Emerging South Asia

FACETS 2015 has been conceived as a residency space that will facilitate the possibilities for connecting art practices, exchanging ideas and skills, fresh perspectives, experiences and feedback to create new works by ten choreographers from Australia, India, Korea, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. These choreographers will be mentored by an experienced, internationally acclaimed faculty in order to develop effective plans to concretise their concepts. The residency, which takes place from January 5th-February 5th will provide a space to create work in a nurturing environment along with studio space without the artists having to focus on financing their creations. These ten works will be premiered at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015.

Platform 15 - Emerging South Asia has been conceptualised as a forum to present sections or complete works from choreographers / movement artists from South Asia – India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Maldives – to an international audience as a means of laying a foundation for these participants to connect with artists, technicians, academics, curators, pedagogues and audiences that might catalyse and enable the creation and presentation of new, quality choreographic works. These works will be showcased at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015.

In The News
Attakkalari at Tari ‘14

As part of the 9th edition of this international dance festival hosted by ASWARA, the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Malaysia, the Attakkalari Repertory presented excerpts from their latest production, AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue to a full house at the Dewan Bandaraya City Hall, Kuala Lumpur, which was very well-received and even considered a highlight of this three-day festival.


Artisitc Director in Barcelona

This year, the European Dancehouse Network held its general assembly in Barcelona. The EDN is mainly motivated by a desire to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists and hopes to do this working with partner organisations to maintain a permanent and sustainable network of cooperation. As part of this aim, it has invited Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts to be a guest member and hopes to create opportunities for exchange between artists and partners of the project in the future.

Imaginate 2014

As part of the Dance Connect initiative of the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 and with the collaboration of the Performing Arts Department of Christ University, Imaginate 2014 - an inter-collegiate contemporary dance competition - was hosted by Attakkalari at the Christ University Auditorium. The jury consisted of contemporary choreographer-dancer Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy, Kalarippayattu exponent and contemporary dancer, Raam Kumar, and Sonia Rodriguez, a ballet and contemporary choreographer-dancer.
There were 12 teams from various city colleges that participated in the competition, with teams from Christ University bagging the first and third places and the team from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering coming in second.

Opportunities at Attakkalari

The Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is a premier contemporary dance organisation in India and offering unique and exciting job and internship opportunities in Bangalore. Candidates can look forward to being a part of  innovative, path-breaking projects in contemporary dance along with gaining unparalled skills and experience in arts management.
Details here

Attakkalari dancers going places

London-based Fuel Theatre nominated and produced Toss, performed and choreographed by Hemabharathy Palani under their project Music to Move to. She was one of five choreographers selected from all over the world for this project. Video here. Hemabharathy also performed at the launch of the Dance Umbrella Festival in London and later participated in the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company’s Asia Dance Workshop 2014.

As part of German choreographer Samir Akika’s Belleville, an extensive dance production, Ronita Mookerjee is working at Theater Bremen in Germany with dancers, actors, musicians and artists from across the globe to create this work that draws from cultural exchange and seeks to connect tradition to modern, contemporary expression within a futuristic, urbanistic desire for merging dance language and storytelling.

Photo Credits: Darshan Manakkal 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