An initiative of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
Supported by Goethe-Institut / Max-Mueller Bhavan + Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council + Royal Norwegian Embassy
CURRENT ISSUE : ISSUE 6 | VOL 1

The Biennial Issue

Ten-days of this contemporary dance festival besides mainstage performances, a presentation of young choreographers and a showcase for emerging South Asian performers will also enable and engender eight writers at the Writing on Dance Lab to look at the presented works, process the multiple conversations – in and around the festival and reflect on politics, economics and discourses around contemporary dance as practice.

Editorial Team
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Asoka Mendis de Zoysa
Deepika Arwind
Joshua Muyiwa
Kirtana Kumar
Namita A
Nithin Manayath
Ranjana Dave
Roshan Kumar Mogali
Ruhanie Perera
Swar Thounaojam


Cover image : Darshan Manakkal

ARTICLES


... But all my memories are there!

Kirtana Kumar

Kirtana Kumar, a participant at the Writing on Dance Lab, reviews Constanza Macras/Dorkypark & Oscar Bianchi’s The Past.

Wish list: An Ideal Dance Residency in the Subcontinent

Nithin Manayath

Nithin Manayath, a participant at the Writing on Dance Lab, generated this list after a conversation with Sri Lankan choreographer Venuri Perera and Indian choreographer Shilpika Bordoloi from Platform 15: Emerging South Asia.

A LETTER AFTER WATCHING REVANTA SARABHAI

Kirtana Kumar

Kirtana Kumar, a participant at the Writing on Dance Lab, a long-time friend of the Sarabhai family writes a letter on the trajectory of contemporary in relation to this illustrious family.

Small conversations

Kirtana Kumar

Kirtana Kumar, a participant at the Writing on Dance Lab, in an attempt to understand the artistic impulse of the contemporary dancemaker spoke to a few choreographers from the FACETS Choreography Residency and Platform 15: Emerging South Asia.

Grounded

Swar Thounojam

Swar Thounaojam, a participant at Writing on Dance Laboratory, spoke to three choreographers from the FACETS Choreography Residency on finding the familiar.

Making the contemporary more visible

Asoka Mendis de Zoysa

Asoka Mendis de Zoysa, a participant at the Writing on Dance Lab, used ideas of funding, curating and performance spaces as prompts to discuss contemporary dance.

The Best Seat in the House is on Stage

Namita Aavriti / Ruhanie Perera

Namita Aavriti and Ruhanie Perera, participants of the Writing on Dance Lab, investigate the intentions of building a set and its affect on a work.

SNIPPETS : CONVERSATIONS FROM THE LAB


Snippets:Conversations from the Lab 1

Writing on Dance Laboratory

Two phones recorded scraps of conversation AT THE WRITING ON DANCE LABORATORY on the goings-on of the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 Opening Night.

Snippets: Conversations from the Lab 2

Writing on Dance Laboratory

The presentations of the FACETS Choreography Residency, performances from the second and third of the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 were brought to the recorded conversation series at the Writing on Dance Laboratory.

Snippets:Conversations from the Lab 3

Writing on Dance Laboratory

A dissection of Constanza Macras/ Dorkypark and Oscar Bianchi’s The Past, the third in the recorded conversation series from the Writing on Dance Laboratory.

FASHION AT THE FEST ON A CHEAP NOKIA


Fashion at the Fest on a Cheap Nokia - PART I

Kirtana Kumar

Kirtana Kumar, a participant at the Writing on Dance Lab, looks at the performativity of the audience at the Biennial through their fashion choices.

IMAGES FROM THE ATTAKKALARI INDIA BIENNAL 2015


Black Out

Darshan Manakkal

FACETS

Richa Bhavanam

PLATFORM 15

Richa Bhavanam / Darshan Manakkal

CESC GELABERT V.O.+

Darshan Manakkal

4: Still Life

Darshan Manakkal

Pattern and Variable

Dakshan Manakkal

The Past

Darshan Manakkal

Images from Constanza Macras, Dorkpark and Oscar Bianchi's work which explored the art of memory strongly associated with physical locations, rooms and architecture.

4 / 5

Darshan Manakkal

Images from the Tao Dance Theater's two works that are part of choreographer Tao Ye's numbered series of minimalist experimentations.

LES CHANTS DE L'UMAÏ

Darshan Manakkal

Images from Système Castafiore's LES CHANTS DE L'UMAÏ transports us to the fictional Umai, the womb of the universe.

Traces

Darshan Manakkal

Images from Daniel Belton's series of film collages in which the human form is used to investigate themes of mathematical scale, history and connections to topography.

The Measures Taken

Darshan Manakkal

Images from Alexander Whitley Dance Company's work that explored our interdependent relationship with technology.

About

Ligament, the online dance journal, has been launched to reflect the keen rise in the interest to contextualise, reflect and voice the goings-on around contemporary dance practices in the South Asian region. It has been envisioned as an avenue that is aimed at prompting and encouraging a sustained engagement between contemporary dance practitioners, thinkers, writers, artistic practitioners from other mediums, stakeholders and the wider public. Over the past editions of the Attakkalari Dance Biennial, there has been a continuous effort to create a space for writing on dance; and with this squarely in mind, Ligament has been conceived as a platform to facilitate the much-needed articulation and thinking through this evolving language. We hope to accomplish this by looking at this artistic practice through the perspective of historical threads that helped shape, through practice and creation of work, which is adding and solidifying the ever-changing lexicon and its presentation, or even through research and scholarship. The endeavour is to make this an open, creative and vibrant forum that invites ideas, contributions and suggestions allowing for the collective development of this artistic practice in the South Asian context; as well as mapping its links and impacts on contemporary dance as a whole. On one hand, it is about looking at contemporary dance as a growing repository of our present realities and on the other hand delving into our rich heritage of physical and performative traditions in an attempt to seek continuum and elucidate the now. In an attempt to ravel the medium of contemporary dance, We aren’t simply interested in text as a mode of expressing, reading, examining and looking at contemporary dance but to reflect the dynamic and interactive nature of the movement arts, we are also looking towards image, sound and video and the practitioners of these mediums to create and catalyse conversations. We hope that dialogue and discourse enabled through Ligament opens various entry points into the ongoing shifts in contemporary dance for its lovers, practitioners, enablers and its future.


- Jayachandran Palazhy
Artistic Director, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts

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07

What We Do When We Do Contemporary Dance

Ten days of a Writing on Dance Laboratory has triggered these eight writers to ask interesting questions of contemporary dance – its practice, its presentation, its process, its purpose. Through this issue of Ligament, there is an unpacking, undoing and unmaking of this evolving form in order to investigate its impulse, to develop discourse. Writers - - - - - - - - - Asoka Mendis de Zoysa Kirtana Kumar Namita A Nithin Manayath Ranjana Dave Roshan Kumar Mogali Ruhanie Perera Swar Thounaojam Contributors - - - - - - - - - Manola K Gayatri Sundar Sarukkai Editors - - - - - - - - - Deepika Arwind Joshua Muyiwa
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The Biennial Issue

Ten-days of this contemporary dance festival besides mainstage performances, a presentation of young choreographers and a showcase for emerging South Asian performers will also enable and engender eight writers at the Writing on Dance Lab to look at the presented works, process the multiple conversations – in and around the festival and reflect on politics, economics and discourses around contemporary dance as practice. Editorial Team - - - - - - - - - Asoka Mendis de Zoysa Deepika Arwind Joshua Muyiwa Kirtana Kumar Namita A Nithin Manayath Ranjana Dave Roshan Kumar Mogali Ruhanie Perera Swar Thounaojam
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Dance Plays Well With Others

The practice of dance has the openness and quality to reverberate, echo, channel, learn and even submit to the sway of the artistic practices. In this issue of Ligament, we investigate its relationship to sound, its ambition to take on architecture, its affect on theatre to grasp at the genius of this form.
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Looking

What do we look for in dance? What do curators watch for? What is the producer enabling for the the audience’s eyes? What does the spectator see? In this issue of Ligament, we look at the practice of dance from different angles.
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Dancer in the Digital

In this issue of Ligament, we look at the digital in reference to contemporary dance making, in terms of the digital’s affect on dance – its making, its practice and its preserving.
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Traditional / Contemporary

In this issue, we look at the tensions, the juxtaposing and the parallels between these two streams of artistic practices through dance makers and commentators.
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Location! Location! Location!

Our first issue of Ligament is a step towards contextualising contemporary dance in the South Asian region beginning with the idea of location. The notion of the impact of place on the creation, representation and presentation of contemporary dance as an artistic practice.