Attakkalari global fest kicks off

For the senses

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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