Repertory Dance Company


Attakkalari has its own Repertory Dance Company, which performs works in India and internationally. The Repertory's productions are at the forefront of the contemporary Indian dance scene and often incorporate cutting-edge digital arts, imaginative lighting and innovative music. Attakkalari’s highly successful, full length, multimedia dance productions, choreographed by its Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy, have received much acclaim and have been performed at prestigious festivals all across the world.

The Repertory's current full length productions are:


Full-length dance production (70 minutes)

Developed as a ‘hybrid performance event’ weaving in multiple disciplines - movement, film, light, sound and multimedia design within a live contemporary dance performance. Set in an imagined land, the performance oscillates between the past and present inviting the audience to partake in a ritualised experience. In a complex and often fragmented narrative, the dancers embody characters from diverse Indian locales and periods. Celluloid images accompany the sometimes surreal visual journey. A small village provides the backdrop for jasmine vendors, vegetable sellers, bangle shops and tricycles - the myriad sounds and rainbow hues invoking an ever-present past. Calls from vendors, loud music from temples and mosques, and cricket commentaries blend into an urban Indian cacophony. The production brings alive the essence of domestic life in a traditional Chettinad house, the sacred rituals in a southern Shiva temple, and the flavours and fragrances of a spice market. The narrow alleyways of old Delhi mesh into the expansive solitude of Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar.

MEIDHWANI: Echoes of the Body

Full-length dance production (60 minutes)

Derived from Tamil & Sanskrit (Mei meaning Body and Dhwani meaning Echo or Suggestion) the title subtly alludes to ‘Echoes of the Body’. The production traverses the urban Indian experience, combining the fragility of solitude, the chaos of turmoil, with the fluidity of movement.

CHRONOTOPIA: Emotional, Haunting, Introspective

Full-length multi-media dance production (60 minutes)

Inspired by the famous Tamil epic, Chilapathikkaram, Attakkalari’s multimedia dance production takes the audience through an episodic journey traversing layers of temporal and physical locations that often defy conventional notions of space and chronology. Anchoring on a central female character represented by three dancers, the piece journeys through rural, urban, historical, contemporary and even mythical contexts. In the process, time dissolves and dislocates, infusing the landscape with tenderness and loss.



A Multimedia Contemporary Dance Production (60 minutes)

Attakkalari’s multi-media dance production Purushartha is the result of an intense collaborative effort between Jayachandran Palazhy, Artistic Director at Attakkalari and Kunihiko Matsuo, Music Director and Digital Artist from Japan.


TRANSAVATAR: A journey through multiple identities

Duration: 66 Minutes with 15 Minute Intermission

TransAvatar is a multi-media performance of Contemporary dance and Martial arts with integrated digital sound and technology. This unique dance production, explores the multiple identities of individuals and its manifestations in different physical and mental spaces.



Full-length multi-media dance production (60 minutes)

A homage to an iconic dance artist Pina Bausch produced in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan India.

For more information, please contact:

Aparna P Kochumon
Executive - Production & Programmes
Photography Credits: Alok Johri & Attakkalari