Way of the Masters

Through a unique initiative, the Way of the Masters, supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Attakkalari’s newly established Department of Traditional and Folk Performing Arts will be offering a series of Master classes in various disciplines. Attakkalari aims to constitute platforms and avenues for encounter, engagement and exchange of knowledge and ideas between Masters and practitioners of physical and folk traditions on the one hand and contemporary dance practitioners and students on the other, thereby making these traditions relevant for young people and helping to revitalise and preserve the traditional forms. The project will focus on Kalarippayattu (the martial art tradition from Kerala), Chhau (martial dance theatre from Jharkand, Orissa and Bengal), folk forms such as Thevarattam and Silambam from Tamil Nadu and rare and difficult to access forms such as Kootiyattam from Kerala. These forms have influenced several practices across India and to preserve their continued relevance it is important to develop new contemporary physical expressions informed and influenced by these traditions.
Master classes in Kootiyattam acting techniques, Mizhavu percussion, Thevarattam, Silambam and Kalarippayattu will be held in April, May and June.

EVENTS CALENDAR

May 2014

24th-25th

Silambam & Theverattam Master class

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

April 2014

5th-6th

Kootiyattam & Mizhavu Master class

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

March 2014

5th

Master class with Hofesh Shechter

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

December 2013

7th

Santhulan

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

October 2013

24th

MeiDhwani - Echoes of the Body

Kalamandir, Kolkata

23rd

AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue

Kalamandir, Kolkata

14th

AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue

Divaldo Archa Theatre, Prague (Czech Republic)

10th-12th

MeiDhwani - Echoes of the Body

Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels (Belgium)

4th-5th

AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue

BNM Grand Studio, Marseille (France)

August 2013

29th

AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue

Fabrics India warehouse, Chennai

18th-19th

Bahuchari Mata - auditions

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

17th

Diploma Graduation

JSS Auditorium, Bangalore

May 2013

25th-26th

Light Design workshop

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

April - May 2013

29th-11th

Summer movement workshop

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

April 2013

26th

MeiDhwani - Echoes of the Body

Ishanya Mall, Pune

March 2013

22nd

Bardo Beings

Jamsteady Princeton Club, Kolkata

16th

Nadir

NCPA, Mumbai

February 2013

5th

MeiDhwani - Echoes of the Body

Regional Theatre, Thrissur

3rd

K-Style

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

3rd

FACETS

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

3rd

Lanx / Obtus

ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore

2nd

Lanx / Obtus

ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore

2nd

Transitions

Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut, Bangalore

1st

Odyssey Complex

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

1st

FACETS

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

January 2013

31st

White Caps

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

31st

FACETS

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

31st

Platform 13

Guru Nanak Bhavan, Bangalore

30th

Glimpses

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

30th

Platform 13

Guru Nanak Bhavan, Bangalore

29th

Beautiful Thing 2

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

29th

Esnes.no.n2

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

28th

Changeable Cohesion

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

27th

Urban Ballet

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

27th

Transitions

Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut, Bangalore

26th

Glow

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

26th

FACETS

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

25th

Manganiyar Seduction

Jayamahal Palace, Bangalore

19-20th

Light Design Workshop

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

December 2012

4th

MeiDhwani - Echoes of the Body

NCPA, Mumbai

1st

AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue

Purana Qila, New Delhi

November 2012

23rd

AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue

Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore

10th-11th, 17th-18th

Masterclass by James MacGillivray

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

October 2012

31st

MeiDhwani - Echoes of the Body

IGNITE Festival of Contemporary Dance 2012, New Delhi

25th

Scottish Dance Theatre

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

August 2012

24th

Diploma Graduation

JSS Auditorium, Bangalore

21st

Thang Ta workshop

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

2nd

Pollinator 1 Bee Festival

Hyatt Regency, Chennai

June-July 2012

22nd-23rd, 30th-1st

Masala FX

Palace Grounds, Bangalore

May 2012

11th-13th

Devarattam & Silambham workshop

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

5th

Swa Atman & Temps d’arrêt

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

April 2012

27th

rangTARANG

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

April - May 2012

23rd-5th

Summer movement workshop

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

March - April 2012

31st-22nd

Weekend Light Design workshop

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

March 2012

24th

Kentaro!! Performance

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

14th-18th

Seminar

Ninasam, Heggodu

February 2012

25th

BANG BANG

Malleswaram Bus Stand, Bangalore

24th

BANG BANG

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

13th-22nd

TPAM

Yokohama, Japan

6th-26th

Samir Akika / Unusual Symptoms

Attakkalari Studios, Bangalore

4th-5th

Workshop

Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne

January - February 2012

30th - 2nd

Workshop

Critical Path, Sydney

January, 2012

27th

Nadir

Blue Frog, New Delhi

16th-28th

Workshop with Richard Siegal

Attakkalari Studios

13th

MeiDhwani, Nagarika

NSD, New Delhi

December, 2011

18th

Young Choreographers Platform, Nagarika

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Cochin

17th

MeiDhwani

Kerala Fine Arts Hall, Cochin

8th-11th

"Exploring the Senses - Emotions, Performativity, and Ritual"

Clubhaus FU Berlin, Germany

3rd

MeiDhwani

Ninasam, Shimoga

2nd

Young Choreographers Platform

Ninasam, Shimoga

November, 2011

30th

MeiDhwani

Music Academy, Chennai

29th

Young Choreographers Platform, Nagarika

SPACES, Elliots Beach Chennai

11th

MeiDhwani

J.S.S. Auditorium, Bangalore

5th-8th

Synchronous Objects (William Forsythe)

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore & Attakkalari

October, 2011

19th

Nagarika Presentation & Master classes

Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden

17th-18th

Workshop on "Textiles & Performance"

Swedish School of Textiles, Sweden

14th-15th

MeiDhwani, Nagarika

Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf

12th

MeiDhwani

Theatre im Pumpenhaus, Munster

11th-13th

Nadir, Uyire, Padheyam, Uruvam

Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf , Germany

7th, 8th

MeiDhwani

Kunstlerhaus Mousontrum, Frankfurt

2nd

Traces

14th Seoul International Dance Festival

September, 2011

10th-18th

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

Philadelphia, U.S.

7th

MeiDhwani preview

Ravindra Kalakshetra,Bangalore

August, 2011

19th

Diploma Graduation Ceremony

Bangalore

June, 2011

4th

Nadir & Uyire

Alliance Francaise, Bangalore

May-June, 2011

23rd-2nd

Beyond Project

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

April-May, 2011

30th-1st

Low Lives 3

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/low-lives-3

25th-7th

Summer Camp

Attakkalari, Bangalore

April, 2011

22nd

Learning & Participation Project

South Bank Centre, London, UK

20th

Farewell in honour of Dr. Evelin Hust

Goethe- Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore

19th

Chaaya

South Bank Centre, London, UK

11th-21st

Alchemy Festival

South Bank Centre, London, UK

9th

Rush & Padheyam

Greenwich Dance Agency, London, UK

7th

Rush, Uruvam & Padheyam

Plymouth University, UK

3rd

Uruvam

Pavilion Dance/ Dance South West, Bournemouth, UK

2nd

Rush & Padheyam

Pavilion Dance/ Dance South West, Bournemouth, UK

March, 2011

31st

Uruvam

Arnolfini, Bristol, U.K.

February, 2011

3rd

Traces

Rangashankara, Bangalore

January 2011

30th

Rush, Uruvam & Padheyam

Rangashankara, Bangalore

28th

Corporeal Kaleidoscpoe

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

November-December, 2010

27th-19th

Beyond Project

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

November, 2010

2nd

Sanchaari

Tagore Hall, Trivandrum

October, 2010

31st

Sanchaari

Mammen Mappilai Hall, Kottayam

8th

Sanchaari

Tagore Centenary Hall, Calicut

September, 2010

9th

Sanchaari

Trichur

8th

Sanchaari

Regional Theatre, Trichur

5th

Sanchaari

Kerala Fine Arts Society, Cochin

4th

Young Choreographers Platform Showcase

David Hall, Fort Kochi

August, 2010

20th

Diploma Graduation Ceremony

Seva Sadan Association, Bangalore

July, 2010

17th

Auditions for Diploma Programme

Attakkalari, Bangalore

June, 2010

26th

Auditions for Diploma Programme

Terence Lewis Dance Company, Mumbai

12th

Uruvam & Chaaya

Alliance Francaise, Bangalore

April, 2010

20th

For Pina

National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai

17th

For Pina

Darpana, Ahmedabad

March, 2010

26th-28th

Chronotopia

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany

18th

Evening of Young Choreographers

Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden

17th

Chronotopia

Varakonserthus, Sweden

14th

Chronotopia

Staasts Theater, Schauspielhaus, Germany

February, 2010

8th

For Pina...

Uma, Kolkata

5th

For Pina...

Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

2nd

For Pina...

Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad

January, 2010

30th

For Pina...

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

28th

For Pina...

Spaces, Elliot Beach, Chennai

19th

Chronotopia

Abhimanch Theatre, New Delhi

17th

Chronotopia

Antarang Theatre, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

Kootiyattam performance

After a successful master class in Kootiyattam in April, Usha Nangiar will be treating the Bangalore audiences with a performance at Ranga Shankara on 8th May at 7:30pm. Dance and theatre practitioners, who missed out earlier, will get another opportunity to learn from the masters in a special encore workshop.  The class will be on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.  The fee for the workshop will be Rs. 1000/-
This unique course led by Usha Nangiar and her daughter Athira, is suitable for dancers, theatre practitioners and other performing artists who are interested to enhance their skill sets and update their practices with the wisdom from this rare tradition. The sessions will include the intricate enactment techniques of Kootiyattam that employ elaborate and detailed movements of the eye, facial muscles and body, coupled with breath, gestures and rhythm.

For registrations, call 080 22123684 / 41467690 or mail attakkalari@gmail.com
Register online here

Attakkalari Summer Workshop

Attakkalari's popular Summer Workshops for children above the age of five years, teenagers and young adults will be held from April 21st - May 3rd at the Attakkalari studios in Wilson Garden, Bengaluru.
The workshops will draw inspiration from martial arts, contemporary dance, hip-hop and theatre, and will culminate with the students presenting a show for their family and friends.

For registrations, call 080 22123684 / 41467690 or mail attakkalari@gmail.com
Register online here

Talent Academy

The next path-breaking project on the Attakkalari anvil is the Talent Academy. The course will be launched mid 2014 and will be led by eminent national and international artistes. The curriculum will focus on vocational skills development in performance, pedagogy and choreography. The course will culminate in a public performance that also involves Stage Technologies and artists working in these domains. The Talent Academy will go a long way in helping young artists launch themselves in the national and international scene as artistes and pedagogues.

Kalarippayattu classes

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts announces community classes in the ancient Keralan martial art form of Kalarippayattu. These classes will be conducted by Raam Kumar, a senior practitioner of this form.
Raam Kumar is the great grandson of Veera Sree C V Narayanan Nair and grandson of C V Govindan Kutty Nair the founder of CVN Kalari. He has trained for 20 years in Kalarippayattu initially under his grandfather and presently under his uncle, Guru G Sathyanarayanan.
The classes will be introductory in nature and are open to applicants at all levels, including beginners.

Classes start : 11th Feb, 2014
Days of Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Timing: 7pm to 8:30pm
Fee: Rs. 2000/- per month.
To register:
Call us on 080 22123684/ 41467690 or mail us on attakkalari@gmail.com
Register online here

Opportunities at Attakkalari

Unique opportunities to work with India's leading contemporary dance organisation, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore. Be a part of innovative path-breaking projects in contemporary dance and gain unparalleled skills and experience.

Details here.

Master Class with Hofesh Shechter

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru in association with British Council, is proud to host Hofesh Shechter, one of UK’s most exciting contemporary artists. Hofesh’s unique style of choreography, infused with honesty and raw physicality has won him and his Company world-wide acclaim. The artistic director of the Hofesh Schechter Company, which is the resident company at Brighton Dome, Hofesh is also currently an associate artist at Sadler's Wells Theatre.
Hofesh will lead a Master Class and also hold a Lecture Demonstration at the Attakkalari Studio in Wilson Garden. This is a wonderful opportunity for dance teachers, students, and professional dancers to explore the Company’s distinctive movement style.

Master class with Hofesh Shechter
Date: 5th March 2014
Venue: Attakkalari, Bengaluru
Time: 2:00 – 6:30 pm onwards
Participants: professional dancers
Fee: INR 2,500
Registrations closed

Lecture demonstration with Hofesh Shechter
Date: 5th March 2014
Venue: Attakkalari, Bengaluru
Time: 7:00 pm onwards
Participants: professional dancers, enthusiasts, potential partners and media

Photography Credits: Sara Davis, Andy Ross, Dilip Banerjee, Anoop Kumar, Sudeep Bhattacharya, David Coleman, Anand K, Joshi Daniel & Attakkalari.