Odissi Summer School

June 2019

The House of Bhumi

Salento (Italy)

We are really excited to present our second Odissi Summer School, following our first edition in 2016. This time the Summer School will take place in Salento (South Italy) in The House of Bhumi, a new residence for artists and scholars. The course is unique and highly innovative as it combines a holistic dance training with theoretical study of the history and culture of Odissi. It is a one-of-a kind of opportunity to acquire a thorough and multifaceted understanding of this dance form.


Course Overview:

This residential course offers a small number of students the opportunity to spend a focused period of study acquiring both practical skills and theoretical understanding in Odissi. The course provides technical training, alongside a critical introduction to the history, culture and aesthetics of this dance form. Students will learn through studio-based practice, as well as seminars and lecture-demonstrations that cover relevant topics. By attending this course, dancers will develop strong technical foundations, as well as somatic awareness, creative thinking and understanding of Odissi history and culture.


COURSE Content:

1.     PRACTICAL SKILLS:

a. Aesthetics: principles in Odissi technique and understanding of the body in Indian performing arts

b. Nritta (abstract dance): technical steps and in-depth study of two rhythmic phrases.

c. Abhinaya (dramatic dance): hand gestures with creative storytelling and study of two character-based choreographies.

d. Music skills: tala-raga system, commonly used rhythmic cycles and basic sargam exercises.

e. Creativity and improvisation: use of some of the material learned in creative and improvisation tasks.

2.     SAFE and HEALTHY PRACTICE:

a. Body-care: anatomy, yoga, body-conditioning, nutrition, injury prevention and restorative massage.

b. Dance psychology: somatic awareness, imagery, cognitive behaviour and well-being.

3.    CULTURAL and HISTORICAL CONTEXT:

a. History: colonialism in India and impact on local dance traditions; revival of Odissi and nationalism.

b. Culture: local performing and visual arts, religion and the body, gender representation in Odissi.

4.     TRADITIONAL and CURRENT CHOREOGRAPHIC PRACTICE:

a. Revival: founding gurus and development of the classical technique and repertoire.

b. Present: current choreographic voices in India and abroad.


For more details please VISIT:

www.elenaodissi.com/summerschool/


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