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Go Now: Dance, Dance, Dance at the Attakkalari Festival in Bengaluru

South Asia’s largest contemporary dance festival returns to Bengaluru.  
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The Attakkalari India Biennial is the largest festival of contemporary dance and digital arts in South Asia. Photo: Marie Chouinard | Dancers: Sandrine Lafond, Carla Maruca, Isabelle Poirier

The Attakkalari India Biennial is a chance to meet the movers and shakers of contemporary dance. The festival, held in Bengaluru from Fri February 3-Sun February 12, 2017, draws performers from India and around the world. Expect edgy collaborations by dancers from South Africa, Korea, and Germany, workshops on the movement arts, and a bevy of elegantly dressed, kohl-eyed arts enthusiasts.

One of the highlights of this season is Bhinna Vinyasa, directed by the centre’s artistic director Jayachandran Palazhy and inspired from kalaripayattu, bharatanatyam, yoga, and European contemporary forms. The piece comments on the impact of the rapid changes of the last decade on personal and collective experience.

Among the performers to watch out for at the eighth biennial are South Africa’s Vuyani Dance Theatre, Spanish dance ensemble Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Rachid Ouramdane from France, Compagnie Marie Chouinard from Canada, and Fabien Prioville from Germany. More shows are still being lined up, including from Korea and the Netherlands. Several performers will conduct workshops on topics like kalaripayattu and contemporary dance, which are open to all against registration.

The festival celebrates 15 years of the dance school with a showcase, titled Platform Plus, of Indian contemporary dance shows. Also look out for freshly minted work from Facets 2017, Attakkalari’s residency for emerging choreographers that is held just prior to the festival. While some events are ticketed, there is free entry to the talks, and film screenings of dance works that are no longer being performed.

Between shows, step out to enjoy Bengaluru’s crisp February weather and watch the jacarandas in bloom along its roads and many parks. Seek out the city’s coolest nooks with our guide, spend hours at its charming, cut-price bookstores, and tuck into cheap and cheery meals.

The Guide

Where Various venues in Bengaluru.

When Fri February 3-Sun February 12, 2017.

Getting There Bengaluru has its own airport, and railway stations which are connected to most major metros in the country.

Entry Ticketed, prices to be announced. Tickets available at the Attakkalari centre, and on www.bookmyshow.com; Ranga Shankara tickets are also available at the venue.

Details Check www.attakkalari.org/index.php?page=festivals and the Facebook page for details on timings, events, workshop registration details, and updates.

  • Saumya Ancheri is the former Assistant Editor of NGT India's web team. She loves places by the sea, and travels to shift her own boundaries. She tweets as @Saumya_Ancheri.

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