Philadelphia LIve Arts Festival & Philly Fringe
Independence Black Box at the Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut Street
September 13, 7 p.m.
Talk and film by Jayachandran Palazhy, director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, India
Demonstration by Hema Bharathy Palani, senior dancer at Attakkalari
Explore the physical traditions of Indian performing arts with the artistic director of the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, India's premiere organization working in contemporary movement arts. From its research of ancient forms, Attakkalari is developing a contemporary South Asian physical training program for a new generation of performing artists. This presentation focuses on Kalarippayattu, one of the oldest known martial arts forms, and its various body concepts and movement principles. Features filmed interviews with master teachers, movement sequences, and stunning shots from inside the training arenas, dug down into the red soil of Kerala, in southwestern India, where the form first evolved. Interspersed with the film segments are a conversation with Jayachandran Palazhy, the project's director, and a live movement demonstration.