AN INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP ON BHARATANATYAM
This workshop is an introduction to the historically established South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, with a contemporary understanding and vocabulary by Subhashini Goda. This workshop is for anybody interested in movement and dancing.
The workshop will begin with a warmup, some body tuning exercises then ease into exploring basic movement and gestures. Subhashini will teach a short choreography, but the main focus will be on an improvised piece where participants can attempt to build their story through gestures and movement.
No previous experience is required. All that you would need are clothes that facilitate movement, with no shoes while dancing.
What is Bharatanatyam?
Bharatanatyam is a dance form from the state of Tamil Nadu located in the South of India. Originally a dance form of ritualistic importance that was practised in the temples, Bharatanatyam now has gained both national and transnational recognition as a classical dance form and is performed on occasions that are not limited to religious importance. The dance form combines complex rhythmic footwork, and intricate storytelling through gestures and expression. While it is usually performed solo, it is now performed in groups as well and expertly combines tradition and contemporaneity.
About Subhashini Goda
Subhashini Goda is an interdisciplinary performing artist, researcher and a poet from Chennai, India, specialising in the dance form of Bharatanatyam. She has been practising and performing for close to three decades and has taught the dance form for well over fifteen years. With a masters in English literature and another in Dance Anthropology, the core of her artistic practice revolves around traditions, transgressions, and memories. She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD at University College Dublin and her academic research is situated at the intersections of dance, diaspora, and identity.