Dance companies in Chennai meanwhile enjoy enormous popularity what become manifest in an increasing need for Dance performances (for instance 'Flyerz' is a 'State-of-the-Art Dance Company' as well as the 'Swingers Dance Company', both have been established in 1998 and specialized in inventive and progressive dance). 'Attakkalari' from neighboring Karnataka State and choreographer Samir Akika provide another opportunity to Chennai's dance show addicts to supply this want. Their show is going to be a gain for Chennai's dance show 'maniacs', courtesy of Goethe-Institut's ongoing efforts to foster such intercultural events.
Established in 1992, 'Attakkalari' is a registered, public charitable trust formed by artistes from different disciplines to help create contexts for contemporary movement arts, based in Bangalore. 'Attakkalari' has facilitated the development of an enhanced and extensive programme that includes national and international platforms for exchange and performance; strategic movement and digital arts development; research and documentation; new performance works by the 'Attakkalari Repertory'; a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media; and Education and Outreach programmes. As an umbrella organization, 'Attakkalari' provides dynamic leadership and makes strategic intervention to stimulate the growth of a vibrant contemporary performing arts scene in the country.
The company's dance productions articulate human dilemmas and socially relevant ideas through a contemporary performance idiom. 'Attakkalari's' mission is to spread the reach of contemporary performance arts and to make dance a viable career option for young people.
The performance follows a choreography by Samir Akika, an Algier born director and curator, who combines both Indian dance issues and German dance influences. Samir and the 'Attakkalari'-crew already staged before their performance at the 'Urban Mela' 2012 in Bangalore last June, the dance company's home city (another performance will take place in at the 'Urban Mela' in Pune in January 2013).
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
- Year of formation: 1992 in Bangalore/India
- Style of dance: Contemporary Dance (CD can be conceived as a new way of thinking about dance today, a form of expression through movement that processes memory, experience and imagination. The emphasis of contemporary dance is on: Originality, Innovation, Creativity, Interdisciplinarity.)
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- Youtube: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A0LPxni_2U
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- Website: http://www.attakkalari.org/
- News article (The Hindu): http://www.thehindu.com/arts/magazine/article2417983.ece
Samir Akika (Choreographer):
- Samir Akika is a choreographer, director and curator. Born in Algier and raised in a Paris suburb, he studied physics, mathematics and sports in Miami and Paris. He came into dance late in life and studied at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Since 1999, he has worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer with a close bond to the Theater im Pumpenhaus in Münster. Apart from his acclaimed stage productions for adults he has executed projects with adolescents, some of which were in in close collaboration with the Goethe-Institute. In 2009 he received the 'Spitzenförderung TANZ' (promotion of excellence in dance) by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In the same year he founded the production label Unusual Symptoms along with his longtime production partner Alexandra Morales.
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- Youtube: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmi7fciHqVk
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- Website: http://www.samirakika.com/