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 2015

The next edition of Attakkalari India Biennial 2015, considered South Asia's largest international contemporary dance and movement arts festival, is scheduled to be held from 6 to 15 February, 2015. This edition of the Biennial is conceived around the theme of Dance Connect, which will feature performers and delegates from countries across the globe that include Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Japan, China, Norway, Switzerland, South Korea, UK, of course India & South Asia. True to its theme “Dance Connect”, the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 will strive to foster new connections in producing, presenting, receiving contemporary dance locally and globally. Over the 6 editions so far, the Attakkalari India Biennial has emerged as a unique platform for contemporary movement arts in the South Asia region stimulating many artists and organisations of the region to launch their own initiatives. The Biennial has and continues to serve as a forum for fresh ideas, exchange of cutting edge knowledge and expertise in dance, design and research. Artists from various parts of the world come together to present their work, share their experiences, exchange ideas, explore new territories and throw open a dynamic space for creative expression through performance, network and collaboration. Attakkalari India Biennial has managed to develop audience for Contemporary Dance throughout South Asia through its many strategic and imaginative initiatives & interventions.

Held over 10 days in multiple venues across Bangalore with satellite events in other cities in South Asia, the Attakkalari India Biennial includes the following programmes apart from the Main Stage performances:
· Emerging South Asia Platform, presenting new works from South Asia in front of international festival directors, promoters and media.
· Seminars, Colloquia & “Meet the Artist” sessions, bringing thinkers, artists, policy makers and general public together linking concept, theory and practice
· Writing on Dance, a 10 day residency to encourage critical thinking and new approaches in dance writing linking dance with other disciplines and more public.
· Dance on Camera, producing & presenting films/videos featuring dance enabling access to some of the iconic works from international scene.
· Master Classes, providing opportunity for Indian and South Asian dance artists access to the skill set and approach of international dance makers through practical workshops and interactions.

Follow this space for more updates and Call for Residency/ Performance Applications to be announced soon.


Attakkalari India Biennial 2013

This edition of the festival to be held between January 25th and February 3rd will continue its commitment to bring together local, national and international art practitioners, choreographers, critics and dancers to the city allowing audiences an opportunity to experience and engage.

The theme for this biennial is, Frames of Dance, which reflects our multicultural, interconnected and digital world, that is influencing and changing our concepts of dance and choreography.

Apart from performances in auditoriums, installations and site-specific work, the festival will include master classes for dancers by visiting artists, FACETS – a six-week international choreography residency for young choreographers, Transitions – a unique seminar that will use dance-related films as springboards to intitiate and influence dance discourse and intensive writing workshop for journalists on writing for dance led by internationally reputed critics.

For more information, please contact:

Ruhi Jhunjhunwala
Manager- AIB 2015



Photography Credits: Attakkalari