Professional Development Programme

Professional Development Programme leading to Attakkalari India Biennial -

New Vision for artistic practices

Attakkalari is commencing the first in a series of cutting-edge projects that nurture professional practices ofdancers and empowering them to work internationally with a month-long choreography project from 3 -27 March with multi-award winner Spanish choreographer Daniel Abreu leading to a public performance on 27 March 2020 and subsequently at Attakkalari India Biennial in February 2021.

Attakkalari in partnership with Spanish Embassy (New Delhi) and Instituto Cervantes (New Delhi) is bringing internationally celebrated choreographer, teacher and performer Daniel Abreu to Bangalore to work with selected dancers.  This is first in a series of strategic projects in the pipeline that are linked to forthcoming Attakkalari India Biennial (February 2021). Daniel Abreu has enthralled the audience with his captivating solo performance “Cabeza” at Attakkalari Interim Festival in February 2019 and the workshop he offered then was so special that the participants wanted him to come back ever since.

Aimed at professional contemporary dancers who have undergone fulltime dance training and have at least one year of professional experience can apply with CV, statement of interest and a link to a video of them dancing.

Apply online  HERE.

About the Programme:
Professional Development Programme is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to get systematic professional training under international experts and to be part of incredible projects that will develop their artistic practice and propel their career. This landmark initiative offers opportunities to train, collaborate, perform, teach and tour. Selected candidates need to base themselves in Bangalore for the period of the projects they are part of.  This project will be from 9.30 am to 1.30pm, Monday through Friday from 3 to 27 March with a preview performance on 27 March 2020 and premiere on 8/9 August 2020. Selected dancers should also be available for two weeks in February 2020 for rehearsal and performance at the Biennial.

Daniel Abreu, Spain

Winner of National Award for Dance

Daniel Abreu was born in Tenerife, which is where his curiosity and interest for physical movement and stage expression began. He obtained a degree in Psychology from the Universidad de Educación a Distancia. As a performer, he has worked in a variety of national dance and theatre companies and groups in Spain. He has received a number of prizes, such as: The National Award for Dance in the creation category, The Jury’s prize for Choreography Y eso que no me dejaban ver Dallas and the prize Fundación AISGE to attend the American Dance Festival (2005) , in Madrid’s XVIII Certamen coreográfico de Madrid, as well as Most Distinguished Dancer of the IV Certamen Coreográfico de Maspalomas (1999). His project of forming a company developed almost imperceptibly in 2004. The sum of his creations and collaborations came together in the concept that is known today as the Daniel Abreu Company. His first solo piece, Espera , marked the beginning of this ongoing creative career which has resulted in around 50 works, amongst which the following stand out: As a result of all this creative work, Daniel Abreu has been invited to give a number of workshops and courses, in which he has shared his creative and personal vision of contemporary dance with students as well as dance and theatre companies .

He is presently a guest teacher in many different places around the world, where he gives workshops in which he focuses on the developing of tools for creativity, amongst other aspects. In parallel, he continues developing his own work without moving away from other creative activities, such as directing projects for other creators. He combines this with stage directing of Provisional Danza (Madrid), and supporting projects initiated by others institutions.

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