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September 2018
Vol: 006


Her Highness Smt. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, Prof. Darshan Shankar (Vice Chancellor, Trans Disciplinary University), Sudhakar Rao IAS (Former Chief Secretary, Karnataka), Prof. Sundar Sarukkai (National Institute of Advanced Studies), Dr. Dhanwanthi Nayak and P Venugopal, Regional Director, ICCR Bengaluru attended a private viewing of Bhinna Vinyasa at the Attakkalari Studios where the dancers gave a fantastic performance. Because of the proximity of the performers and the passion and commitment of the dancers, the queen was pleasantly surprised with the display of energy, vigour and fiery enthusiasm. This was a private preview of the international tour. The performance closed off with a felicitation of the dancers and with wishing them a good luck for the upcoming tour. Her Highness was very happy with the show and pledged to work with Attakkalari to support Performing Arts.

The visit flags off Attakkalari Dance Company’s tour across Canada & Spain supported by the Canada Council and the ICCR.

In the News
Attakkalari Dance Company In Canada & Spain

The Attakkalari Dance Company led by Artistic Director Jayachandran Palazhy sets out to tour Canada and Spain. Supported by the Canada Council and ICCR, the Company will present their latest multimedia dance production "Bhinna Vinyasa''. Participation in Montreal is organized by the Festival Quartiers Danses on Sept.15th, preceded a day earlier by Company performances – Bangalore Beats & Urban Chaos at Place Des Festivals; and Yashti- solo choreographic piece by Hemabharathy Palani at Cinquieme Salle at Place de Arts; moving onto Halifax on 20th – 21st at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, presented by Live Art Dance and then on October 5 & 6 at Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall, MacEwan University, Edmonton showcased by The Brian Webb Dance Company. In between, they will have engagements in Spain on 25, 27 & 29 hosted by Casa de la India, at Teatros del Canal (Madrid), at LAVA Teatro (Valladolid) and at Caja de Burgos auditorium, respectively! We wish them the very best of luck and a safe journey!

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Ancillary Performances in Montreal

Dancers- Attakkalari Dance Company

The movement material explored in this piece ranges from sinuous and earthy movements to Kalarippayattu with its abrupt and sudden kicks and leaps. While adhering to a contemporary approach, the piece draws inspiration from the complex rhythms, geometry and precision of Bharatanatyam, a classic Indian dance form. Highly athletic movements intersect with lighter and more playful interludes during which the performers emulate the rites, rituals, traditions, and festivities associated with courtship and Indian weddings.

Dancers- Parth Bhardwaj, Virendra Nishad, Nihal pasha, Meghana Nambiar and Snigdha Prabhakar

We are the reflection of our cities and they are our reflection – Aminah Ricks

Urban Chaos looks at the pandemonium & disorder that rules urban spaces, especially within an Indian context. This quintet is a commentary and critique on the increasingly digital world, where the search for a peaceful existence is continually threatened by the established system. Urban Chaos expresses the microcosm of fear and human psychology that underlies the macrocosm of our & our socitiey's evolution.

A solo by Hemabharathy Palani

The piece presents a sensorial and multi-layered portrait of a woman through anecdotes by delving into the cultural memories of other women who have chosen an alternative path. Linking haunting images of love, jealousy, confrontation and redemption, Hema performs a kinaesthetic soliloquy that combines fresh choreographic ideas, a new poetics of tradition and an invented vocabulary. Yashti is a raw and honest poetry where a single voice echoes multiple truth.

Show dates across Canada & Spain:
Sept.14 | 12.30pm | Bangalore Beats, followed by Urban Chaos | @Place Des Festivals
Sept.14 | 8.20pm | Yashti | @Cinquieme Salle at Place de Arts
Sept.15 | 8pm | Bhinna Vinyasa | @Cinquieme Salle at Place de Arts

Bhinna Vinyasa show dates at all other cities:


Sept.20 & 21 | 8pm | @ Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Sept.25 | 8pm | @Teatros del Canal
Sept.27 | 8.30pm | @LAVA Teatro
Sept.29 | 8.30pm | @Caja de Burgos Auditorium
Oct.5 & 6 | 8pm | @Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall, MacEwan University

For details, contact: Canada
Montreal- geraldine@quartiersdanses.com / +1 514 751 2207
Halifax- info@liveartdance.ca / 1 (902) 420 0003
Edmonton-  webbcdf@shaw.ca / 780 452 3282.

For Madrid, Valladolid & Burgos, write to: Casa de la India- david@casadelaindia.org / 034 983 228 711


Attakkalari Workshops  Across  Canada & Spain:

Attakkalari Dance Company will conduct a series of contemporary dance-related workshops, as detailed below:

Sept.17 | 5pm – 9.30pm | @DanSpace. 2 separate batches for children and adults
Sept.18 | 10am – 12pm | @Halifax Dance. For Contemporary dance community professionals
Sept.18 | 7.30pm – 9pm | @Halifax Dance. Public classes
Sept.19 | 10am – 12pm | @Halifax Dance. For Contemporary dance community professionals

Sept.26 | Time & Venue TBC

Sept.28 | 12pm – 2pm | Masterclass at LAVA Teatro

Sept.29 | 10am – 12pm | Masterclass at Castilla y León Professional Dance School

Oct.8 & 9 | Time & Venue TBC
For further details / information, write to projects@attakkalari.org

Diploma Batch  of  2018-19 Begins

The new batch of Diploma started  with aplomb! Our Diploma Programme is one of the country's best courses in the field of contemporary dance, and we have been overwhelmed with the number of entries received for the auditions this year to gain admission into the Diploma course.

With the orientation programme flagging off on the 11th of September, the day witnessed eager but nervous students entering the gates of Attakkalari. They were addressed by Jayachandran Palazhy, Artistic Director of Attakkalari, alongwith the faculty of the institute. Students who have enrolled are from across the country.

The Diploma is a 2-year course which offers classes in different styles of contemporary Dance, Bharatanatyam and Kalarippayattu. Artists across the world come and share their knowledge pertaining to Movement Arts and allied disciplines, showcasing their skills, talent and expertise in their individual domains of Dance.

The second year will start on the 24th Sept 2018.

Photo Credits: Keerthi Kumar Banik, Marcu Caselli Nirmal and Attakkalari

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
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