The Curtain Rises on the 10th Attakkalari India Biennial

As we wait on the cusp of a year gone and a year anew, the Attakkalari India Biennial (AIB) is poised to pull the curtains up for the show to begin. The past two years have been tough for all of us, and even as the world continues to heal, there is also a palpable need for interaction, reconnection, and inspiration.The Biennial, which rings in its 10th edition this year, hopes to add that extra zing with a thoughtfully-curated stream of events centred on the theme: INSPIRE BENGALURU. The festival this year has dance companies, dancers and choreographers from India, South Korea, Netherlands, UK, Australia, Japan, Spain, Germany, Norway and Switzerland taking part. 

 

An idea that was planted in 2000, AIB has grown over the years to become one of India’s - and South Asia’s - largest and preeminent movement and digital arts festivals. It has emerged as a revered stage for renowned dancers and choreographers the world over, and as a platform for encouraging new talent in the contemporary movement arts space in the region. The Biennial in every edition has succeeded in presenting acts and ideas that question the status quo, raise uncomfortable questions and show a new way of thinking. Like all art must do. 

 

As a cultural force, the Biennial has also attempted to reflect and mirror contemporary realities. This year is no different. In this new world we inhabit, the boundaries of the stage have been blurred. The proscenium today has segued past brick-and-mortar into our devices. In step with this new world order, AIB 2021-22 comes to you as a hybrid festival, so that viewers anywhere in the world can cue in and immerse themselves in the shows. It will be a translocal community initiative where artistes, art lovers and viewers can come together to watch, connect and dialogue with one another - irrespective of their physical geographies.  

 

Highlights of AIB 2021-22 include: 

  1. Keeping COVID-19 protocols in mind, the Attakkalari India Biennial will be held over three months from December to February. Almost all of the events will be held over the weekends. 

  2. AIB kicks off with the Winter School, which is a set of workshops that will be conducted by international choreographers who are participating in the festival. 

  3. The mainstage performances of the festival will begin with the premiere of Sthavara Jangama. Choreographed by festival director Jayachandran Palazhy with music composed by MD Pallavi and Bindhumalini, the performance piece takes inspiration from the art and architecture of the Vijayanagara Empire and juxtaposes it with modern dance forms. 

  4. Screendance, the film screening component of the festival, is being done in collaboration with organisations such as the InKo Centre,  Korean Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Partnership Initiative 2021, Belfast International Arts Festival among others. There’s also a selection of films curated by the Attakkalari Festival team. This event will be completely online. 

  5. Open Call is a two-day event where young and upcoming Indian dancers will get a chance to showcase their latest dance pieces. 

  6. Ligament, a publication project on dance writing and documenting the festival, has been a steady component of AIB. Led by Meghna Bhardwaj this year, the project will be conducted completely online. 

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After two years of no-shows and virtual shows, the time ahead promises to be interesting: new rules are being written even as we crave for the good ol’ days. With a steadfast vision and a new outlook, the Attakkalari India Biennial invites you to celebrate the possibility of what can be. Come and get inspired. 

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts

377/22, 6th Cross Rd, Vinayaka Nagar, NGO Colony, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560027

CALL FOR ENTRIES

OPEN STUDIO

A popular event in AIB’s bi-annual ready reckoner, it features a curated set of performances by dance artists and groups based in India.

Application Deadline: CLOSED

The  Attakkalari India Biennial 2021-22 invites professional dancers, dance groups, soloists and choreographers from India to present their latest works to an informed audience. 

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Writing on DAnce

A 10-day immersive workshop on learning the craft of documenting, writing and archiving Dance

Mentor: Dance journalist and critic Melanie Suchy

Coordinator/ Editor: Meghna Bhardwaj  

Application Deadline: CLOSED

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2021

                   
Attakkalari
India Biennial

10th Edition of 
Dec 2021 - Feb 2022

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  • Yarning- A Virtual Exhibition
    A Virtual exhibition
    22 Jan, 4:00 pm
    A Virtual exhibition
    Delhi-based dancer and scholar Meghna Bhardwaj explores the relationship between dance/movement and the rhythmic gestures of knitting, weaving, sewing and stitching through three films and a sound installation.
  • Screendance: Garry Stewart's Films
    Online Event
    22 Jan, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm IST
    Online Event
    Films by Australian choreographer Garry Stewart Catch the screening of highly-acclaimed films on dance The Circadian Cycle, South and Supernature directed by Garry Stewart, Australian choreographer and former artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide
  • Pity, A film poem by Iraqi Bodies
    Film Screening
    23 Jan, 7:00 pm IST
    Film Screening
    Direction: Anmar Taha and Josephine Gray
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