Attakkalari's young dancers and choreographers
June 17, 2011
Building on the successful momentum of Attakkalari's Young Choreographers Platform and recognizing the promise of emerging artists, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Limited (RBEI) awarded Attakkalari the Robert Bosch Art Grant for a second year in a row in 2010. Under the auspices of this grant, Diya Naidu and Denny Paul, senior dancers from the Attakkalari Repertory Company, were afforded the opportunity to create two solo works which premiered in Bangalore on June 4, 2011.
Three emerging choreographers from the Attakkalari Repertory - Ajeesh KB, Santhosh VS and Hema Bharathi Palani presented their piece 'Bangalore - UK postcards' for Low Lives 3, a worldwide, networked, performance event. Low Lives is an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues across the world. Jorge Rojas, the curator of Low Lives invited Attakkalari - the only Dance Repertory Company ever to be selected from India - to take part in this event. The piece along with more than fifty other performances from across the globe was streamed live online and screened for public viewing at Attakkalari on April 30, 2011.
Beyond is a European-Asian cooperative project in the field of creation, presentation and education within the performing arts working around the concept of Tradition and Innovation, inspiring an examination of the physical memories of the body in different cultures. This multi annual project kicked off in February 2009 and it nurtures a growing educational and artistic network that is inspired by the ongoing dialogue between ICKamsterdam and several Asian artists and institutions. The first edition in 2009 was specifically aimed at the exchange with partners from South Korea, in 2010 the exchange took place between ICKamsterdam and mainly Chinese partners, in 2011 the focus is on India.
A former member of the Attakkalari Repertory had worked for three weeks in China again as part of the Beyond project. At the time, Attakkalari's Artistic Director Jayachandran Palazhy was invited to lead a workshop for the participants on his own creative process and the role of Kalarippayattu in Attakkalari's work.