The workshop is open to dance / theatre practitioners and in general to people who have some experience of body movement practice (in yoga or allied disciplines).
Day 1 - basic body stances and few basic Chhau steps will be taught with simple coordination between the opposite dynamics of attack and defense.
Day 2 - few choreographic compositions will be attempted by utilizing the basic steps learned and their variations.
|| About the Teacher
Dr. Ileana Citaristi is an Italian-born Odissi and Chhau dancer, guru and choreographer, based in Bhubaneshwar, India since 1979. She was awarded the 43rd National Film Awards for Best Choreography for Yugant, a Bengali film directed by Aparna Sen, in 1996 and conferred with the Padma Shri by the President of India in 2006 for her contributions to Odissi dance.
Besides Yugant, Dr. Citaristi has also choreographed for M.F. Hussain's Meenaxi: Tale of Three Cities (2003) and Goutam Ghose's Abar Aranye (2004). Dr. Citaristi is the author of three books; The Making of a Guru: Kelucharan Mohapatra, His Life and Times (2001), Traditional Martial Practices in Orissa (2012) and My journey, a tale of two births (2015). She is imparting training in Odissi and Chhau dance in her own institution Art Vision in Bhubaneswar, founded by her in 1996.