South Asia's largest and most important international festival for contemporary movement arts, Attakkalari India Biennial 2017, is about to launch its much awaited 8th edition in its home-city Bengaluru and will be held in multiple venues across the city from 03 to 12 February 2017. It guarantees to be an exciting 10-day long event, where fresh and cutting edge choreographies by the newly discovered talents in the scene, along with works by acclaimed and established dance companies from different corners of the globe will be featured, marking the coming of age of contemporary movement arts scene in Bengaluru and India.
For this edition, with a hugely relevant theme, BLR Moves, many exciting events are planned to animate the many cityscapes of Bengaluru, encouraging its citizens to groove with dancers and choreographers of their choice from different parts of the world. Site-specific performances, city walks, master classes, workshops, film screenings and other lead-up activities will offer the dance enthusiastic public opportunities to actively participate in the festival. For those who wish to attend the shows, there exist world class performances every evening for the ten-day festival through centre-stage and an exciting line-up of emerging choreographers too to pick from. This edition will also see development of many partnerships and furthering of connections that were fostered in the earlier editions, courtesy the continued goodwill and encouragement of Attakkalari's supporters and well-wishers.
The festival will comprise a series of initiatives that have enriched the dance community in Bengaluru and India in general. These are also great opportunities for the dancers and choreographers who are looking to challenge themselves to grow. The festival programme includes:
2. FACETS International Choreography Residency 2017
3. Emerging South Asia Platform 17
4. Platform Plus
5. Seminars and Colloquia
6. Writing on Dance Lab
7. Dance on Camera
8. Off-Stage Interventions
This festival also marks the 15-year anniversary of Attakkalari's continued efforts of disseminating and sustaining contemporary movement arts in and beyond Bengaluru. The festival, thus, becomes more spectacular with an additional segment Platform Plus where works of high quality and artistic calibre from India will be showcased. These artists have carved a niche with their work and have emerged as important players in the field of contemporary movement arts. The celebration of the anniversary will be through the festival, its lead up activities, the programmes under the umbrella of Biennial 2017 across the four iconic and famous cultural venues of the cities; namely, Ranga Shankara theatre, Gurunanak Bhavan, Chowdiah Memorial Hall and Alliance Francaise de Bangalore.