The Perfect Dancer Workshop Series
From the atelier to the auditorium, this workshop series focuses on the very basis of the art form and the artist. For whom do you dance? The correct perspective to this question can cause a paradigm shift in the life of a student or a performer of classical art. This is a workshop series that has been described as transformative at the level of the soul.
- Level 1a: A Body to Match the Soul
To match the soaring imagination of the mind you need a body that can pull it off. With Savitha Sastry's vast experience in core techniques derived from Pilates, Yoga, and other forms of dance, she has adopted these techniques to match the needs of a classical dancer. The path to flawless execution starts here - getting the right body.
- Level 1b: Preventive Maintenance
The rigorous training that goes to make a dancer can be very punishing to the body. In order to have a body that can seemlessly adapt to technique, regardless of age, it is essential to take care of the body and prevent injuries. This segment of the workshop series elaborates on proper stretching methods during warm ups and cool downs. This is specifically designed for Bharathanatyam dancers.
- Level 2: Adavus Revisited
This can be called - the stepping stone to the power of expression through Bharathanatyam without deviating from the spirit. The Adavus as redefined by Savitha Sastry gives aspiring dancers the real technique to pull off any story or content that you are capable of imagining! The 'Dance of Satan' from Yudh or the 'Dance of Doubt' from The Prophet, the dances that made critics credit Savitha for ushering a renaissance in Bharathanatyam - they all start here.
- Level 3: Make Your Move
The basic techniques learned in the previous levels would now meet the Rosetta Stone - converting them into a coherent choreography that is original and adaptable to the most unorthodox scores. The student will also learn a choreography from one of Savitha's acclaimed productions.
- Level 4: The Stairway to Original Productions
This would be the arena where the aspiring performer would be given a road map to creating their own production. At the end of this workshop the participant would have the tools to create an original production right from the content, choreography, music, and technical expertise. This fusion of technical mastery and creative thinking will make the performer an artist.
Pre-requisites: Basic grounding in Bharathanatyam, a lot of imagination, and a willingness to let your creativity soar
Logistics: Duration of each workshop level is 3 hours each. Students will need to bring a Yoga Mat.
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Apr 2014: Natya Swara, Hyderabad
Mar 2014: WATC, Beijing
Dec 2013: Northern California (several locations)
Nov 2013: Dance Jathre Festival, Bangalore
Sep 2013: Nrityaangan, Mangalore
Sep 2013: Nelung Arts Center, Colombo
Aug 2013: Sangam Arts, San Jose
Aug 2013: MTB College, Surat
Aug 2013: MS University, Baroda
Jul 2013: Hamsaa, Chennai
Jul 2013: Pune Film Institute, Pune
Jun 2013: DanceFest India, New York
Jun 2013: Kalavandanam, St. Paul
Jun 18-20, 2014: Denver, Colorado
Jul 4-6, 2014: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 7-19, 2014: San Jose, California
Jul 26-Aug 9, 2014: Dallas, Texas
Dec 1-5, 2014: Durban, South Africa