About the Workshop -
In this workshop, Smarasundaranguni (javali) will be a medium to talk about thought and action. The subtext that defines abhinaya to connect the various threads of communication in a composition will be taught/presented as an approach to choreography.
The workshop is open to dancers (of all genders) and students of dance of all classical forms.
About Vidhya Subramanian -
Vidhya Subramanian is an eminent Bharatanatyam artist, acclaimed for her sensitive choreography and emotionally charged performances. Trained under gurus S.K.Rajarathnam and Kalanidhi Narayanan, her artistry has earned appreciation the world over. An articulate and moving performer, she employs her outstanding interpretive and dramatic skills to make the emotions palpably present on stage. A sought after artist to perform and teach, her dance, witnessed in prestigious centres such as World Music Institute, New York, Theatre de Soleil, Paris, is often described as an offering of mind, body and soul. The Hindu describes her work thus: “Vidhya Subramanian combined sringara, bhakti and philosophy, impressing rasikas with her compelling technique of expression. The dancer depicted an individual’s appeal to a higher power whether in love or spirituality with sophistication.” With an MA in Theatre Arts, she has enriched her artistic experience with forays into theatre and film as well.
About Found in Translation -
Found in Translation is a two part video project collaboration between two performing artists and researchers - Shabari Rao and Kumudha Chandrasekaran, aimed at bridging the worlds of dance theory or conceptual thinking and dance practice or physicality and doing.
Found in Translation is a project that embeds conceptual rigor in practice on one hand, and enriches writing with a danced expression, on the other, through the format of danced essays. While the text provides a certain kind of 'information' regarding the ideas that are being explored, the movement provides a different kind of information.
The intent of this project is to revisit familiar concepts in dance such as repertoire and improvisation. Bringing tacit experiences, processes, and knowledge into a reflection could enable practitioners, scholars, and thinkers to build a sound relationship between the knowing and doing in dance, through facilitation of the intellectual capacity. This project aims to suggest one way to overcome the theory/practice divide and highlight the synergy between the two. Find out more about the project here - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-kumudha-and-shabari