• Attakkalari’s Unique Movement Vocabulary And Approach

    Attakkalari’s movement vocabulary draws sustenance from different styles of contemporary dance, Yoga, Indian classical dances like Bharatanatyam, Keralan martial art Kalarippayattu and Brazilian martial art cum dance, Capoeira, to name a few. Apart from these movement forms, Attakkalari also works with contemporary experiences to create movement ideas. 

    The session will start with a warm up involving movement sequences focusing on body alignment, gravity, breath, coordination, cardiovascular aspects and Yoga stretches. This will then be followed by introducing the participants into how the idea of alignment, breath, focus and sense of gravity play a role in the movement sequences.  

    The notion of wiring the body in different ways, the concept of energy distribution to various part of the body as well as projecting a presence that goes far beyond the physical contours of the body will also be touched upon. 

    Participants will learn sequences from Attakkalari’s own movement language employing these principles. Along with Macro and travelling movements there will also be an emphasis on micro and delicate movements typical of Indian performance traditions. 

    DATE: Sunday, 24 June 2018

    TIME: 3 pm to 6 pm

    VENUE: Museum of Goa, Pilerne



    Who can AUDITION:

    • Anybody who is interested in dance and movement can participate in the workshop.
    • Participants who wish to audition, should be 16 years of age or above and should have completed 12 years of school education.
    • No prior training in dance is needed.
    • We are more interested in the potential of the candidate rather than previous training.
    • The audition will test the general physical awareness, coordination, musicality, sense of space, cognition and imagination of the participant.


    Jayachandran Palazhy is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and the Artistic Director of ‘Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts’, Bengaluru.

    He has trained in Yoga, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Indian folk dance forms, Kalarippayattu, contemporary dance, Ballet, Tai Chi, Capoeira and African Dance. An innovative choreographer, Jayachandran’s collaborations with international artists whose works involve digital arts and interactive technology have resulted in exciting and acclaimed multimedia dance productions of a unique genre, which have toured extensively within India and internationally.  

    At Attakkalari, he has initiated a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media; research and documentation initiatives including NAGARIKA - an interactive information system on Indian physical traditions; education outreach programs; the internationally reputed Attakkalari Repertory Company; TransMedia Technologies which provides stage technology solutions; and the Attakkalari India Biennial, South Asia’s largest and most important festival of contemporary dance. He has also worked as director, consultant and mentor for dance residencies and festivals in different parts of the world.


    For further information on Attakkalari please visit: www.attakkalari.org