A treat for the senses

Attakkalari Biennial

A treat for the senses

The Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts will roll out the eighth edition of the Attakkalari India Biennial (AIB) from February 3 to 12. AIB 2017 will be held at five venues across the city — Ranga Shankara, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Gurunanak Bhavan, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and Christ University.

The theme of this edition is ‘BLR Moves’ and the festival will feature a host of performers and delegates from across the globe, encouraging the dance-enthusiastic public of the city, and the country, to join the celebration.

The 10-day festival this year will witness cutting-edge contemporary dance and digital performances from several countries, including the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Poland, South Africa, Finland and India.

Jayachandran Palazhy, artistic director of Attakkalari, said, “Featuring the freshest voices in the contemporary dance scene in South Asia today along with some of the most innovative and acclaimed artistes from across the globe, the event promises to be a feast for the senses and offers something for everybody.”

He added, “During the Attakkalari India Biennial 2017, one can also try few moves of their own and participate in discussions, seminars, film screenings and express their opinion through our online journal ‘Ligament’.”

Festival manager Ruhi from Attakkalari said, “We organise this event once in two years because it takes that much time to curate the best performances for our spectators. We have advisors around the world who keep advising us on the best of contemporary movement arts. We want everyone to enjoy this visual feast to the fullest.”

The opening night on February 3 will feature vibrant creations by popular Korean dance companies ‘Gamblerz & Animation’ and ‘Second Nature Dance Company’. There will also be a world premiere of Attakkalari Repertory Company’s newest choreography, ‘Bhinna Vinyasa’, on February 6. Cie Nicole Seiler from Switzerland will conclude the biennial with ‘Isshhq’ on February 12.

The tickets for the programme, which will be held from February 3 to 12, are available on www.bookmyshow.com and at the Attakkalari office. Tickets for shows at Ranga Shankara are also available at the venue.

Philippe Libersa, director, Alliance Francaise de Bengalore; Sudhakar Rao, former chief secretary, government of Karnataka, Claus Heimes, director, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan; and B Jayashree, theatre personality, were present on the occasion of the announcement of the biennial.

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