Indo-Contemporary is the perfect meeting point of the modern-day western and ancient Indian techniques. The Workshop is unique, in as much as it is structured to offer the students a holistic experience of body, mind and spirit. Whilst working on our physicality, we also tap into our inner self, which lies at the very core of all Indian philosophies.
A systematic breakdown of the contemporary vocabulary, exploring spirals, gathering and sending and the Release technique, is coupled with ancient Indian disciplines. Borrowing from Yoga, the classic Kathak and Kalaripayattu – the ancient Indian martial art form – the class offers a rich and multi-layered synergy. Yogic asana and breathing patterns form an integral part of the learning process. The Kathak Mudras (hand gestures) lend a symbolic meaning to the physical movement. With the chanting of Om the inner reverberations lead the movement.
The locomotors exercises across the floor will use Kalaripayattu leg exercises, animal stances and release-based work for transitions. These will work with physical alignment and concepts used to condition the body for dynamic work. For the later part, combinations that use arcs, planes, and gesture will be used. Release and speed will accent some of this material. Improvisation and tasks to help us make segments of material will also figure during the Workshop. Hard core movement, spirituality and an inner balance no longer have to be divided and separated. Find the total experience with Terence's Indo-Contemporary Dance. Let’s feel, how the body works, how the chakras (energy centres) awake and let’s dance in unison of body, mind and spirit!Terence Lewis