BHĀVARASA | A Masterclass | In Residence
A Kutiyattam masterclass with Kapila Venu
India is rich for the ancient knowledge system of performance, for the pedagogy and technique of theatrics & drama in story telling that help a performer in seamless transitions from emotion to emotion,
BHĀVARASA – A masterclass with Kapila Venu will make us experience emotions with these techniques, use of breath and more over three hours.
About the Artist
Kapila Venu is an accomplished practitioner of Kutiyattam and Nangiar Koothu (One of the oldest surviving Theatre and Storytelling traditions of the world originating and practised in South India). She was initiated into these traditions at a very young age.
She is the disciple of the legendary Kutiyattam master – Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, renowned Kutiyattam practitioner and actor-trainer – Guru G Venu and foremost female practitioner of Kutiyattam – Guru Usha Nangiar. Kapila has also trained in Mohiniyattam classical dance for several years under her mother, eminent teacher and scholar – Guru Nirmala Paniker.
Kapila has been active as a performer of Kutiyattam since a young age. Her repertoire comprises both traditional performances and new experiments. She aspires to explore the depths of traditions and at the same time find other than the regular possibilities, spaces and people for her art.
Kutiyattam is the only artform that combines Sanskrit drama with traditional Koothu dance.
In Residence, a production series, creates space for practitioners to explore their craft, form, and expression to consistently and rigorously refine their practice. Each production is hosted over an extended duration at the warehouse, enabling work that is multidisciplinary and grounded in traditional and contemporary performance methods.
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