The Odissi Ensemble in Workshop
Photo credit: Simon Richardson
The Odissi Ensemble, an Indian classical dance troupe, to lead a practical workshop on the devotional, divine and human aspects of their dance practices. The ensemble work across dance, music and spoken word and their creations stem from a strong philosophical or humanitarian concept.
Watch one of their latest performances at the Southbank Centre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa5-DZAddI0
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Odissi is a classical dance born in the temples of eastern India and found represented in carvings on the walls of caves and temples. The classical stage art we see today was formed by pioneering gurus of the mid-20th century who worked to revive the form as India gained its independence. The style is marked by its sculpturesque positions and the use of the torso to give a flowing, sensuous nature. Grounded positions lend an earthy quality to the dance, whilst detailed use of gesture and expression add emotional subtlety.
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Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN), Seminar series
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