Attakkalari presents
Attakkalari India Biennial 2017
Theme: BLR Moves
Feb 3 - 12, 2017 Bangalore

January 24, 2017

8th edition of South Asia’s largest and most important international festival for contemporary movement arts is back in its home-city Bengaluru scheduled from 03 to 12 February 2017. Last edition saw the theme Dance Connect being reflected in networks that formed on various levels. While the initiatives of Attakkalari to encourage young, upcoming and talented dance-makers created a stronger and vibrant dance community, the theme also found resonances in large ways where invested cultural managers and decision makers from across the globe were invited to view the contemporary movement arts scene from South Asia in Bengaluru. These multiple interactions and possibilities of future collaborations led to forging of relations which promise to strengthen the culture of dissemination and appreciation of contemporary movement arts in India and, indeed across South Asia.

Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 guarantees to be a 10-day long event of engagement with contemporary movement and digital arts to see the coming of age of contemporary movement in Bengaluru and India, and its emerging role as a strong cultural component in the world of performance and affiliated arts. This edition will see the furthering of the links that were fostered owing to the reputation garnered by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and the sustaining goodwill of its supporters and well-wishers with its theme BLR Moves. The theme has been devised keeping in mind the idea of shaking up Bengaluru to animation and groove with our many masterclasses, workshops and other lead-up activities which would integrate the dance enthusiastic public into the festival.


CENTRE STAGE brings the global stage to the city’s performing art venues and features internationally acclaimed dance companies from across the world. This year’s Centre-Stage will present performances from South Korea, South Africa, France, India, Spain, Poland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, and Switzerland across multiple venues in Bengaluru.

PLATFORM PLUS is a new addition to the festival and presents Indian artists who have carved a niche with their work and have emerged as important players in the field of contemporary movement arts.

PLATFORM 17 is amongst the Biennial’s initiatives to provide avenues for emerging choreographers from the South Asia region. In this edition are presented independent and exciting voices from across the South Asia region.

FACETS INTERNATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY RESIDENCY PROGRAM, organised by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, offers emerging choreographers an inter-disciplinary approach to develop new work and/or further develop their existing work. The participants will undergo a five-week long intense training while being mentored by adept and internationally acclaimed experts including choreographers, light designers, composers, theatre directors and digital artists. During the Residency the choreographers will create/ develop original dance pieces be premiered at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 that follows FACETS 2017. Some selected works from the residency might be considered for further development and/or for performances in other Indian cities.

OFF STAGE INTERVENTIONS presents performances set in the city that aim to engage and intrigue their audiences in exciting new ways.

WRITING ON DANCE LABORATORY is an integral part of the Attakkalari India Biennial. An intensive, collaborative workshop, the ten-day Lab brings together arts writers of diverse backgrounds to discuss, critique, and imagine new possibilities for dance writing in South Asia.

CONVERSATIONS brings together theorists, artists and producers, with aim to address pressing issues and explore new modes of creation, linking concepts, theory, and the practice of movement arts.

STUDIO ENCOUNTERS are an incredible opportunity to learn from and interact with the forces that we meet onstage during the Centre-Stage. The visiting dance companies at the Biennial offer masterclasses for amateurs and professionals, inviting the Indian dance community into their techniques and histories of movement.

DANCE ON CAMERA brings stories, legacies, and the creative processes of the best in contemporary dance around the world to Bengaluru on the big screen.
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Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden 1st Cross, Behind Mandovi Motors, Bangalore 560027
Ph: (080) - 22123684 / 41467690