Discover India … (Re) discover your artistic self… through Indian theatre
Yoga, Kalari, Silambam, Koothu, Kathakali, and Yakshagana … These are not just terms in an art encyclopedia… or fitness, martial arts, and theatre forms you've always wanted to learn but didn't know where.
The specially designed theatre workshops is an opportunity for you to experience Kathakali , Kalarai ,yoga and Thetare for Development through learning by doing. At these hands-on workshops, you can learn yoga taught by the yoga masters of the Sivananda International School and make it part of your holistic fitness schedule. Or learn kalari a martial art forms and use them in theatre or as part of your fitness regime.
At the workshop you can meet practitioners of traditional theatre forms of states in south India — Koothu (traditional theatre form of Tamil Nadu) , Kathakali (traditional theatre of Kerala) , and Yakshagana (Traditional theatre form of Karnataka), and a contemporary Malayalam performance—and—learn the nuances of movement, gestures, and facial expressions peculiar to these forms. Ardent students of these forms also include Western theatre artists like Grotowski and Eugenio Barba, Ariane Mnouchkine, Phillip Zarrilli.
At the summer workshop, you can work with some of the best facilitators/trainers who bring their considerable expertise and experience to enrich, educate, and enable you in your quest as an artist. Areas of expertise include theatre for development, theatre for self-development, and theatre for mental health.
The workshop also enables you to meet with some of the best theatre directors from India and learn their working methods.
Last but certainly not least, you can meet young people in India in theatre and other art forms and forge collaborative projects.
Objectives of the International Summer workshop
To promote cultural understanding of nations among young people
To introduce Indian art forms to young people in the West
To help Indian young artists to learn from trainers in the West
To interact with young people from other cultures
To use theatre/drama techniques for developmental activities
To use drama/theatre techniques in the health sector
To creatively engage in interdisciplinary artistic endeavours
To create an international performance at the end of the workshop
Cultural Context & Setting
The summer workshop takes place in Trivandrum an ancient city of south India . Replete in myths and legends. If you are interested in back waters, ayurvedic massage and religion of India Trivandrum will tantalize you.. Well connected by air/train, you can fly to Trivandrum from any international destination. The workshop is held at Maria Rani Centre run by Pallotians a Christian trust. Visit www.kerala.com for more information about Trivandrum.
Prof. Parasuram Ramamoorthi: playwright/director and academic teaching theatre studies at Madurai Kamaraj University .
Specializes in actor training fusing east and west and uses theatre for developmental activities, applied drama for mental health and in prisons. Log on to his website : www.velvi.org
Etumanoor Kannan: A Kathakali artist and trainer from a traditional Kathakali school and currently teaching and researching at Kerala University at the International Centre for Kerala Studies.He is the artistic director of ABHINAVAM School of Theatre Expressions. He has performed Kathakali to Western audiences and has the experience of teaching Kathakali to western students. Log on to his website : www.kannankathakali.com
Mr. Murugan: A yoga master trained by Shivananda Ashram Trivandrum and works with Abhinaya theatre Trivandrum . He has been training theatre artists in Yoga and has taught western students.
Mr. Regoothaman: founder of Abhinaya theatre and student of the School of Drama Trichur . Very innovative theatre worker who has performed in many parts of Europe . His expertise is in using Indian forms for western texts.
Gobi Aasan is a kalari performer and teacher of repute and he has worked with many theatre groups in India.
Food & Accommodation
The participants will be housed at the guest rooms of Marian centre. Each room has two beds, a shower, and a Western Closet.
You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the workshop.
The workshop fee is 800 USD which includes your accommodation at Maria Rani centre Centre Trivandrum and breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Dates: 5th August 2008 to 20th August 2008 and 15th December 2008 to 31st December 2008
For extra nights of stay for each night a participant has to pay 10 Euros
Participants are advised to arrive one or two days prior to the start to manage jet lags and culture shocks.
A Day in the life of a Camper
5.45 - 6.30 AM
For early birds, wake up with the rising sun; go for a long walk in the campus; or jog if you like.
7.00 - 8.00 AM: Yoga classes
8 - 9 AM: Breakfast
10 AM - 11.30 AM : Kathakali
11.30 AM -11.45 AM: Tea Break
11.45 AM – 1.15 PM : Theatre for Development or Kalari
1.30 - 2.30 PM: Lunch
On all afternoons you are free to explore Trivandrum and nearby places. On some evenings we would take you to watch performances. Exact dates of performances would be given later. You will watch one or two Katahakali performances .
You will watch a modern Performance and see also the working process of an Indian director at rehearsals.
Enjoy Christmas evening at a church
New year party on 31st night at one of the hotels.
For further details please contact:
Theatre Consultant Saatvikam
School of Performing Arts
Madurai Kamaraj University
Kathakali Performer & Researcher
Application form and bank details will be provided to those who express an initial interest and seek details.
Last date for enquiries: 30th June 2008/15th October 2008
Last date for applications:30th June 2008/15th October 2008