Riyaaz: Community Building Through Practising Form (Part 2) JAN14

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HUB 14 – 14 Markham St.

Jan 14 10:00 am – 1:30pm

This project is enabled through the Community Chest residency programme at Hub 14. The aim of the residency is to initiate a conversation about how multiple Indian dance forms are being practiced in the GTA and different ways in which practitioners locate themselves and respond to living here by working individually and collaboratively across disciplines, and experimenting with content, space and duration in performance.
It is a space for dancers to share skills and curiosities about practising, performing and teaching Indian dance forms in Toronto focused around four curated workshops by Neeraja Ramani (Bharatanatyam), Deepti Gupta (Kathak), Brandy Leary (Chhau/Kalari) and Harikishan S Nair (Kuchipudi/Bharatanatyam/Mohiniyattam/Kathakali).

Part 2: Brandy Leary
Brandy Leary creates contemporary performances through the body with an artistic practice informed by dance, martial arts, ritual, circus, and theatre. Her works have been produced and performed in Canada, Europe, India, the Arctic, South Africa and the USA in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums, art galleries and isolated landscapes. She is active in the community as a performer, choreographer, collaborator, curator and Artistic Director of Anandam Dancetheatre. The work she develops holds considerations about the transmission of embodied knowledge; of performance architectures, cultural viewpoints, and customs of audience/performer relationships. She has lived between Canada and India for the past 18 years; training, collaborating and creating (both explicitly and implicitly) in the traditional Indian performing languages of Seraikella and Mayurbhanj Chhau (dance), Kalarippayattu (martial art) and Rope Mallakhamb (aerial rope). In Canada she works with western approaches to aerial rope, post contemporary dance/circus practices and embodied improvisation to create performances. www.anandam.ca

Workshop Description
‘When the Body becomes all Eyes:
Traditional Kalarippayattu for Contemporary Performance’

Kalarippayattu is the traditional martial art from the state of Kerala in southern India. Involving a range of physical, meditative, energetic, healing and weaponry techniques this practice has influenced traditional dance and movement forms as well as contemporary performance approaches both within India and beyond. Working in a laboratory style this workshop introduces some of the fundamental positions and sequences of kalari as well as some lovingly irreverent approaches to map out state, energy and concentration in the body and space for contemporary performance approaches.

No prior experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook and pen.