Attakkalari India Biennial


A Festival of Contemporary Movement and Digital Arts

Held in Bangalore, India, every two years since 2000, the Attakkalari India Biennial is a unique platform in South Asia for fresh voices in contemporary dance, digital arts and research. The nature of Bangalore’s geopolitical and cultural location makes it a strategic centre to initiate a South-South dialogue on innovation and performance arts with an international perspective.

Attakkalari India Biennial 2017

Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 is the 8th edition of what has garnered the reputation of being South Asia’s largest and most important International Contemporary Dance Festival organised by the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. Held biannually over 10 days in multiple venues across Bengaluru, India with satellite events apart from main-stage performances by highly reputed dance companies from around the world, the other programmes at the Biennial will include:

  • FACETS International Choreography Residency 2017, providing production support and international mentors for the creation of original works by emerging choreographers
  • Emerging South Asia Platform 17, presenting new works from South Asia to the international festival directors, promoters and media
  • Seminars & Colloquia, bringing thinkers, artists, policy makers and general public together linking concept, theory and practice of movement arts
  • Writing on Dance, a ten-day residency to encourage critical thinking and new approaches in writing linking dance with other disciplines and gathering wider public audience directed towards Attakkalari’s online magazine Ligament -
  • Dance on Camera, producing & presenting films/videos featuring dance enabling access to works which have moved past the physical domain to also include the digital as well

The Attakkalari India Biennial is envisioned as a vehicle to celebrate the combined visions of artists in dance, sound, digital arts and design from all over India and abroad. Over the last four editions (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), the festival too has provided an international platform of recognition for emerging artists from South Asia and abroad. With the huge audience number consisting of numerous international delegates, artists, volunteers, and media, the emerging artists receive priceless exposure and an opportunity to grow and develop their work.

The Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 promises to be a 10-day long event of engagement with contemporary movement and digital arts to see the coming of age of contemporary movement in Bengaluru and India, and its emerging role as a strong cultural component in the world of performance and affiliated arts.
The calls for application for both FACETS 2017 and Platform 17 are out on our homepage and interested parties are encouraged to go through the details.

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Photography Credits: Attakkalari