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May, 2014
Vol: 002


TransMedia Technologies, a division of Attakkalari, will be hosting Jonathan O'Hear, an internationally renowned lighting designer who is especially known for his work with light as an object of art and with unconventional ways of controlling light. Jonathan will be in Bangalore for two weeks, during which time he will be working closely with TransMedia's in-house Lighting Designers and Technicians to share his expertise and experience in the field of lighting design, as we gear up to the needs of Attakkalari's next full-length production.

Over the weekend, Jonathan will also be conducting an Advanced workshop in lighting design which will be open to the public. The workshop is meant for lighting designers, choreographers, dancers, and anyone interested in studying light.

This will be a workshop that deals with technology in lighting – both the technologies used in the past and developing and future technologies. In concordance with the multifaceted nature of light, the workshop will be a mix of theory, observation and sensing.

The workshop will be held on 31st May and 1st June, 2014 from 10am to 6pm at the Attakkalari studio at Wilson Garden, Bangalore.

For more details, please call 080-41467960 / 99729-46273 or email vijay@attakkalari.org
Register online here


Talent Academy:

Attakkalari’s next path-breaking project in the Indian Contemporary Dance scene, The Talent Academy, will commence on 8th September, 2014 and will be led by internationally renowned artists. Applications will be accepted from the 15th of June and more details on the application process will be available by the 10th of June on www.attakkalari org.

In the News
Rehearsal Director wins International Dance Award


Hemabharathy Palani, Rehearsal Director of the Attakkalari Repertory Company, was the first Indian to receive the Public's First Choice Award at the Finale of the 18th International Solo Tanz-Theatre Festival, Stuttgart, Germany, for her performance Trikonanga.

“I was inspired by the concept of the mandala and the nine triangles within the body, and wanted to do something to represent that," says Hema.  She created Trikonanga during a month long residency at the Ballet National de Marseilles in May 2013.

A short excerpt from Trikonanga, the piece that won Hema the award can be viewed here. (The password is acma)

Workshop in Thevarattam and Silambam


As a part of the Way of the Masters project supported by the Tata Education Trust, Attakkalari’s newly established Department of Traditional and Folk Performing Arts is hosting the acclaimed Master Manikandan and Bharath who are teaching students of the diploma and members of the repertory and also conducting a workshop on the traditional martial art of Silambam and the folk dance form Thevarattam from Tamil Nadu. This unique workshop will be held at the Attakkalari Studios in Wilson Garden and is suitable for dancers, theatre practitioners and other performing artists who are interested to enhance their skill sets and update their practices with the wisdom from these unique forms.

The classes will be on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
The fee for the workshop will be Rs. 1500/-
To register, call 080 22123684 / 41467690 or mail attakkalari@gmail.com
Register online here

Attakkalari India Biennial 2015





The next edition of the Attakkalari India Biennial, South Asia's largest international contemporary dance and digital arts festival, will be held from 6th to 15th February, 2015. This edition of the Biennial is conceived around the theme “Dance Connect” and true to this idea, will strive to foster new connections in producing, presenting and receiving contemporary dance locally and globally. Over the last six editions, the Attakkalari India Biennial has managed to develop audiences for Contemporary Dance throughout South Asia through its many strategic and imaginative initiatives and interventions.

Held over 10 days in multiple venues across Bangalore with satellite events in other cities in South Asia, the Attakkalari India Biennial, apart from the Main Stage performances, will also include the Emerging South Asia Platform, Seminars, Colloquia and Meet the Artist sessions, a residency on Writing on Dance, Master Classes and FACETS the international choreography residency.

For more details, and if you would like to support, participate, intern with or volunteer, do write to us at attakkalari.biennial@gmail.com.

Recent Events
Kootiyattam performance in Ranga Shankara

After an extremely successful series of workshops and Masterclasses with dancers of the Attakkalari repertory, students of the Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media and the general public, artistes Usha Nangiar and VKK Hariharan along with Kalamandalam Rajeev, Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan and Athira presented a very well received show of Nangiar Koothu at Ranga Shankara on 8th May.

The grace and intensity of the performance, an excerpt from their full length Kootiyattam production Draupadi, left the audience spellbound.

Summer Workshop at Attakkalari

Attakkalari’s annual summer camp consists of two weeks of fun-filled movement activities and 2014 was no different as 57 enthusiastic participants flocked to our studios from April 21st – May 3rd. Divided into three groups, the modules were crafted to suit the needs of each group. The Juniors took their inspiration from Rio 2 while the Seniors explored the Big Bang Theory and the Young Adults were encouraged to find original movement ideas. Attakkalari’s repertory dancers along with visiting faculty Kayleigh Ann Crook from the UK facilitated the workshops. The delightful performance presentation at the Alliance Française de Bangalore drew wide applause from a large and appreciative audience of family and friends.

Artistic Director in Australia and Korea

Attakkalari's Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy, was invited to the IETM Asian Satellite Meeting that took place in Melbourne (Australia) from 10th - 16th May 2014. IETM is one of the oldest and largest of the European cultural networks, and is a meeting point for over 550 professional organisations from 50 countries working in the contemporary performing arts sector in Europe and the rest of the world.

Jay was also in Gwangju, Korea at the invitation of Asian Arts Theatre earlier this year to participate in the programming network meeting of Asian curators, Asian Contemporary, Now Jump!.


Attakkalari hosts the Norwegian Ambassador

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts was honoured to welcome the Norwegian Ambassador H.E. Eivind S Homme and delegates from the Norwegian Embassy on 29th April. The dancers from the Attakkalari Repertory Company presented excerpts from Attakkalari’s repertoire, which was highly appreciated. The visit was a validation of the long standing support and encouragement of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Attakkalari and to Contemporary dance in India. We look forward to building on and strengthening this relationship in the future.

Photo Credits: Prasad, Lekha Naidu, Vijay Saravanan, Niranjan Gokhale 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