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Dance in perfect unison
The Indo-Contemporary form 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 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 content. 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 are used to 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. Feel your bodywork, awaken your Chakras (energy centres) – dance in perfect unison – body, mind and spirit!
OTHER WORKSHOPS OF Terence Lewis
Looking for drama?
Bollywood Dance is the handmaiden of Indian Bollywood films that has – until today – retained the flavour of musicals! Constantly influenced by the changing trends, Bollywood Dance culture borrows from both traditional and western pop culture in dance! It is a celebration of life, hence upbeat and high impact burning up to 500 calories an hour! (This workshop is surely not for the weak hearted
or weak knees)!
It deals with the complexities of the traditional Kathak footwork and Mudras (hand gestures) along with some groovy folk dance moves from across the countryside that will surely put you in a good mood! We will also unabashedly explore the wonderful world of Abhinaya (facial expression or for some face contortions). So if you are looking for some drama in your life, this is the class to be!
Next we explore the world of Mujra - the controversial sensual dance of the tragic courtesan of the 1970ies to finally move on to master the urban cool routines of the current chart busters!
A word of caution: the music is going to be loud and so are the students and yes we have a dress code: anything colourful flowing and happy! More the bling, more the zing... Exhibitionists, Voyeurs, Drags, Divas and people willing or wishing to strike it off their bucket list, are all welcome!
ARTISTBIO: Terence Lewis
He has studied different dance and body disciplines of his own culture such as Indian folk dance, Kathak and Yoga. Additionally he has studied with various contemporary and modern dance teachers of international repute for several years before he built a strong body of work that is predominantly Contemporary yet has a strong influence of his rich indigenous culture!
In 2003 he was a participant of the ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship in Vienna.
On his return, he established his own company as the artistic director and founder of the TLCDC that staged and toured several productions such as "Surkh", "Out of the Box," "After 8" and more recently "Scrambled Eggs or Sunny Side Up"
In 2005 he established the Terence Lewis Academy - a premier training school, offering partly
funded scholarships for talented young dancers in the country to train professionally in contemporary dance incorporating both Indian and western dance disciplines!
After ten years as a choreographer for the Bollywood Films, and also choreographing for the German film "Hexe Lilli" quite accidentally, he quit the Film Industry in 2009 and was asked to be on the Jury of "Dance India Dance" - the Dance-Casting-Television show in India - which ran successfully for three seasons and continues till date!
April 2015 marked the year where he established and simultaneously curated the very first Contemporary Dance Festival in Mumbai called Jugnee (Firefly) in association with ImPulsTanz!
A Popular Contemporary Dance Icon in his own country today, Terence Lewis is a part of several national discussion platforms for the changing trends in modern and contemporary dance in India!
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Sneak previews of our current performances, or sweet memories of our workshops and past festival events can be watched here. MORE
Everything about our previous festivals you find HERE