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December 2015
Vol: 004


The Talent Academy

Talent Academy is Attakkalari’s initiative towards supplementing physically trained artistes with enhancement skills including choreography, dance pedagogy, performance, multi-media training and dance-making. The one year certificate course in Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media focuses on training the students in various movement art forms and offers brief modules in allied courses like Art history, theory of dance, light design etc. Talent Academy emphasizes more on accentuating the trained dancers from Attakkalari’s Diploma programme or others who have similar professional dance training with vocational skills development that helps them establish a sustainable career.
This year, Attakkalari is bringing various experienced artistes from across the globe including Berlin, Spain and Italy who have a lot to offer the students of Talent Academy. Apart from training in Kalaripayattu, Ballet and contemporary dance techniques; students of Talent Academy will get hands on training with choreographic tools, work on multi-media projects and practical pedagogical assignments. As part of pedagogical training, the students of Talent Academy will accompany senior members from Attakkalari Repertory to facilitate education outreach projects in schools / colleges / corporate houses.
Not only do they get practical exposure to pedagogical practices, but also undergo rigorous classroom training for brainstorming on creation of new work, working with multi-media personnel to put together their final projects, to learn to use choreographic tools of international standards etc. They will train with experienced artistes, who have won accolades in various fields such as Screen Dance, Physical Theatre, Modelling techniques and who have represented themselves in various international dance and theatre festivals.
The duration will vary between four-six months depending on curriculum structure and final project assignments. The classes will be for half a day from Monday through Friday and the students will get the opportunity of taking part in pedagogical assignments during the rest of the day. Interested applicants should fill up an online application form that can be found here. Filled application forms or any queries related to Talent Academy should be addressed to education@attakkalari.org.

In the News
Multidisciplinary workshop by Leandro Kees

Processes of Creation in Performing Arts is a multidisciplinary workshop with Leandro Kees. Leandro is a choreographer, researcher and also a part of the teaching faculty at Folkwang university in Essen, Germany. He works on interdisciplinary approaches in association with dancers, actors, music composers and video makers.
This four days intensive self-research-workshop will explore in depth, different ways of approaching the creation of a new work for the stage, based on the participants' own interests. The workshop will involve both practical and reflective exercises designed to focus on how to recycle the specific discipline one has learnt (dance, spoken theatre, music, visual arts) in order to reshape their knowledge as an artiste. The difference between interpreting someone else's work and creating one's own work from scratch, will be the starting point of this workshop.
Attakkalari, in association with Goethe-institut Bangalore, welcomes visual artists, theatre practitioners, dancers and other people working in the creative field to take part in this workshop. The workshop timings are from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. on four days - 14th, 15th, 16 and 17th December, 2015. It will take place at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, 24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru 560027. The registration fee for the entire workshop duration is Rs. 1,500/-
Interested candidates can register here

Sankshipta - Batch Two

Attakkalari’s recent venture ‘Sankshipta’ which is a tailor made three month certification course in Contemporary Dance and Allied Disciplines for Working professionals and full-time students is a testimony that not only people who want to make a career in dance are passionate and sincere but also others who want to pursue their hidden talent in some way or the other. In spite of having hectic days ahead of them, the students of Sankshipta’s first batch are going strong on the floor with so much excitement and commitment. They have now started their contemporary dance choreography preparing themselves for a public performance towards the end of the program.
Attakkalari is glad to announce the dates for the second batch of Sankshipta in order to help more people from other disciplines pursue their dreams of learning dance in a professional environment. The second batch of Sankshipta is proposed to begin on Saturday, 9th January, 2016. The classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on both days. The course fee is Rs. 30,000/- and interested people can register here. More details about the course will be furnished to registered participants.

Diploma 2016 – Auditions

The tenth batch of Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media is going strong with two sections and the students are slowly approaching the end of Term One in a few days. During the term, they have seen multiple national and international faculties from traditional movement art forms as well as contemporary movement techniques.
Attakkalari is glad to invite applications for the next batch of Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media that will begin in September, 2016. The selection process will as usual involve an audition to test the applicant’s flexibility, rhythm sense, creativity etc., followed by thorough scrutiny by a panel of members. The first audition for the next batch of the diploma programme is at 2.30 p.m. on Friday, 22nd January, 2016. Interested applicants should register here.

Co-Production with Swiss choreographer

Attakkalari is joining hands with Swiss contemporary dance company - Cie Nicole Seiler - to co-produce a piece which will have strong links to Indian Cinema. A team consisting of choreographer and the company’s founder Nicole Seiler herself, the sound designer and costume designer will be present in Bengaluru for initial stages of the rehearsals at Attakkalari Studios from December 21st, 2015 to January 9th, 2016 and from February 22nd, 2016 to March 18th, 2016. Seven dancers from the Attakkalari Repertory – Hemabharathy, Parth, Sylvester, Meghna, Akshata, Snigdha and Anindita will be part of this project. The final schedule of rehearsals will take place in Lausanne from March 22nd, 2016 to April 18th, 2016 and the piece will be premiered in Lausanne from April 19th to 24th, 2016.

Repertory performance in Bengaluru

The Attakkalari Repertory will be performing for the International Radar Symposium India 2015 which will be held at the NIMHANS Convention Centre on 17th December, 2015. Excerpts from MeiDhwani - Echoes of the Body - one of Attakkalari’s full-length productions, Aadhaarachakra - A Dancelogue - a multi-media production by Attakkalari, Vanna Vadivukal - a piece commissioned by Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani for the Bridal Couture week in Delhi in 2013 and pieces of Kalaripayattu - the martial art form that evolved in Kerala shall be presented for the evening.

Facilitated international projects

One of the junior dancers of Attakkalari Repertory, Fawas Ameer Hamsa, had the opportunity to participate in the GVA Sessions 2015 with Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin in Geneva from 31st October, 2015 to 5th November, 2015. GVA (Geneva) Sessions are an interdisciplinary research and international exchange platform. The series was an intensive week of study, discussion, and cross-collaboration among choreographers, physicists, musicians, engineers, and filmmakers.
Attakkalari recently supported and facilitated the participation of a young choreographer from India, Keya Ann D’Souza, in the Indo - Korean cultural exchange programme designed for choreographers to present their work at Honedge Art Center, Seoul. This was a one month choreographers residency, where artists can freely explore their ideas and creativity, and are given a platform to showcase their work.

Partnering with UK Dance Company

Attakkalari is delighted to be one of the partners of the 2Faced Dance Company from UK for their new project in collaboration with leading arts organisations in India. The 2Faced Dance Company, led by Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald, is currently working on developing an inspiring project named 'Outlands' which is targeted at bringing emerging female choreographers to the limelight.
The project is believed to pave way for future collaborations and exchanges including commissioning works, touring opportunities, workshops and professional development residency programmes for artistes both in India and the UK. The first phase of the project will begin with a three-day interactive session at Attakkalari in January 2016 with all collaborators to discuss future plans of the project. Updates about the project will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Interested dancers and female choreographers can register for the free 3-day interactive session here and will receive confirmation about participation.

Photo Credits: Paul Schöpfer, Cie Nicole Seiler, Cie Gilles Jobin, Lekha Naidu, Sudeep Bhattacharya, Prasad, Parth Bhardwaj.

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