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Indian Classical Dance Workshop

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Venue: Surrey Club, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: Free for all KU students and staff | General Admission: £45 per workshop / £80 for both workshops | Earlybird offer: £70 for both workshops if booked before 15th October

Indian Classical Dance Workshop

A weekend of Odissi (Indian Classical Dance) workshops with renowned dancer, international teacher and performing artist, Sonali Mishra. Odissi is a refined and powerful technique which includes elements of pure and narrative dance, through the use of codified hand gestures and rhythmic footwork. Inspired by Indian temple sculptures, Odissi was originally a dance performed for ritual purposes until reaching the secular stage in the 20th century and becoming an internationally practiced and admired technique.


Saturday 14th November: 11am - 4pm
Beyond Basics: A Technical Workshop

In this workshop we will go deeper into our exploration of Odissi technique, form and vocabulary. Through excerpts from pure dance choreographies (Pallavi) and variations on walking and travelling, we will refine movement, transitions and develop a stronger awareness of our framing and placement within the Odissi aesthetic.

Sunday 15th November: 11am - 4pm
Elements of Expression: An Abhinaya Workshop
Here we will be exploring the concept of character through Odissi abhinaya (storytelling) choreographies and Sanskrit verses. The focus will be on the different dimensions of the female character, from its capacities to love maternally and romantically, to the strength and power the feminine embodies.

Workshops are open to all levels, but some knowledge of Indian classical dance is preferable.

This workshop is organised by Elena Odissi & Maryam Freeflower with the support of Kingston University Dance Department.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Elena Catalano


Directions to Surrey Club, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE: