Young Choreographers Platform

 

This initiative aims at encouraging young artists working with dance or related ancillary art forms to participate in potential exchange programmes.

Through the Young Choreographers Platform, emerging artistes are supported in the areas of choreographic development and subsequent performance. Resources such as peers, guides, and studio infrastructure are made readily available for the dancers, for them to focus on developing work with an individual style or language. We also have a choreography platform for young choreographers helping them to produce their work and subsequently tour it.

The Platform is committed to the development and nurturing of new talent. The driving force behind the programme is the desire and need for a young generation of choreographers to present their work on a larger and more public platform. Therefore, it is intended for emerging choreographers who have not yet presented their work in a formal theatre milieu.

Details on work that has emerged on the platform:

BARDO BEINGS (A work in progress) by Diya Naidu

In Bardo Beings, the choreographer Diya Naidu wants to explore the human body not just as a physical entity, but as a residing place for that infinite part of us that carries on after we have passed on. In Tibetan philosophy, a 'bardo' has been explained as 'constantly changing transitional realities' and is most often used to refer to the 'intermediate state between birth and rebirth'. The piece is a duet between two female dancers. The music has been treated as a canvas to reference different human experiences and associations including ritual chanting, shamanic ceremonies, azaan (Islamic call to prayer). Some of the ideas that interest her are: the search for a new body, the attachment to the physical and material and to our own projections, the body as a prison, dream states, trance and worship. This piece premiered on June 25th 2012 at the Museum Theatre, Chennai as part of the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Award (PECDA).
Duration: 20 minutes
Performance: Diya Naidu and Ronita Mookerji
Music Composition: Shymon Chelad and Bharat Kumar
Light Design: Shymon Chelad
Research: Divya C Rao and Ajeesh Chandran
Design: Priya Singhdeo

I SEE DREAMS IN GREY by Ronita Mookerji

I See Dreams in Grey attempts at exploring the vastness and the limitations of love through a collage dance work. Ronita delved into her personal experiences and collected a sensorial bank of smells, colours, textures, images, experiences and memories associated with love. These experiences have formed the source for her movement. This piece premiered on June 25th 2012 at the Museum Theatre, Chennai as part of the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Award (PECDA).
Duration: 16 minutes
Performance: Ronita Mookerji
Music Composition: Rishav Kapur
Light Design: Niranjan Gokhale

NADIR by Diya Naidu

This piece explores ideas of isolation and the inescapable fact of bondage within separation. Diya Naidu was the joint winner of the Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award 2010 and created this piece under the auspices of this grant. This piece premiered on June 4th 2011 at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore for Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award Evening.
Duration: 21 minutes
Performance: Diya Naidu
Music Composition: Andi & Hannes Teichmann and Teichmann Hurt(Germany)
Additional Music :Shymon Chelad
Light Design: Shymon Chelad
Film: Nimish Jain
Costume: Asha Fernandes and Samantha Barua

UYIRE by Denny Paul

Uyire (or life force) looks at the complex relationship between the past and the present from an autobiographical perspective. Denny Paul was the joint winner of the Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award 2010 and created this piece under the auspices of this grant. This piece premiered on June 4th 2011 at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore for Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award Evening.
Duration: 12 minutes
Performance: Denny Paul
Music Composition: Jatin Vidyarthi
Light Design: Shymon Chelad
Film: Sarath G
Costume: Asha Fernandes and Samantha Barua

URUVAM by Hemabharathy Palani

This pieces examines complex issues around transgender identities in India and celebrates differences in form. Hemabharathy was the winner of the Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award 2009 and created this piece under the auspices of this grant. This piece premiered on June 12 th 2010 at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore for Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award Evening.
Duration: 22 minutes
Performance: Hemabharathy Palani
Music Composition: Leah Barclay(Australia)
Vocals: Sumathi Murthy
Light Design: K.R.Nandakishore
Set Design: Arun Sagar
Digital Design: Kunihiko Matsuo ( Japan)
Interactive Projection: Shymon Chelad
Video Documentation: Tahire Lal
Costume: Sonali and Himanshu of Hidden Harmony

CHAAYA by Hema Bharathy Palani

Chaaya vividly portrays the trauma suffered in childhood -intense, yet silent. Hema Bharathy is our lead dancer and has been with the repertory for many years. This piece premiered at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2009.

Duration: 18 minutes
Performance: Hema Bharathy Palani
Music Composition: Ned Mc Gowan (Netherlands)
Light Design: Thomas Dotzler (Sweden)
Costume: Asha Fernandes and Samantha Bara

PADHEYAM by Santosh V.S.


This piece is about a journey, about encounters and about what you need to carry to sustain yourself during the adventure : material or otherwise, perhaps a part of yourself.

Duration: 7.5 minutes
Performance: Santhosh V.S, Sumesh V.M and Denny Paul
Music Compilation: Shymon Chelad

RUSH by Ajeesh K. Balakrishna


The piece explores the secret life and desires of those bound by routine drudgery in a world apparently devoid of imagination.

Duration: 4.5 minutes
Performance: Ajeesh K. Balakrishna and Santhosh V.S
Music Compilation: Shymon Chelad

JUDA- FIDA, etc by Diya Naidu & Denny Paul

A tongue in cheek look at Bollywood.


Duration: 6 minutes
Performance: Denny Paul and Diya Naidu
Music Composition: Younessyeo

SWA ATMAN by Denny Paul

The choreographer looks at the conscious and the sub conscious worlds that co exist within one.

Duration: 6 minutes
Performance: Jyotsna B Rao, Diya Naidu, Santhosh V.S and Denny Paul
Music Compilation: Shymon Chelad

For more information, please contact:


Aparna P Kochumon
Executive - Production & Programmes
Email: repertory@attakkalari.org
 
Photography Credits: Alok Johri