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Sonali Mishra Odissi Workshop

~ SONALI MISHRA - London Odissi Workshops ~
14th & 15th November 2015

We would like to invite you to a weekend of Odissi workshops with renowned dancer, and international teacher and performing artist, Sonali Mishra.

Saturday 14th November: 4 hours
Beyond Basics: A Technical Workshop
In this workshop we will go deeper into our exploration of Odissi technique, form and vocabulary. Through excerpts from pure dance choreographies (Pallavi) and variations on walking and travelling, we will refine movement, transitions and develop a stronger awareness of our framing and placement within the Odissi aesthetic. 

Sunday 15th November: 4 hours
Elements of Expression: An Abhinaya Workshop
Here we will be exploring the concept of character through Odissi abhinaya (storytelling) choreographies and Sanskrit verses. The focus will be on the different dimensions of the female character, from its capacities to love maternally and romantically, to the strength and power the feminine embodies.

Workshops are open to all levels.

Location: Kingston University, Surrey Club


FREE for all KU students and staff
Non-KU £45 per workshop | £80 for both workshops
EARLYBIRD OFFER: £70 for both workshops booked before 15th October

Please email for more details and to register.

This workshop is organised by Elena Odissi & Maryam Freeflower with the support of Kingston University Dance Department.

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Artist BIO:

Sonali Mishra is an Odissi dancer, writer, and researcher currently based in Odisha, India. Born and raised in the US, Sonali received her initial training in Odissi under Smt. Chitralekha, Smt. Ellora, and Sri Devraj Patnaik in Toronto. Since 1995, she has been travelling regularly to Odisha for further study and refinement. Sonali received her initial training in India under Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain, Sri Ramesh Chandra Jena, and Smt Aruna Mohanty. She later continued her training under Gurus Smt. Sujata Mohapatra and Sri Ratikant Mohapatra.

Sonali has performed as a soloist in numerous venues and festivals in the US, Canada, India, Spain, Austria, the UK and Malaysia. She has also conducted a number of workshops and lecture demonstrations in various schools and universities in the US, India and Europe. In 2014, she founded an online quarterly magazine, Global Rasika, dedicated to cultivating critival thinking and discourse in the field of Odissi dance.

Sonali was conferred the titles of "International Nritya-Shiromani Award" in 2013 and 2015, at the Cuttack Mahotsav International Dance and Music Festival, and "Nrithya Vilasini" in 2015 by Nrithyathi Kalakshetram for her noteworthy contribution to the promotion, preservation and popularisation of Indian Classical Dance.

Sonali's commitment to artistic excellence, combined with her dedication to cultivating intellectual discourse in the field of Odissi, have carved a unique niche for her in the dance field. Her rare combination of Eastern sensibilities and Western education, have allowed her to successfully cross social and cultural barriers to make Odissi more accessible globally.



Earlier Event: October 7
SADU South Asian Dance Unit @ KU
Later Event: December 3
SHAKTI Odissi Ensemble Performance