Introduction to Kuchipudi
10am-12pm Saturday 1 June
Kuchipudi is a centuries-old classical dance from Andhra Pradesh, India. Rarely performed in Malaysia, this dance form is known for its graceful movements and strong dramatic character. The first part of this workshop will explore the significance of Kuchipudi in contrast to other Indian classical dance forms. The second part will involve learning a short dance number. Open to all, with or without dance experience, but dancers with Indian classical dance experience may find the second section easier.
About the instructor
Sarvani Yadavalli is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and India World Cultural Forum. Endowed with scintillating grace, Sarvani has a captivating stage presence with an aptitude for rhythm and expressions. She has charmed audiences with her soft and expressive movements since the age of seven, has performed at several Indian and international dance festivals and conducted many workshops. Her choreography enthralls audiences, transporting them to a different world. With a certification in Kuchipudi dance from Potti Sree Ramulu University, she was honored with the Nrithya Shiromani Award by Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh and the title Nrithya Vilasini for her significant contribution to the art form.
(Improvisati)onion – Layers of Spontaneous Dancing
3-5pm Saturday 1 June
Less pungent than an onion and just about more fun, this workshop eases into spontaneous dancing through partner-work. We will give each other physical impulses through layers of skin, muscle and bone – by way of a tap, a nudge, or a tilt. Another layer of exploration is along the spectrum between full release and control, which develops sensitivity and connection among dancers. With each other as fellow improvisers, we will open ourselves to the unexpected and the sweetness it brings to our creative practice. Open to all, with or without dance experience.
About the instructor
Faye Minli Lim lives in Singapore where she continues her movement practice in improvisation and martial arts, teaches dance to children and youths, and is a full-time community arts advocate. She founded the Strangeweather Movement Group to develop an enduring|endearing practice in dance exploration and improvisation. Previously based in NYC, Faye has also worked with such artists as Benjamin Rasmussen, the multi-disciplinary Bessie award-winning Dana Salisbury & The No-See-Ums, and Patricia Noworol. She holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in World Arts & Cultures from UCLA.
Faye’s workshop is part of the MyDance Improvisation Series.
This Body, by Its Human
Sunday 2 June, 12.30pm-2.30pm
In the first hour, we allow ourselves permission to enjoy our bodies and investigate its movement, and to challenge our limits or tap into the pleasure of “easy stuff”. Participants will be invited to awaken numb flesh, become aware of habits and experience alternative movement pathways, and give in to the coexistence of contrasting qualities.
In the second hour, through choreographed phrases, participants can practice applying such body and movement outlook into performance. The first hour is open to both dancers and non-dancers. The second hour may require intermediate dance experience, but all participants are welcome to stay on.
About the instructor
While enrolled at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Lee Ren Xin danced with and choreographed for T.H.E. Second Company in Singapore. After completing her BFA in Dance at the Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York, she danced for a year with LeeSaar The Company, strongly based in the Gaga technique devised by Ohad Naharin of Batsheva Dance Company. She loves collaborating and is drawn to instant performance, contact improvisation, and the human.
ASWARA (National University of Arts & Heritage) 464 Jalan Tun Ismail, off Jalan Parlimen, 50480 Kuala Lumpur (just next to the Padang Merbok football field).
Entry is free but places are limited, and training prerequisites may apply. To reserve a place, fill in this form or call the Festival Ticketing Officer at +6012 674 8411, or the Festival Hotline +6017 310 3769.