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Attakkalari Dance Company, Jayachandran Palazhy ed Hemabharathy Palani (India)

Villa Simonetta - Verbania

25.05.2024 | 6PM - 9PM
26.05.2024 | 2PM - 8PM
01.06.2024 | 6PM - 9PM
02.06.2024 | 2PM - 8PM
Duration: 40 minutes on loop


Price: free entry

The encounter between Attakkalari and CROSS dates back to 2017 when CROSS Festival invited the choreographer Jayachandran Palazhy to Verbania at Teatro Il Maggiore with the show Bhinna Vinyasa and hosted performances by dancer and choreographer Hemabharathy Palani in the cloister of the Museo del Paesaggio. This time the operation is reversed, Antonella Cirigliano and Federico Torre followed the rehearsal and realization of 4 pieces by the historic Indian company that uses Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu and Kathakali as an important basis of study for the creation of highly suggestive contemporary pieces with a unique dreamlike visual potential. Through mixing video, lighting, costumes and props, Attakkalari revisit their own culture by making it current. The result is a video installation, a video art project, with editing and direction by Stefania Carbonara. The video installation on view in Verbania during CROSS Festival 2024 also presents a rich visual documentation through interviews and the introduction of the Nagarika project, which was directed by Jayachandran himself and constitutes a digital archive of the history of the movement in India and its religious and ritualistic implications.

Jeeva Pravaaha is a performance that reflects on the experiences of migrants during India’s sudden closure due to COVID-19. Set among the architectural wonders of southern India, it explores how these structures influenced life rituals and transformed the concept of home from a refuge to a place of isolation and tension. Through a mixture of heritage, memories and contemporary cityscapes, the performance celebrates the individual freedom and inner spirituality of wandering devotees. With digital images created by artist Kunihiko Matsuo and almost obsessive music by M.D. Pallavi and Bindhu Malini, Jeeva Pravaaha offers a profound reflection on the human condition, and particularly migrants, during crisis situations.

Soul of the Soil is a piece choreographed by the artistic director Jayachandran Palazhy and is part of the AadhaaraChakra production. The performers dressed in typical village attires reminiscent of yesteryears moves to a Tamil folk song composed and sung by renowned folk musician Shri Kupuswamy. The work reflects the dichotomy of our lives in which tradition and modernity coexist. In today’s urban world where technology dominates our lives, the song transports us to another time and place, perhaps to a more idyllic existence.

Nava Durga is a performance piece created during the COVID lockdown period, commissioned by the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP). The work is inspired by images of the powerful and fierce Goddess Durga created by 9 contemporary women painters and uses original music created by Idappally Ajit Kumar. This dance explores the conditions of Indian women today and the challenges they face, offering an allegorical interpretation of women’s struggle against injustice, gender bias, and social discrimination, using Durga’s victories against evil as inspiration.

Vanna Vativukal is a choreography commissioned as the final piece of the National Bridal Couture Fashion week in Delhi becoming the centerpiece of the event. The piece begins with an exploration of the masculine and feminine energies that exist within us and explores the playful nature of the courtship period. The choreography moves through images of courtship, union and sharing, celebrating sensuality by invoking images of rites of passage, rituals and elements such as water, to music specially composed by MIDIval Punditz. 

Jeeva Pravaaha

Choreography: Jayachandran Palazhy
Music: M D Pallavi and Bindhu Malini
Visual projections: Kunihiko Matsuo
Costumes: Aloka D’sousa

Soul of the Soil

Choreography:  Jayachandran Palazhy
Light Design: Pipon
Light Execution: Shymon Chelad
Music & Sound Concept: Sam Auinger and Martin Lutz
Folk Music: Kuppuswamy
Costume Design: Sanchita
Additional Costume Design: Jyoti Sachdev

Nava Durga

Choreography:  Jayachandran Palazhy
Music:  Idappally Ajit Kumar
Costume: Aloka D’sousa
Light Design: Shymon Chelad

Vanna Vativukal

Choreography:  Jayachandran Palazhy
Music:  MIDIval Punditz
Costume: Tarun Tahiliani
Light Design: Shymon Chelad

Attakkalari Dance Company is the performance wing of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, India’s premier contemporary dance organization. It performs both nationally and internationally with productions that are at the forefront of India’s contemporary dance scene, which often incorporates the latest developments from digital arts, creative illuminations and innovative music. Attakkalari’s multimedia dance productions, choreographed by artistic director, Jayachandran Palazhy, have received much praise and have been performed at prestigious festivals around the world. Attakkalari India Biennial is the largest contemporary dance festival in South Asia while its Incubation Center for Arts and Media (ICAM) creates international partnerships and collaborations to facilitate the creation of new performances. Attakkalari has succeeded in transforming Bangalore into a center for contemporary dance in South Asia and is working to create a new Center for Innovation in the Performing Arts (CIPA) in the city.

Jayachandran Palazhy is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and artistic director of the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Bangalore) whose work has influenced the development of contemporary dance in India. Jayachandran has trained in contemporary dance, ballet, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kalarippayattu, Tai Chi, Capoeira, and Indian and African folk dance forms. His transdisciplinary multimedia dance productions, created in collaboration with international artists, and multimedia dance productions have toured extensively and received much acclaim from both audiences and critics. Jayachandran is the director of the Attakkalari India Biennial, FACETS Choreography Residency, the Incubation Centre for Arts & Media (ICAM), the Attakkalari Diploma program, and numerous educational, artistic and professional training initiatives. He is a speaker, consultant and mentor for international dance residencies and festivals and has directed a research and communication project, NAGARIKA, an online interactive archive on Indian Somatic Expressions. He is a guest lecturer at a number of renowned universities in India and abroad, and is currently leading the construction of a new Center for Innovation in the Performing Arts (CIPA) in Bangalore. He has written many articles on dance for several national and international publications and has received several awards and honors for his choreography and other contributions to dance. 

Hemabharathy Palani is a renowned choreographer and dancer and rehearsal director of the Attakkalari Dance Company in Bangalore. Her training encompasses diverse dance styles, including contemporary dance, Kalaripayattu, yoga, capoeira, and Indian classical dance forms Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dance. She has participated in numerous multimedia dance productions and international collaborations, earning awards such as the Public’s First Choice Award for her work Trikonanga at the 18th International Solo Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart in 2013 and the Robert Bosch Young Choreographer’s Award in 2009 and Best Female International Choreographer and Performer Award at the Festival Danses Quartiers (Montreal) in 2018. She has also received awards for her work in Kuchipudi. She has participated in prestigious training programs such as Sadler’s Wells Summer University in London where she was able to work with award-winning choreographer and author Jonathan Burrows. She has presented her work in many international venues and symposia performing at major dance festivals around the world. Her works include Trikonanga, Chaaya, Uruvam, TwineYasshti and dance film Toss for Dance Umbrella (London) and Fuel Theatre (UK). During pandemic Hema created the dance film Salt & Sugar commissioned by Fuel Theatre, a hybrid interactive performance with choreographer Nicola Gali in partnership with Marche Teatro (Ancona, Italy) while in collaboration with Japanese artists and with the support of Japan Foundation, she premiered –scape. She has also worked as an assistant choreographer for several films in South India.

Stefania Carbonara, class of 1992, studied graphic design at the Paul Klee Art School in Genoa and in 2016 graduated in Media Design and Multimedia Arts at NABA, New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In the same year she takes care of the photography and filming for the Life Augmented / Regista D’impresa commercial within the company St Microelectronics and directed by Vittoria Maiolo with whom she continues to collaborate. With her she realizes the commercial Erasmus + Endire and two music videos for the Genoese group Le Astronavi with whom Stefania continues to work preparing live visuals projected during their concerts and further video clips. She also does photography direction for independent short films and videos related to musical experimentation with different singers, underground bands and dance videos made with the group LabDanceDisordinart. She has participated as a videomaker in the Santarcangelo dei Teatri Festival, BilBolBul and the Bologna International Comics Festival. She wrote and directed two short films, Il Piccolo Uno with which she participated in the 2014 Genova Film Festival and Agnese Transitoria. She also created most of the music videos for singer Simone Carbonara, with whom she started a long project of collaborations in video and sound design, called Sistek. She currently works as an academic assistant for Media Design and New Technologies courses at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti – Milan.