Organization - Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
Basic Information
English Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
Local language
Country India
Category NPO
Domain Performing Arts
Function Research
Documentation
Education and Training
Promotion
Revitalization
Established year 1992
Objectives

Attakkalari’s mission is to spread the reach of contemporary performance arts and to make dance a viable career option for young people. We work to empower young artists by giving them the necessary tools and training that will enable them to create fresh physical expressions related to their experiences, memories and thoughts.

The company’s dance productions articulate human dilemmas and socially relevant ideas through a contemporary performance idiom. Through our outreach programmes we work with all communities, cutting across cultural and economic barriers, reinforcing our vision of a secular and pluralistic society.

A key objective of the Centre is to demystify the art form, making it accessible to all sections of society. Attakkalari collaborates with video and digital artistes, composers, musicians and choreographers from around the world and also functions as a resource centre for young and upcoming artistes from other parts of the world who are interested in Indian culture, aesthetics and movement idioms.

Introduction

Established in 1992, Attakkalari is a registered, public charitable trust formed by artistes from different disciplines to help create contexts for contemporary movement arts. Attakkalari has facilitated the development of an enhanced and extensive programme that includes national and international Platforms for Exchange and Performance; Strategic movement and Digital Arts development; Research and documentation; new performance works by the Attakkalari Dance Company; a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media; and Education and Outreach programmes. As an umbrella organization, Attakkalari provides dynamic leadership and makes strategic intervention to stimulate the growth of a vibrant contemporary performing arts scene in the country.

Major Activities

Attakkalari was constituted in 1992 by its Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy, and with the support of many artists and thinkers from diverse disciplines, to facilitate the development of contemporary cultural expressions in India, particularly in the performing arts and is today recognized internationally as an important educational institution and cultural organisation in the South Asia region.

Committed to inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural art practices, Attakkalari provides dynamic leadership and makes strategic intervention to stimulate the growth of a vibrant contemporary performing arts scene in Bangalore and in India as a whole. Since its inception in Bangalore in 2001 Attakkalari has made huge contributions in developing the performing arts scene in India, particularly in the realm of physical performance, stage technologies, choreography and pedagogy.

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.  These initiatives include:

  • Attakkalari Dance Company
  • Education and Community Outreach Programme
  • Diploma Programme in Movement Arts and Mixed Media
  • Movement and Digital Arts Development
  • National Resource Centre for Stage Technologies
  • Research and Documentation
  • National and International Platforms for Exchange and Performance
  • Attakkalari India Biennial (International Contemporary Dance Festival)

The Attakkalari Dance Company has evolved a unique movement language – reflective of contemporary India yet informed by Indian physical and performance traditions ranging from the martial art form of Kalarippayattu from Kerala, body principles of Yoga, to the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam.  A team of brilliant young dancers trained at Attakkalari perform agile, athletic, sinuous and sensuous pieces. Using a fresh innovative approach, these dances are both energetic and lyrical.

Attakkalari collaborates with video and digital artists, composers, musicians and choreographers from around the world and also functions as a resource centre for young and upcoming artists who are interested in Indian culture, aesthetics and movement idioms. Over the years Attakkalari has built a huge resource pool of skilled personnel in movement arts and allied fields in Bangalore and indeed throughout India.

We also have an extensive international network of experts in the field who participate in our projects regularly. As an organisation that has garnered knowledge and wisdom from our rich physical and performance traditions on the one hand and the latest information and skills created elsewhere in the world, Attakkalari is poised to build institutional mechanisms in facilitating the creation of contemporary Indian idioms in performing arts by meaningfully blending these strands.

Contact Information (Organization)
Website www.attakkalari.org
Address Attakkalari, 24-4, Wilson Garden, Second Cross, BTS Road, Bangalore -27
Tel 080-41467690
Fax
E-mail hr@attakkalari.org

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