ATTAKKALARI - Contemporary Indian Dance Workshop

The Arts Centre Melbourne and Dancehouse are pleased to present a workshop by Jayachandran Palazhy, the founder and Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in India.

Workshop Description

*** Limited number of free places available ***

(To receive this offer, you must be a Dancehouse member)

Following a warm up based on group connectivity and yoga based stetches, participants will be introduced to movement principles and bodily concepts embedded in Indian classical dance forms. Elements of Indian classical dances such as Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi will be presented to familiarize the delicate micro-movement and use of eye focus in augmenting or diluting a movement sequence. Ideas of macro movement, surprise, contrast will also be addressed.

The idea of Attakkalari's unique contemporary movement vocabulary will then be introduced through short sequences, incorporating principles of Indian performance and physical traditions. The session will then move on to improvisation tasks based on concepts, ideas and themes chosen by the group and the formation of structured sequences combining the created movements and learned sequences.

Participants should be available to attend both workshops.

Jayachandran Palazhy is an internationally sought after dancer and choreographer and the Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore. He has trained in India in the dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Indian folk dance and Kalarippayattu (martial art), and in the UK, in Contemporary dance at the London Contemporary Dance School. He has also studied Ballet, Tai Chi, Capoeira and African Dance and has toured widely in India as well as internationally. He works extensively as a consultant in different parts of the world and is at the forefront of the contemporary Indian movement arts scene.

In addition, he has participated in artistic residencies internationally, presented papers and lecture demonstrations on subjects related to movement arts, and been the recipient of several awards. Jayachandran has directed an exhaustive research and documentation project NAGARIKA - an interactive information system on Indian physical traditions - that aims to extract knowledge about physical movement and its context in these traditions and to present this information in the easily accessible form of an interactive DVD. The first phase of the project resulted in an interactive DVD on the movement principles of Bharatanatyam and the second DVD focused on the ancient martial art form Kalarippayattu. He is also Director of the Attakkalari India Biennial (International Festival of Dance and Digital Arts).

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is India's premiere organization working in the field of contemporary movement arts. Its programmes include Education & Outreach, a Diploma in Movement Arts & Mixed Media, Research & Documentation, the Attakkalari India Biennial and the Repertory Company.

Date: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 February
Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm (each day)
Where: Upstairs Studio
Costs: $100 / $85 / $70 (Dancehouse members)
Bookings:, or call 03 9347 2860

Please note: You must be committed to the two day workshop.