Platform 22

Platform has been a constant leitmotif of the Attakkalari India Biennial. A program envisioned to promote and nurture emerging talent in the contemporary movement arts and dance making space in South Asia, the past editions have seen original ideas and fresh choreographies being presented by young dancers and choreographers who were cherry-picked for it. It is great validation that many of them pivoted off this platform to find recognition on a global stage.

The tradition continues this year with four incredibly talented and award-winning Indian dancers showcasing their independent choreographies for Platform 22.

Day 1 : 11 Jan 2022, Tuesday

Artist Lineup: Priyabrat Panigrahi & Sanjukta Sinha

Time:  7.30pm

Venue: Ranga Shankara, Bengaluru

Day 2 : 11 FEB 2022, Friday

Artist Lineup: Rukmini Vijayakumar, Ritu Varier & Devansh Gandhi

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Ranga Shankara, Bengaluru

Priyabrat Panigrahi

Citizens Of Stage Co Lab | Bengaluru, India 

Priyabrat Panigrahi is a performer, teacher and choreographer based in Bengaluru. Trained at the Attakkalari Center For Movement Arts and P.A.R.T.S Contemporary dance school in Brussels, Priyabrat’s focus of interest lies in the intersectionality of dance and somatic practices. A significant part of his work has been about exploring the physical and metaphysical body. He has performed at prestigious international platforms including the Bonjour India Festival, Kalaa Utsavam, The Old Theater Festival and The Hindu Festival. 

How Long is Forever (50 mins)
How Long is Forever opens with five bodies in space – five bodies that from a distance appear as part of one fabric or as integrated and dynamic elements of the breathing topography. The production aims to transfer the energetic experience of the five moving bodies to its audience through the interplay of breath, time, energy and space. As a  meditation of moments, How Long is Forever reminds you why dance and poetry are necessary for the human experience, particularly at a time of crisis, violence, separation and anarchy. Watching the piece then is not just awe-inspiring but therapeutic too. 

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Sanjukta Sinha 

Sanjukta Sinha Dance Company |  Ahmedabad, India

Sanjukta Sinha is a dance artist who wears the Kathak technique like a fine cloak draping herself in its opulent traditions with ease. Sanjukta has collaborated with some of the most illustrious names in the industry, and has a wealth of experience performing across local and international arenas. She was awarded the prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2016 and launched her eponymous dance company in Ahmedabad in October 2019. 

Shifting Sands (45 mins) 

The name of the dance production metaphorically refers to times that are a’changing. The earth is constantly revolving on its axis and there are changes happening across life, nature, environment, economy, technology, stability and even art forms. A lot like sand that doesn’t hold shape and shifts easily. Shifting Sands implores viewers to take a close look at their inner selves and embrace the constants and the ephemerals that make up their lives. The production narrates its vision by weaving in the essence of Kathak – a dance form that has evolved with time.  

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