Parth Bhardwaj / Hema Bharathi Palani

Workshop Attakkalari Movement Technique


When and where
June 15, h 10:00 – 13:00
Palazzina Ex Fabbri, Piazzale delle Cascine – Florence

Who it is for
professional dancers

How to register
The laboratory costs € 25.00 which also includes tickets to attend the screening of the film Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-leela by Indian director Sanjay Leela Bhansali (June 13, La Compagnia, Via Cavour 50/r, Florence) and the dance show Bhinna Vinyasa by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts – Bangalore (June 14-15, La Compagnia, Via Cavour 50/r, Florence). For information and registrations write to


The workshop Attakkalari Movement Technique starts with a warm up based on Yoga stretches, followed by Attakkalari’s unique body alignment, breath and focus exercises. There will then be an initiation into the idea of alignment, breath, focus, sense of gravity, and multiple spaces that operate in our movement vocabulary. The notion of wiring the body in different ways through the concept of energy distribution to various part of the body will also be touched upon.
This will be followed by short sequences introducing the concepts of body and principles of movement embedded in Indian performance traditions, martial art forms and body care systems.
The participants will then learn sequences from Attakkalari’s own movement language employing these principles. Along with Macro and traveling movements there will also be an emphasis on micro and delicate movements typical of Indian performance traditions. This will be followed by a warm down.


Parth Bhardwaj graduated from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2009. Alongside his independent work, Parth works with Attakkalari’s Repertory Company. He was part of a Swiss collaborative production – ISSHH(क), choreographed by Nicole Seiler and has worked with Indonesian choreographer, Yola Yulifiandi on his piece – Salma. Parth has a keen interest in the development of arts education and has closely worked with Attakkalari’s Mobile Academy to set up educational projects. Recently, he was selected for the Special Jury Mention Award at the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Award (PECDA) 2016 for his piece – Urban Chaos.


Hema Bharathi 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.







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