“AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue” is a hybrid ‘performance event’, weaving in multiple disciplines - movement, film, light, plastic arts, multimedia design and sound. Set in an imagined land and oscillating between the past and present, the work invites the audience to partake in a ritualized experience.
In a complex and often fragmented narrative, the dancers embody characters from diverse Indian locales and periods. Celluloid images accompany the sometimes surreal visual journey.
A small village provides the backdrop for jasmine vendors, vegetable sellers, bangle shops and tricycles - the myriad sounds and rainbow hues invoking an ever present past. The narrow alleyways of old Delhi mesh into the expansive solitude of Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar. Calls from vendors, loud music from temples and mosques, and cricket commentaries blend into an urban Indian cacophony. The production brings alive the essence of domestic life in a traditional Chettinad house, the sacred rituals in a Shiva temple, and the flavours and fragrances of a spice market.
Conceived and directed by Jayachandran Palazhy, Attakkalari’s Artistic Director and choreographed by him and the dancers, ‘AadhaaraChakra – a Dancelogue’ is performed by Attakkalari’s renowned Repertory Company. Music composers Sam Auinger and Martin Lutz modulate classical Indian music, hawkers’ cries, and popular cinematic strains using urban imagination to create an evocative soundscape. Filmic images shot by Rupert Schwarzbauer morph versatile architectural spaces designed by Dominic Dube. The light design by Pipon provides surprise elements which interact with Ken Ferudata’s digital design.
AadhaaraChakra a Dancelogue will preview in Bangalore on 23rd November, 2012 at the Ravindra Kalakshetra and premiere in Delhi at the Purana Quila on 1st December, 2012. This performance will be the curtain raiser to the Attakkalari India Biennial & FACETS 2013.
Produced by: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan within the framework of “Germany and India 2011 – 2012: Infinite Opportunities”.
Supported by: This production is supported by the Ministry of Culture,Government of India; India Council for Cultural Relations; Archaeological Survey of India; Japan Foundation and Atmosphere.
Attakkalari is India’s premiere organization working in the field of contemporary movement arts. Attakkalari's distinct but interlinked programmes include Education & Outreach, a Diploma in Movement Arts & Mixed Media, Research & Documentation, the Attakkalari India Biennial – an international festival of contemporary dance and digital arts and new performance works by the Repertory Company.
Established in 1992 and led by its Artistic Director – Mr. Jayachandran Palazhy, Attakkalari is currently based in Bangalore, India. Committed to interdisciplinary and intercultural art practices, Attakkalari is providing dynamic leadership and making strategic intervention to stimulate the growth of a vibrant contemporary performing arts scene in the country. Attakkalari is driven by its motto – Traditional Physical Wisdom, Innovation and Technology.