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Attakkalari global fest kicks off

Last updated: 28 January, 2011
Bangalore, January 28, DHNS: 0:01 IST

For the senses

Attakkalari India Biennial 2011, the 10-day global contemporary dance festival, opened on Friday evening with a celebration of the arts in the backdrop of the architectural splendor of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here.

Formally launched by Sudhakar Rao, former Chief Secretary of Karnataka, the festival will present a series of performances, workshops and seminars.

Dubbed 'Corporeal Kaleidoscope', the inaugural performance animated the serene environs of the NGMA with a promenade, site-specific performance.

'Corporeal Kaleidoscope' included a panorama of performances - live music, martial art, folk, classical and contemporary dance - all enhanced by imaginative light and sound design, as well as digital and plastic art expositions.

The launch performance opened with evocative installations showcasing 'Emotions Study', a film exploring possibility of creating new immersive pictorial spaces. A multi-disciplinary collaboration led by Ina Conradi from Singapore, 'Emotions Study' included digitally generated stills, photographs and paintings depicting various emotional states pieced together into a painted animated setting.

The audience was enthralled by a series of performances that flowed along a walkway including traditional Bharathnatyam and Yakshagana presentations, which were showcased on a stage located on a pool of water in the NGMA courtyard. Nadaswaram performers made a dramatic appearance atop the erstwhile Manickavelu mansion and wound their way down to the performance area.

A highlight of the evening was a specially choreographed contemporary dance piece - Aayodhanam - that featured a global collaboration of artistes and styles, celebrating the theme of the 2011 Biennial - Traditional Physical Wisdom, Innovation and Technology.

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