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Fall Arts: Bhinna Vinyasa presented by Live Art Dance

On its first-ever Canadian tour, Indian troupe Attakkalari Dance Company explores migration through movement.


  • Attakkalari Marco Caselli Nirmal

Attakkalari Dance Company: Bhinna Vinyasa
September 20-21, 2018, 8pm
Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue

In a rapidly changing world, migration has become an increasingly important subject in the work of artists around the globe. It's a topic whose representation has stakes for politics, sure, but also for identity, how we see ourselves and others. And for Jayachandran Palazhy, artistic director and founder of Bangalore, India's Attakkalari Dance Company, there's no better medium for exploring the subject of migration than the movement of the body through dance.

"I am interested in how concepts and ideas materialize as physical responses through movements," says Palazhy, who choreographed Attakkalari's latest production, Bhinna Vinyasa.

He describes the show, which runs September 20 and 21 at the Dunn Theatre, as "mapping the fractured fragments of dreams, desires, hopes and stark realities in the context of rapid and often unplanned urbanization, environmental shifts and migration.

"The incredible changes and shifts happening in the world today affecting each of us prompted me to delve into the ideas of identity, belonging and sense community in the changing world," says Palazhy. "Migration...became the catalyst in exploring human condition and the tension between the centre and periphery in this work."

With Bhinna Vinyasa, Attakkalari is also marking a milestone for the company. Its stop in Halifax, presented by Live Arts Dance, also marks the troupe's first appearance here—one in a string of many firsts its inaugural Canadian tour. "We are very happy about the warm and overwhelming way the work was received already in Montreal," he says, "and are looking forward to our interactions in Halifax."

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