Launch of the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015
The next edition of Attakkalari India Biennial (AIB), South Asia’s largest international contemporary dance festival, will be held in venues across Bangalore from 6 to 15 February, 2015 and will aim at animating the city. Programmed around the theme ‘Dance Connect’, Attakkalari India Biennia 2015 is organised by the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (ACMA) to foster new connections in producing, presenting and receiving contemporary dance locally as well as globally.True to the theme of the next Biennial – “Dance Connect” – Attakkalari has devised a series of activities to connect individuals, communities, localities and organizations right across Bangalore and indeed throughout India and internationally. Biennial 2015 will be officially launched on 26th and 27th August 2014 with an exciting performance by the Attakkalari Repertory at Ranga Shankara Theatre, JP Nagar. The launch event will be attended by artists, friends, supporters and partners from the Media, Corporate, Educational, Cultural, Diplomatic, Government and Non-Government sectors.
Over the 6 editions so far, the Attakkalari India Biennial has emerged as a unique, vibrant and most important platform for contemporary movement arts in the South Asia region, stimulating many artists and organisations to launch their own initiatives. (Please visit http://www.attakkalaribiennial.org for details about the 2013 Festival). Bringing more than two hundred artists from twenty odd countries to Bangalore, the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 has evolved as South Asia’s largest international contemporary dance festival.
Mr Jayachandran Palazhy, Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, says
“Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 will mark the coming of age of contemporary dance practices in India, and will open up new avenues for dance artists and audiences alike. Fresh ideas in training and skills development, experimentations and collaborative approaches in creation of new dance works, innovations in presentation, openness blended with constructive critiquing in the reception of performances etc., will be the hallmark of the coming Biennial. The citizens of Bangalore will connect with the Biennial and embrace it with their own initiatives to make dance part of their living in the city, wherever they reside, study or work. ”
Highlights of Attakkalari India Biennial (AIB) 2015
· Scheduled to be from 6 to 15 February 2015 in venues across Bangalore
· The theme of AIB 2015 is ‘Dance Connect’ linking individuals, communities and localities in
Bangalore and in India through the performing arts.
· Artists, festival directors, promoters and media persons from Australia, Belgium, China,
France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK,
USA, India and countries in South Asia and Africa will attend
· The 10 day event will be held across Bangalore and will include:
o Main Stage Performances presenting world-class performances by established
international and Indian choreographers
o Platform 15 showcasing new works by emerging dance artists from South Asia in
front of international Festival Directors, Promoters and Media.
o FACETS -Young Choreographers’ Residency – Mentored by international experts
over a month the residency facilitates the creation of original works by emerging
choreographers to be premiered during the Biennial.
o Seminars, Colloquia and “Meet the Artist” sessions, bringing thinkers, artists, policy
makers and the general public together linking concept, theory and practice.
o ‘Writing on Dance’ – a residency to encourage critical thinking and new approaches
in dance writing, linking dance with other disciplines.
o ‘Dance on Camera’ – presenting films/videos featuring dance enabling access to
some of the iconic works from international scene.
o Master Classes – providing opportunity for Indian and South Asian dance artists an
access to the skill set and approach of international dance makers through practical
workshops and interactions
o Several Outreach initiatives and Lead up activities will be held in schools, colleges,
other educational and research institutes, corporate houses and community
organizations from September 2014 onwards
· AIB 2015 aims to connect artists, students, educationists, professionals, opinion makers and
common man as well as education institutes, corporate houses, Media, Government and
Non-Government agencies through its activities.
About Attakkalari India Biennial (AIB)
• Attakkalari India Biennial, organised every 2 years since 2000, has carved quite a reputation for itself over the years and is now recognised as the most important and largest International
Contemporary Dance festival in South Asia.
• AIB has evolved as a unique platform and opportunity for artists from all over the world to come together to present their work, share ideas, network, create new performances through
collaboration, and plan for future development.
• AIB has showcased quality cutting edge performances from across the globe in each edition,
including acclaimed productions from India, making Bangalore the hub for contemporary dance in South Asia.
• It also has a strong Young Choreographers’ Programme to nurture emerging artists and showcase their work to an international audience.
About Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (ACMA)
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, established in 1992 by its Artistic Director Jayachandran
Palazhy with the support of many artists and thinkers from diverse disciplines, aims to make
contemporary performance arts more accessible to the general public as well as provide support to the artists themselves. Driven by the underlying philosophy “Traditional Physical Wisdom, Innovation & Technology”, Attakkalari has initiated several strategic & interlinked programmes, which have made a huge impact and are now inspiring artists and organisations working in contemporary dance and performance throughout India to emulate the same. The multifaceted centre conducts professional courses in dance, martial arts and stage technologies as well as offers outreach programs; presents world class performances; provides opportunities in research; and help to foster national and international connections. Over the years it has emerged as the lead organisation in contemporary dance and has an impeccable track record in delivering quality projects for many years.
Attakkalari is supported by Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, ICCR, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Ford Foundation, the Tata Education Trust, Max Mueller Bhavan/ Goethe Institut and Pro Helvetia.
Launch of the #Attakkalari India Biennial 2015
Tuesday | 26th and Wednesday | 27th August, 2014
36/2, 8th Cross,
(Next to #JPNagar Post Office)
2nd Phase, JP Nagar,
#Bangalore 560 078.