Our performing arts division consists of three main pillars.
1. Invitation program to introduce rigorously selected artists performing cutting edge of stage arts in and out of India
2. Application program to find new talents among young Indian artists who have great potential to grow into internationally reputed performers
3. Workshops and seminar programs to promote stage art activities in the region

Antymark

Antymark started their career as a live VJ unit for Tamagawa Camping village ‘Hertzberg’ 2008, the most important outdoor festival in Japan. They are official live VJ for THEORCH (popular rock band in Japan) from 2008. Also they participated in the 1st and 2nd VJ summit at APPLE store GINZA, JAPAN.

Nowadays, they are quite active in the field of visual directions for many corporate shows for some of the world’s biggest companies, using real-time visual rendering on multi-screens, developing environmental interactive installations, and space designing.

http://www.antymarkannex.com/

 

Fujima Rankoh

[Sagi Musume (Heron Maiden) ]

Rankoh Fujima

Photo: Kishin Shinoyama

Fujima Rankoh

is a successor to the Fujima family, which has been located at “Daichi (alternative site)” since it was awarded during the Edo period. In 1967, he started learning Japanese classical dance from his grandmother, Fujiko Fujima, and his mother, Rankei Fujima, and made his debut at the age of 6 in 1968. In 1978, the fourth head of school, Kan-emon Fujima, granted him the stage name of “Rankoh Fujima.” He organizes the dance performances for his school, called “Shikokai”, and his own recital, which is called “Rankoh-no-kai”, while holding the inter-school performance called “Goyokai.” In addition to inheriting the classical works that have been passed down to him via his great-grandmother, Kampachi Fujima, his grandmother Fujiko, and his mother Rankei, he has also released his new works based on overseas literary products and pieces of music based on his production and choreography. In 2015, he premiered “-NOBUNAGA-“in a performance entitled “Deai (Encounter)”, which was organized in collaboration with the world-famous Russian and Japanese ballet dancers: Farouk Ruzimatov and Morihiro Iwata. He studied Nagauta music under the head of the school, the late Shojiro Kineya VI, Noh play of the Komparu school under the late Nobutaka Komparu, and the tea ceremony of the Urasenke school under Sokujitsuan Souan. He also studied Hayashi (musical accompaniment) under the late Seiko Tosha, and his stage name is Kiyoshi Tosha.

He has received many awards, including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize, and the National Arts Festival New Face Award of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

He is also currently working as a member of the judging committee for the Tokyo Shimbun’s National Dance Competition, as well as the Seoul International Dance Competition.

Rakoh Fujima Web Site : http://www.geocities.jp/rankoh_f/
 

 

 

Gombe Cultural Troupe

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The Gombe cultural Troupe

is a student enterprise at St. Andrew KaggwaGombe High School Kawaala-Kampala. It embraces students with music, dance and instrumental playing (African ensemble) skills with an objective of developing, marketing and learning the skills. The troupe performs different traditional dances from various ethnic societies/regions with a contemporary touch but minding so much about the originality and purpose.The troupe does dances like Otwege (West Nile), Lakaraka (Northern Uganda), Kintagululo (Western Uganda), Ding Ding (Eastern Uganda), Kiganda (Central region).

The troupe performed at the closing ceremony of the East African Corporate League at KCCA group where Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga (Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament) was the chief guest in March 2017.

In 2016, one of the troupe members performed at the SAIMUN MODEL CONFERENCE held at SAI International School, India.

 

 

 

 

 

Hemabharathy Palani

[Yashti]

At the heart of Yashti, is the story of the ‘woman’, and this is the thread through the multiple stories in this piece.

The idea for Yashti evolved from the story of the Tulasi plant, which is one of conflict, confrontation, jealousy, and growth. Tulasi became a window into a wider idea of womanhood, and personhood. The lives of Andal and Akka Mahadevi, their raw, honest poetry, and the longing that prompted their journeys have all fed into Yashti.

Through an exploration of lives and stories of all these women, and the women in her life, Hema performs  a kinaesthetic soliloquy – a single voice echoing multiple truths and stories of being a woman, who has the audacity to live life as a performer, with a distinct personhood today.

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Hemabharathy Palani

is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. Based in Bangalore, India, she is one of the most promising young talents in contemporary dance today.

Hema is known for her fluidity, musicality and evocative performances. Her classical training in Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam serve as a base that roots her, whilst she delves into the expressive capabilities of contemporary dance.

Currently, Hemabharathy is the Rehearsal Director at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, where she also works as a choreographer, performing artist, and teacher.

Hemabharathy Palani Web Site : https://www.hemabharathy.in/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masako Ono

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Masako started dancing at the age of 4 under MASAKO YOKOI, the only Japanese modern dance graduate from the Martha Graham Dance School, USA. She additionally trained in western classical ballet at the MATSUYAMA BALLET, Tokyo; jazz and hip-hop at the K-BROADWAY DANCE CENTER, Tokyo. In 1996, Masako joined NRITYAGRAM, the dance village started by the noted Odissi dancer, late PROTIMA GAURI BEDI, and won a scholarship for her studies. She received training in Odissi from SURUPA SEN and BIJAYINI SATPATHY and attended classes in Yoga, Kalaripayattu and Mayurbhanj Chhau. She also participated in workshops held at Nrityagram by WOLFGANG THEATRE, PAUL TAYLOR 2 COMPANY, THE EXPRESSIONS, ASHA COORLAWALA and ROBERT WILLIAMS. Subsequently, she has been living in Orissa where she received further training in Odissi from GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA, GURU RAMANI RANJAN JENA, and GURU NABA KISHORE MISHRA.
She is the only Japanese Odissi dancer, an empanelled Artist of ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India.

Masako Ono Web Site : http://masakoono.com/

Moya Michael

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Born in Johannesburg South Africa where she Trained in ballet under the direction of Dianne Sparks.
She went on to study to obtain a national diploma in Contemporary and African dance at the Tshwane University of Pretoria between 1994 and 1997. She was then awarded a full three-year scholarship to study at P.A.R.T.S the School Of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker ROSAS.
There she met Akram Khan and after completing her studies moved to London and became a founder member of his company. Moya toured various of his works for a period of five years. She was nominated for the best dancer award at the “ITS” festival in 2003.
During her time in London she was commissioned to make her own work and so she created ‘Hatch’ which premiered at the South Bank in London in 2003. That same year she was awarded the Standard bank Young Artist Award for dance at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown South Africa.
She was then invited back to Belgium by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and became a member of the ROSAS dance company where she stayed and still freelances with.
In 2009 Moya was invited to create a duet for two dancers of the Attakallari dance Company for the India Biennial in Bangalore.
That same year she was also invited to create a work of the graduate students at Arizona State University.
Moya has also been a member of “Eastman” and part of the latest creation of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui “Babel” (Words) 2010.
She also collaborated with the Jin Xing dance Theatre in Shanghai China and her latest collaboration was with visual artist ‘Chris Ziegler’ where she performed his ‘Corpus Pygmalion in Germany.
Moya lives and works in Brussels Belgium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronita Mookerji

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Ronita Mookerji

has been trained in Bharatanatyam from a tender age of 5 years and she did her Arangetram (Graduation) in the year 2007 in Kolkata and still continues training in it. She has also undergone training in Odissi for 2 years under Guru Alokananda Roy. Trained in classical Bharatanatyam for more than 18 years, Ronita moved from Kolkata to Bangalore in 2008 to pursue contemporary dance.

She graduated with Honours from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2009. During the Diploma program, she trained in Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam, Classical Ballet, Contact Improvisation, and Contemporary dance technique. She has also explored Jazz, Pilates, Kathak and Light Design through shorter modules. After joining the Attakkalari Repertory in 2009, she trained with visiting artists in the following modules: Hip Hop with Storm (Germany), floor work with Kama Jezierska (Poland/ Iceland), the Flying Low Technique with Vangelis Legakis (Greece/ U.K.) and contemporary dance with Richard Siegal (U.S.A. / Germany / France), Contemporary Techniques with James Mac-Gillivray and Kayleigh Ann Crook from London. With Attakkalari, she was a Senior dancer/instructor/choreographer now and has performed at various shows, corporate launches and meetings like for Robert Bosch, All-Indian Science Meeting, State Bank of India Annual Day, Global Health Meetings and cultural events across India.

Ronita Mookerji Web Site : http://ronitamookerji.com/

Rui Rui

[Otoshi-mono]

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Yoshihiro Fujita 
Producer unit CAT-A-TAC presided over. He is also active as a main dancer of the Dance Company Condors. Otsuka Ai’s PV, Yaida Hitomi’s PV, Fuji TV ‘Hakusen Costume’ and other CM choreography. Parco Produce “The Man Who Fell in the Blank” (Work / Director: Shuji Onodera, Starring: Yasuyuki Shuto), NODA · MAP “Piper” Starring (Director: Hideki Noda). Hosted by “Globe Theater” (middle star) (starring: Kato Shigeaki) choreographed appearance. “On the top of the cuckoo nest” (starring: Oguri Shun, director: Masahiko Kawahara) staging. Choreographing “Fukui Happy Energetic Nationals · Competition Dance”. Appearance “NHK Salaryman Gymnastics” in NHK Integrated “Salaryman NEO”. Part time lecturer at Gunma University.

 

 

 

 

 

Maruyama Kazuaki
Group CAVA (Sabah), and performing at acting as a writer, director and performing at home and abroad. The French musician Patrice Perrie las is a music director and the stage “BARBER” telling stories by body expression and music invited as the opening work of the South France Bach Carcassonne Festival and rehearsed at the Aoyama amphitheater. Appeared in the premiere edition “Man who fell in the blank” (work/director: Shuji Onodera, starring: Yasuyuki Shuto). The magazine SWITCH The stage “Nutcracker Doll” commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first issue (Appearance: Miki Ishimaru, Yasuyuki Shito, Akira Wakabayashi) composition/production. “SOMEGIRL (S)” sponsored by Globe Theater (leading: Mr. Ken Miyake), theater company IKUME “New Holidays” (work/production: Maekawa Chitose Univ.) Staging and so on. Shuto Yasuyuki Choreographed · Directed ballet acting full title “Don Quijote” plays a title role and obtains popularity.

 

 

 

 

Rui Rui Web Site : http://www.cat-a-tac.jp/ruirui/

Mandeep Raikhy

[Queen-size]

As a response to article 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises gay sex in India, Queen-size is a choreographic exploration that takes the form of a detailed study of the intimacy between two men. Played out on a charpoy, the duet examines the nuts and bolts ‒ carnal, mechanical and emotional ‒ of a close encounter between two male bodies. In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-size poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent. The work has been triggered by Nishit Saran’s article titled ‘Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business’, first published in the Indian Express in January 2000.
Queen-size runs in a 45-minute loop played out continuously over two and a half hours. The audience can enter the performance space at specific intervals through this period, and stay for as long as they like.

 

Mandeep Raikhy

is a dance practitioner with a particular interest in exploring the intersections between dance creation, performance, research and pedagogy. He began studying jazz at age 19 at the Danceworx, New Delhi, and his subsequent interest in contemporary dance took him to London where he completed a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre at Laban. He toured with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, London, between 2005-09. He was also part of the company’s education team and has extensive teaching experience.

Since 2010, Mandeep has created several dance works, notably Inhabited Geometry (2010), a male ant has straight antennae (2013) and Queen-size (2016). These works have travelled across the country and internationally over the years including Kampnagel, Steps Dance Festival, Southbank Centre and Singapore International Arts Festival. Since 2009, Mandeep has been Managing Director at Gati Dance Forum, where he has worked to develop a supportive environment for contemporary dance in the country through projects as diverse as residencies, festivals, publications and advocacy initiatives. He has also led the curriculum development team for the Master’s in Dance Practice to be launched at Ambedkar University Delhi from July 2017. This programme is the first of its kind in South Asia.

Mandeep Raikhy Web Site : http://www.mandeepraikhy.com/

 

 

 

 

 

VEDANZA

[Project O]

A contemporary dance production by VEDANZA for young audiences age 4+.

Project O is a charming modern fairy tale performance for young audiences aged 4+.
Three dancers and a musician are on a treasure hunt in search of the moon that has disappeared. They enter into a dream-like space where games and surprises are played out in an alternating world of reality and abstract. Will they find the moon, and will they place it back in the sky?
With influences from traditional Butoh, contemporary dance and a hint of playful acrobatics, Project O flows from simple rituals to fast paced contemporary urban movement. It melts into surreal and digital imagery, while children’s games and their rules lead the performers into a fun and vibrant floor-projection game.

“They made it… They allowed an audience aged five access to contemporary dance and at the same time they offered fun entertainment to adults.” (Tageblatt)

“Some were looking for explanations on how dancers were moving, others were simply fascinated by this mixture of extraordinary music, multimedia input, and modern dance….What a joy to see my students attentive and interested during the whole show.” (pre-primary school teacher)

VEDANZA Web Site : http://vedanza.org/

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RAJIVAN AYYAPPAN (Artistic Director, performer)
Sound designer, composer, and visual artist of Indian origin based in Luxembourg. His sound works take numerous forms: installations, sculptures and performances. His works were shown in many international festivals. Trained in south Indian music, he plays numerous instruments. In the course of his studies in visual arts and communication at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, his competences in the field of the typography and his knowledge of visual arts history considerably influenced his musical researches. Among his works are Sound mapping Mithi river terrain for the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; Telescapes (Audio Elf), at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst of Cologne; The Air Around, a networked performance implicating 213 artists coming from the whole world. He collaborated on sound design for recent Indian films including Gitanjali Rao’s Printed Rainbow that received three awards in the Cannes film festival in 2006, and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He worked with Indian film directors such as Ketan Mehta, Aparna Sen and Ayisha Abraham. He is co-founder of VEDANZA asbl (Luxembourg).

EMANUELA IACOPINI (Choreographer, Dancer)
Born in Rome in 1974 Emanuela lives and works in Luxembourg. After a BA in dance at the Scuola Professionale Italiana di Danza in Milan, she obtains a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the Queen Mary University of London and a Master’s degree in Dance Science from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. Since her beginnings many institutions support her work as a dancer and choreographer, including E&B Productions (UK), Atelier (London), Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Bangalore), the Grand Theatre of Luxembourg, the Theatre National de Luxembourg, Mierscher Kulturhaus, TRAFFO_Rotondes (Lux), Festival de Wiltz. With a complementary practice in Yoga and bodywork she is choreographer co-founder of VEDANZA and she is course leader in dance kinesiology and contemporary dance at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg since 2007.

YUKO KOMINAMI (Choreographer, Dancer)
Yuko Kominami was born in 1973 in Japan. She lives and works in Luxemburg. She studied butoh and dance in Tokyo. After finishing her BA in Japanese history at Waseda University, she did a Professional Diploma in Community Dance Studies and an Independent Study Programme at Laban Centre London. She obtained her MA in Dance Cultures, Histories and Practices from the University of Surrey. She has collaborated with other dancers, choreographers, artists, musicians and theatre directors of various horizons. Recently, she has been working with the company Ten Pen Chii directed by Yumiko Yoshioka, and Joachim Manger in Berlin, Germany. Her work consists in experiments with movements in-between (“movements of becoming”) where intensities of individuals intersect. Her recent works include grass (2013), Metamorphosis (2014).

SAMUEL MEYSTRE (additional Choreographer, Dancer)
Samuel was born in 1974 in Switzerland. He presently lives and works in Germany (Saarland). He got his education in ballet, modern and contemporary dance through numerous teachers in various schools in Switzerland and at international dance workshops (Nigel Charnock, Jorma Uotinen, Josef Nadj, Randy Warshaw, Ballet Junior de Genève). He received a scholarship for danceWEB in summer 1997 in Vienna. He worked as a dancer and/or co-choreographer with numerous companies in Switzerland (Alias Cie, Movers, Mafalda, Pool), Germany (Micha Purucker, Sylvia Heyden) and Sweden (Adekwhat/Philippe Blanchard) and has received a cultural-merit award from the city of Zurich in December 2002. Samuel choreographed his first short piece at the age of 23 and founded in 2006 the vobalko company with which he brings his own works, as well as projects in collaboration with other artists.

MATSUO KUNIHIKO (Interactive Video Artist)
Multimedia artist, designer, and dancer, born in 1969 in Japan. Based in Tokyo, Matsuo Kunihiko is specialised in interactive technologies, broadcasting design and contemporary dance. Co-founder of Nest (performance intermedia in which he also participates as dancer and sound designer) in 1992, he is also the founder of CMprocess, the collective of artists who works on a total concept including at the same time new technologies, performing arts and design. In 2004, he wins the 1st price in the international competition The Presence of Time – City. Architecture Art for Braunschweig. He works regularly in India, in Japan and in Europe.

LOUIS NICOLAS TREMBLAY (Light Designer)
Nico was born in Montreal, Canada. After his studies in Performance Production, Light Design and Sound at the National School of Theatre of Canada, he migrates to Europe for an internship to the Theatre of the People of Bussang, in France, who will encourage him to become props man and manager set next year, then technical manager and tour manager later. He will establish finally in Metz, and will be permanent light designer in many theatres and Cultural centres in Luxembourg. For ten years, he created light designs for several productions in Luxembourg and abroad. In 2009 he becomes responsible and creative light designer in the Rotondes in Luxembourg-city.

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