Indo-Korean Dance collaboration presented
at the Attakkalari Biennial, Bangalore
TRACES, a unique Indo-Korean Dance collaboration
between the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts,
India and Dance Theatre CcadoO, South Korea was
co-commissioned by InKo Centre with support from
Arts Council Korea in July 2010. TRACES will feature as a
process presentation at the ten-day long Attakkalari India
Biennial, an international contemporary dance Festival in
Bangalore in February 2011.
Attakkalari and CcadoO have tremendous synergy in their aesthetic application
of interactive digital design with contemporary movement. Attakkalari is India’s
premiere organization working in the field of contemporary movement arts.
Their programmes include Education & Outreach, a Diploma in Movement
Arts & Mixed Media, Research & Documentation, the Attakkalari India Biennial
and the Repertory Company. The multi media dance theatre group CcadoO
aims at exploring the core of humanity and objectivity through interdisciplinary
performances and collaborations. The works of CcadoO are simple, have a
psychological dimension and are transfused with unexpected and enjoyable
elements. Although, artists from both the companies have visited and performed
in each other’s countries – this is the first instance their creative alliance.
With Jayachandran Palazhy and Hobin Park (the Artistic Directors of Attakkalari
and Ccadoo respectively) at the helm of this cultural exchange, the production
features artists from both the countries as well. Hemabharathy Palani, Denny
Paul and Diya Naidu from the Attakkalari repertory will perform alongside South
Korean dancers Bo Ra Mie Lee, Junki Kim & Se Hee Hong from CcadoO. Korean
artists Jongbumi Choi’s media design and music composition by Yong Joon Yang
will complement the choreography by Jayachandran and Hobin. Seon Joong Yong
has designed the lights with additional light execution by Shymon Chelad.
Taking its cues from festivals, celebrations, and fair grounds in India and South
Korea- the collaborative work TRACES will attempt to create suspended spaces
oscillating between reality and imagination. The idea and treatment of time as
continuous and “ever present” borrowed from Buddhist and Hindu philosophy
forms one of the anchoring points for this synergetic piece. Seemingly discordant
images, metaphors, characters will coexist in the suspended spaces – defying
conventional notions of time and place. This particular vantage point will provide
the artists with an opportunity to delve into their memories and visions while
freely moving between the past, present and future.
In July of this year (2010), dancers from Attakkalari
along with Jayachandran Palazhy were invited to Seoul
for a three week residency and choreographic exchange
with Dance Theatre CcadoO. The collaborators found
this time invaluable to their artistic process. They
noticed both commonalities and differences between
their cultures and movement languages – the reference
points for certain images and ideas varied amongst the
artists – but this only led to enriching their aesthetic
process. Their personal experience and the multiple
connections made during the residency have enriched
their creative thinking and have in turn influenced their
work in TRACES.
During this first phase of the project in July,
Jayachandran led the movement material and
choreography development along with Hobin and
the dancers. In addition to working and rehearsing in
studio with their collaborators the Attakkalari dancers
also undertook intensive classes in Tai Chi led by the
South Korean facilitator So Han. The CcadoO hosts
in Seoul were extremely generous and hospitable and
arranged for the Attakkalari artistes to see numerous
contemporary Korean performances.
Through this exposure, the Attakkalari dancers have
had an opportunity to reflect on their own practice.
One of the dancers Diya Naidu, while contemplating
on the experience characterised CcadoO’s movements
to swaying water plants in contrast to the grounded
earthiness found in Attakkalari’s movements.
Attakkalari’s rehearsal director - Hemabharathy Palani
was impressed by the gentle yet disciplined approach
that the CcadoO dancers employed in their studio rehearsals. The third dancer – Denny Paul noted the
extensive use of release based techniques and the
focus on breath by the CcadoO dancers. The TRACES
experience additionally underlined for the dancers the
richness and intricacy found in Indian movement forms.
Jayachandran found a synergy with Hobin in their
shared concern for the development and future of
Asian movement languages. At Attakkalari, Jayachandran
continues to develop a contemporary movement
language which draws from India’s own particular
traditional performance lineages. All the activities at
Attakkalari are in fact driven by its motto: “Traditional
Physical Wisdom, Innovation and Technology.”
Attakkalari has been engaged in intensive research
on the movement styles of Bharatanatyam (stylised
classical Indian dance) & Kalarippayattu (martial art form
from Kerala) which has resulted in the NAGARIKA
series - integrated interactive information systems on
DVDs. This research has concurrently influenced the
development of the Attakkalari movement vocabulary.
Jayachandran and Hobin’s shared concern for traditional
physical wisdom and innovation will be highlighted
at the TRACES presentation and also at the inaugural
performance of the Attakkalari India Biennial.
The dancers and collaborating South Korean artists will
arrive in India in late January for the second phase of
this artistic exchange which will be led by Hobin Park.
The Attakkalari dancers are looking forward to working
again with their collaborators. At the end of this ten day
residency and the presentation at the Attakkalari India
Biennial, TRACES is intended for further performances in
India and South Korea.
About the Attakkalari India Biennial 2011
In addition to the process presentation of TRACES, the 2011 Attakkalari India
Biennial will see a host of artistes from different parts of the world and will run
from 28 January to 6 February 2011 in Bangalore. The focus of this edition will be
on the work by Young and Emerging Choreographers and also the development,
production and dissemination of their work through a peformance network
across smaller towns and rural communities in India. The Biennial will also
serve to enhance cultural understanding and critical appreciation skills amongst
audiences and writers.
Apart from international performances in auditoriums, installations and site-specific
work, the Attakkalari India Biennial will also host master classes for dancers by
visiting artists; a week-long choreography laboratory for young choreographers;
Dance on Camera - a selection on films dedicated to dance; a three-day seminar
on ‘Body, Performance and Articulation’ and an intensive dance appreciation
programme for South Asian journalists led by internationally reputed writers.
For further information click on www.attakkalaribiennial.org
About Arts Council Korea
Arts Council Korea was established to promote creativity and enjoyment of
the arts by supporting diverse arts and cultural activities in Korea. The Council
consists of eleven dedicated professionals from the cultural and arts sector
in Korea. The Arts Council also places emphasis on the establishment of arts
infrastructure. It facilitates the rise of practice-oriented policy implementation in
line with the increasingly sophisticated cultural environment of Korea.