Secret Florence

Fabbrica Europa's event

June 12, 2017 - June 13, 2017 18:00

Refettorio Ex Scuola Marescialli Firenze | IT

Free admission

Limited places available
To book call:
055 2638480 /
055 2480515

June 12, h 18:00
June 13, h 19:00

by Hema Bharathi Palani
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts – Bangalore

by Jayachandran Palazhy
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts – Bangalore


Secret Florence’s core mission is to enhance the attractiveness of the city of Florence during the opening week of Pitti Immagine Uomo. This is achieved through an innovational and high quality artistic proposal intended for a young, international audience interested in unveiling the connections between contemporary artistic languages and the extraordinary historical heritage of the city. Secret Florence is part of the “Programma Speciale Fiere Pitti Immagine 2017” (Special Fair Programme at Pitti Immagine 2017) promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana (Florence Centre for Italian Fashion) and supported by Mise (Ministero Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economical Development) and Agenzia Ice as part of the general support project for Italian fairs and the Made in Italy brand.
You can download Secret Florence‘s full programme HERE.


Hema Bharathi Palani

In this highly evocative piece, Hema Bharathi Palani attempts to tie the different ideas of solitude together. Using the larger metaphor of twine, she explores the elasticity with which people become extensions of each other, sometimes coming together, sometimes drifting apart. Challenging the notions of gender one male and two female dancers share the complexities of one’s identity. Set to the haunting sound score of Samar Grewal, the captivating movements of Twine are imbued with the distilled qualities of Indian physical traditions while bringing out refreshing contemporary images. The work is a meditation on being alone in one’s life, but not necessarily being lonely. As the momentum of living never slows down, Hema reveals the smaller things one often misses out on – contemplating shadows, or telling secrets (albeit in gibberish), or observing the different personalities one has at different times. Twine ties, pulls, shifts, holds together, and at other times, falls apart.

Hema Bharathy Palani is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. Based in Bangalore, India, she is one of the most promising young talents in contemporary dance today. Hema is known for her fluidity, musicality and evocative performances. Her classical training in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam serve as a base that roots her, whilst she delves into the expressive capabilities of contemporary dance. Currently, she is the Rehearsal Director at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, where she also works as a choreographer, performing artist and teacher.
concept and choreography: Hema Bharathi Palani
performance: Sylvester Mardi, Meghna Nambiar, Hema Bharathi Palani
music composition: Samar Grewal


Jayachandran Palazhy

Vanna Vativukal – choreographed by Jayachandran Palazhy – invokes rituals and festivities typical of an Indian wedding as well as images of courtship, relationship and sharing.

Jayachandran Palazhy, founder and artistic director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, is an internationally sought after dancer and choreographer at the forefront of the contemporary Indian movement arts scene.
Driven by Attakkalari’s underlying philosophy “Traditional Physical Wisdom, Innovation & Technology”, Jayachandran is deeply committed to extending the reach of contemporary movement arts. His path breaking work makes Indian movement expressions of contemporary reality more visible both nationally and internationally. At Attakkalari Jayachandran has directed an exhaustive research and documentation project NAGARIKA – on the movement principles of Indian physical traditions
A gifted and innovative choreographer, Jayachandran’s collaborations with international artists whose works involve digital arts and interactive technology have resulted in some very exciting multimedia dance productions.



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