FACETS Choreography Residency 2017
JAN 02 - FEB 02

FACETS 2017: The choreographic journey begins on 02 January, 2017 for 7 new and promising residents FACETS International Choreography Residency programme, organised by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru offers emerging choreographers an inter-disciplinary approach to develop new work and/or further develop their existing work. The participants will undergo a five-week long intense training while being mentored by adept and internationally acclaimed experts including choreographers, light designers, composers, theatre directors and digital artists. The residency will work as a collective with common technique/ skill sharing sessions, feedback forums, with production rehearsals to meet each choreographer's individual needs.

During the Residency the choreographers will create/ develop original dance pieces be premiered at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 (03 to 12 February, 2017) that follows FACETS 2017. Some selected works from the residency might be considered for further development and/or for performances in other Indian cities.

Jayachandran Palazhy - FACETS Director
Bangalore, India

Jayachandran Palazhy, Founder and Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is an internationally sought after dancer and choreographer. Jayachandran trained in India in Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Indian folk dances and the martial art form of Kalaripayattu. In London, Jayachandran trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and also studied Tai Chi, Capoeira, and African Dance forms. At Attakkalari, Jayachandran directed an exhaustive research and documentation project NAGARIKA - on the movement principles of Indian physical and performance traditions. He was instrumental in launching the online dance journal ‘Ligament’ (2014) with writer-editors Joshua Muyiwa and Deepika Arwind and designer Arjun Shankar-creating a space for conversations emerging from the practice of contemporary dance in the South Asian context. He is also a visiting faculty for Contemporary Movement Arts at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Director of the Attakkalari India Biennial

FACETS Mentors

Hobin Park
South Korea (Mentor - Choreography)

With every composition Hobin Park presents, words like inimitable and experimental follow. He has emerged as the one to watch among choreographers on the Korean dance scene. In 1996 he began with the dance company Jobac, and in 2003 he founded Dance Theatre CcadoO as a multimedia dance group. He continues to work actively as a choreographer in varied productions such as dance, theatre, musicals, and opera. He is heralded as someone who lives in the world of mythology and has a profound poetic sensibility; someone who represents modern dance and communicates this art form with the general public. His work coalesces dance, science, multimedia technologies, and sound in unexpected and exciting new ways.

Marcel Zaes
Switzerland (Mentor | Collaborator - Sound Design)

Marcel Zaes is an artist and performer-composer. His radical reductionist interest in the inner materiality of sound leads to work that could belong to the art gallery as well as the concert space or the club. He has traveled and lived in Zurich, Rome, Cairo, Budapest, and is now based in Providence, Rhode Island. The emptiness of the desert, the Roman baroque lyricism, theory of oriental music, the geometry of Zurich graphic design, and conceptual approaches of the New York Downtown Scene - all these influences are audible in Zaes’ sonic landscapes and living installations. He holds an M.A. in Music & Media Arts from Berne University of the Arts, a second M.A. in Music Composition from Zurich University of the Arts, and has additionally completed private composition studies with Alvin Curran in Rome and with Peter Ablinger in Berlin. Currently he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer Music and Multimedia at Brown University, USA. Many of Zaes’ works have been published by Tonus Music Records, Switzerland, and are internationally showcased.

Samar Grewal
India (Mentor | Collaborator - Sound Design)

Samar is a musician, composer, and sound designer. He has trained in western classical guitar and has attended Berklee College of Music, Boston (2003-04). Besides composing and performing, he has also written about music as a music editor at Time Out, Delhi and as assistant editor at Rolling Stone India. He composes primarily for theatre and dance and is currently working on some music to perform live.

Claude Parrat
Switzerland (Mentor | Collaborator - Light Design)

After studying industrial mechanics and electroengineering, Claude Parrat developed and managed a department at Ascom, Switzerland. Actively involved in the field of entertainment since 1992, he has worked as a technical director for various dance and theater companies around the world. Currently he owns and directs a stage construction and equipment business. He has been the head of stage techniques apprenticeship at Manufacture since January 2014.

Antoine Mozer
Switzerland (Collaborator - Light Design)

Antoine Mozer received the CFC Techniscéniste (Federal Certificate of Capacity as a Stage technician) at Manufacture in Lausanne in 2016. This spring, he will work on the Theatre Vidy roadshow tour, and with a company in the Nuihthonie theatre.

Andrés Morte
Spain (Mentor | Collaborator - Dramaturgy)

Andrés Morte is one of the most important artistic directors and cultural managers in Spain. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Hispanic studies from the University of Barcelona, and in Ethno linguistics from the University of Zurich. Andrés was a founding member of the world theatre company “La Fura dels Baus” and directed the Public Theater “Mercat de les Flors” in Barcelona. He also founded the Barcelona Film Commission and the Barcelona Film Festivals Platform. He founded Fabbrica Europa, one of the most important festivals in Italy, with Maurizia Settembri. He is a lecturer at the University School of Cinema and Visual Communication of Barcelona. Andrés is also an international cultural advisor and vice- chairman of the Fabbrica Europa Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He currently works as the Director of Creative Development for several projects in the field of Independent Performance and Contemporary Dance.

Clara Andermatt
Portugal (Guest Mentor - Choreography)

Considered to be one of the pioneers of the New Portuguese Dance Movement, Clara Andermatt’s artistic identity is recognised both in the national and international scene. She began her formal training as a dancer with her mother, Luna Andermatt and graduated from the London Studio Centre and the Royal Academy of Dancing (1980-84, London). She worked as a dancer in Companhia de Dança de Lisboa, under the direction of Rui Horta (1984-88) and in Compañía Metros of Ramón Oller (1989-91, Barcelona). In 1991 she founded her own dance company ACCCA, where she has been developing extensive work as a choreographer, dancer, and as a teacher, both in Portugal and abroad. In 1994 she began a close collaboration with Cape Verde that lasts until today. Her career demonstrates a clear preference for exploring the borderline between art disciplines, genres, and styles, using both trained and untrained performers. The need to feel and understand the singularity of each individual is a driving force of her creative work.