A Chennai-based contemporary dancer, Preethi Athreya trained in Bharatanatyam and later went on to do a postgraduate degree in...
India has a long unbroken history of the arts, with each region of the country throwing up a phenomenal diversity of arts expressions and practices. So much of who we are is in our arts and culture.
Junoon's Arts Encounters bring performing arts from across India to your doorstep, so that students may experience and revel in the rich culture we have.
Each Arts Encounter is a performance-interaction opening the doors to a unique performance form. Students and teachers get to know the heartbeat of a form, its essential structures, its specific guidelines for creativity, and its space for improvisation and play. They are also introduced to the cultures, histories and geographies that the forms arise from. And finally, they are treated to powerful performances by the professional artists, so that they may experience the magic and attraction of each form.
We are delighted to be bringing the magical experience of Contemporary Dance to the middle school students of Delhi Public School, Patna with Preethi Athreya and group on the 31st January & 1st February 2019.
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.