A Chennai-based contemporary dancer, Preethi Athreya trained in Bharatanatyam and later went on to do a postgraduate degree in...
Making Dance: A Bohemian Rhapsody
Why do people dance? What does the body give us that words do not? And what movements constitute dance - in other words, when does a movement become dance?
Preethi Athreya's most recent contemporary dance project is Conditions of Carriage, based on jumps. Ten performers jump together for over an hour, holding us enthralled with what they create, communicate and celebrate. Recently, at the Southbank Festival in London, over a 1,000 people stood all around, on footpaths and bridges, to watch this wonderful performance.
Who would have thought the every day jump could be the source of such fascination!
We are delighted to invite Preethi Athreya - contemporary dancer and choreographer - to Mumbai Local. For Preethi, each experience with creating dance opens up new questions. "Why do people dance?" she asks. "What do we want to communicate through dance? What brings us to dance? What does dance allow us to explore? What makes some movements more compelling than others? What are the accidents of discovery?"
At this Mumbai Local, we will journey with Preethi's questions, explorations, experiments and discoveries through dance, from her beginnings in Bharatanatyam to her work today. We can look forward to wonderful anecdotes of epiphany, delightful and quirky demonstrations, and a playful, thoughtful engagement with the possibilities of our bodies.
See you on Fri, 21 July, 5:30 pm, at Kitab Khana. Time to jump for joy!
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
A Chennai-based contemporary dancer, Preethi Athreya trained in Bharatanatyam and later went on to do a postgraduate degree in Dance Studies (Laban Centre, London, 2001).
Working within the Indian contemporary dance scene as a performer, choreographer and facilitator, Preethi's approach is marked by a constant dialogue with form and possibilities of reframing content.
Preethi is one of the co-founders of Basement 21, a practice-based performance collective in Chennai. She is the first recipient of the Ustad Bismillah Khan award for contemporary dance from the Indian Ministry of Culture in 2014. She has also been a recipient of the APPEX (Asia Pacific Performance Exchange) residency in 2010, Bali, Indonesia and the Charles Wallace India Scholarship in 2000, London, UK.
Her creations are Kamakshi (2003) Inhabit (2006), Porcelain (2007) Pillar to Post(2007), Sweet Sorrow (2010), Light Doesn't Have Arms To carry Us (2013), Anki Bunki Kata (2013), Across, Not Over (2014), Conditions of Carriage (2015).
Co-produced by the India Foundation for the Arts (Bangalore, India), Prakriti Foundation (Chennai, India) and the Alliance Francaise of Madras, Preethi's works have been invited to leading festivals in India such as Attakkalari, IGNITE and the National School of Drama, as well as internationally at Szene Salzburg, Impulstanz - Vienna International Festival, Jogjakarta International Street Art Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Preethi's review of Belgian choreographer, Michel Laub's work, Total Masala Slammer was published in the Dance Research Journal, New York, in 2004.