PC: Simon Richardson

PC: Simon Richardson

BHUMI Odissi Dance Academy

Beginner Course MAY- JUNE 2019

INTRODUCTION to ODISSI DANCE (7 weeks - 10.5h tuition)

The Place, London Euston

17 Duke's Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9PY

Every Wednesday: 8th May - 19th June

7.30-9pm

A short self-contained course to introduce you to the multilayered and refined art of Odissi, a sacred dance that combines lyrical grace with core strength, stylised hand gestures with rhythmic footwork, abstract lines with emotional depth.  You will learn the basics of Odissi dance, in the guru Kelucharan Mohapatra style, as transmitted by his student and leading Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra.

This course is good for whoever has an interest in Indian classical dance and in Odissi in particular. It is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as for people who already know the basic technique, but want to polish and revise it. It is also good for people who are more generally interested in expanding their movement skills, in terms of finding grace, stamina, strength, balance, musicality and rhythmic understanding, whether for personal or artistic growth.

COURSE CONTENT:

Technique:

  • Basic Stances: understanding correct alignment in cauka, tribhanga, abhanga and sama

  • Basic steps of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra lineage, as transmitted by leading artist Sujata Mohapatra (Srjan)

  • Tala with bols (spoken rhythm), hand clapping and footwork

  • Mudras: commonly used hand gestures and some of their meanings

  • Padabeda: commonly used foot and leg positions

  • Bhangis: elaborate body stances derived from temple sculptures

  • Chalana Chari: basic odissi travelling step

  • Arm drills: studies of arm variations with commonly used hand gestures

Choreography:

  • Namami Vignaraja: we will be working on a piece of traditional repertoire focusing on Lord Ganesh, the supreme remover of obstacles.

Theory:

  • Odissi history: origins of the forms, development from traditional to classical dance and details about Mohapatra lineage.

  • Rasa/Bhava: understanding what is rasa or aesthetics in Indian classical dance

  • Sadhana: understanding the importance of practice and its spiritual significance

Please bring a notebook as there will be moments where elements of theory of dance will be shared by the teacher. Details of the music used for the choreographies will be provided. Possibility to film the material studied in the course for self-practice. No previous knowledge of Indian classical dance is required. 

FEE:

£130 for 7 sessions

Exclusive Bundle offer if you join also the Friday class.

Please visit HERE for full fee structure.

Please notice that classes in May will be taught by Bhumi Odissi Dance Academy Faculty Member Maryam Shakiba. Dr Elena Catalano will resume teaching in May, upon her return from USA-Canada tour.

BURSARIES for YOUNG PEOPLE (15-20yo) Available (see HERE)

 

 

Odissi Mini Intensive April 2019

17-18-20 APRIL 2019 Mini-Intensive (7h)

The Place, 17 Duke's Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9PY

Fee (all prices include online booking fee)

Workshop 1: Wednesday 17, 7-9pm (2h), £33.3

In this workshop we will focus on the distinctive odissi stance called ‘cauka’ or square. We will work on a short phrase (arasa) that explores this stance on a simple rhythmic composition. You will also be provided with information on the philosophical symbolism of this sacred geometrical form.

Workshop 2: Thursday 18, 7-9pm (2h), £33.3

In this workshop we will focus on the distinctive odissi stance called ‘tribhanga’ or three bends stance. This stance explore the sacred shape of the triangle in the body. We will work on a short phrase that builds on basic tribhanga steps. You will also be provided with information on the philosophical symbolism of this sacred geometrical form.

Workshop 3: Saturday 20, 2-5pm (3h), £50

In this workshop, we will focus on learning and polishing the sloka (devotional text in sanskrti) used in Ganesha Mangalacharan, the first traditional item of the Odissi repertoire, choreographed by the great guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. This is a highly refined sloka, rich in nuances and beautiful bhangis. You will learn the mudras, body movements, meaning of the gestures and focus particularly on transitions from a movement to the next. You will also be introduced to the theory of bhava and rasa, and explore the following emotions found in this sloka: devotion (bhakti), wonder (adbhuta), maternal/paternal love (vatsyala), pride/heroism/courage (veera).

Full Mini-Intensive Bundle (7h), £116