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, a performer and choreographer is also the founder and artistic director of the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. Through Attakkalari, he has initiated various interlinked programmes including performance, education, research, documentation, a festival, and stage technologies which have made waves throughout the country and abroad.

Meet our FACET Residents

Jori Kerremans
United Kingdom

Jori Kerremans is 29 years old and of Belgian nationality. He worked with the Scottish Dance Theatre as a dancer and Rehearsal Director till he entered the freelance world in December 2016. By creating, teaching, and performing, he is keen to explore himself and his creativity based on his main principles: Equality and Trust. He is excited to see where this journey will take him.

Meghna Bhardwaj

Meghna has trained in Classical Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary dance techniques at The Danceworx Performing Arts Academy in Delhi, Marameo in Berlin, and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel. She has presented her choreography at platforms like the American Dance Festival, WDA, China, PECDA in Chennai and Gati Summer Dance Residency in Delhi. She is currently writing her Ph.D. at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Parth Bhardwaj

Parth graduated from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2009. Alongside his independent work, Parth works with Attakkalari’s Repertory Company. He was part of a Swiss collaborative production – ISSHH(क), choreographed by Nicole Seiler and has worked with Indonesian choreographer, Yola Yulifiandi on his piece – Salma. Parth has a keen interest in the development of arts education and has closely worked with Attakkalari's Mobile Academy to set up educational projects. Recently, he was selected for the Special Jury Mention Award at the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Award (PECDA) 2016 for his piece – Urban Chaos.

Sujay Saple

Sujay Saple is the Artistic Director of Shapeshift – a dance-theatre company based in Mumbai. He has choreographed two original full-length works: Unselfed (2012) and Moonfool (2014). Sujay has worked in the performing arts field for over 15 years as a freelance collaborator on more than 40 projects – as a performer, assistant director, lighting designer, workshop conductor, and administrator. He is a recipient of the Ministry of Culture-Government of India fellowship for performance research, and is also an Art Think South Asia (ATSA) Fellow '16.

Surabhi Jain

Surabhi was introduced to contemporary dance in the Ruggieri Dance Academy and went on to study at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. She then received a scholarship from J.N. Tata Trust to pursue a Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies at Trinity Laban. Her piece Fitting Room was selected to be presented at Laban End of the Year Show. It was also shortlisted to be presented at PECDA in Chennai.

Tahnun Ahmedy

Tahnun Ahmedy has studied Bangladeshi folk dance and Kathak. Tahnun also worked with the Shadhona Cultural Circle, performing in a number of productions like Tasher Desh, Fireflies, and Mayar Khela among others. In 2013 Shadhona granted him a scholarship to study at the Rhythmosaic Dance Institute, Kolkata, following which he was appointed a member of their company. Currently he is working with a few institutions, schools, and dance groups as a choreographer, while working on his own solo pieces.

Youngsun Kong
South Korea

Youngsun Kong graduated from EWHA Woman's University majoring in Contemporary Dance and Art History, and National University of Arts with a Master's degree in Choreography. She has been collaborating with "SOA", an architecture company, and performed in Unfolded Theater (2013), a site specific performance at Seoul LG Art Center and MAKE, WRINKLES (2014) at Seoul Museum of Art. In 2014, she was invited to join the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company as a member of the Choreography Laboratory. Her new creation, Choreographic Ritual was presented in December 2016 in Seoul, as part of the ARKO Creative Academy