JUNE 10-12, 2016 in LONDON
We are extremely excited to be hosting our wonderful teacher and mentor Colleena Shakti again for an intensive weekend of truly inspirational workshops, 12 hours of master instruction, and a spectacular evening of performances from the 10th-12th of June 2016 in London. Colleena is well known for her elegant dance style, wealth of knowledge and attention to detail, as well as her collaborations with Rachel Brice of Datura and Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance and Nakarali.
This weekend of workshop will build up to dance phrases inspired by the details in Indian temple sculptures and Moghul court dances, contrasted with earthy feminine movements of Tribal Belly Dance and Rajasthani ‘Gypsy’ dance. Challenging spins and arm patterns as well as precise use of lines and expression are a trademark of Colleena’s dance style, and will be covered.
Fusion is a harmonious blending of forms. Fusion is finding the nuances that compliment and contrast each other, which embellish and enhance rather than confuse and clutter. How can we borrow inspiration and techniques from strongly rooted traditions with out loosing the original spark that inspired us? “Indian Fusion” is a way to create a reality of elegance, clarity and grace that reaches outside of tradition, but maintains the core aesthetic values. Indian dance traces its roots back to ancient times through preserved lineages and texts. It is rich with meaning and hidden wisdom, which brings about a timeless beauty. With well over a decade of intensive training and research specializing in several classical and folk dance traditions, Colleena will share from her vast knowledge of the Indian aesthetic. She will share ways which we can respectfully draw inspiration from Indian dance and create beautiful, intentional fusion, rather than an un informed “cut and paste” approach.
Through a short lecture Colleena will introduce Indian Aesthetic concepts as to why Indian movements look the way they do, as well as the relevant cultural / historical background.
Students are encouraged to participate in the full weekend program as these classes build on one another. The whole course was designed to offer traditional training in Indian dance (with nuances of classical and folk dance of India), and various possibilities and methods to create fusion dance choreographies and strong feminine dancers.
WEEKEND WORKSHOP DETAILS
WORKSHOP 1 : Rajasthani Choreography – Halleriya (3 hours)
Colleena has spent over 15 years in Rajasthan as a professional dancer/performer developing her own unique style of Rajasthani dance. This choreography combines North Indian dance techniques – both folkloric and classical. *Please wear a long spinning skirt. Level: Beg-Int.
WHEN : Friday 10th June 2016 : 6-9pm
WORKSHOP 2 : Indian Fusion Belly Dance: Nuances & Combinations (2 hours)
A careful breakdown of nuanced movements found in various Indian dance styles such as: Mudra, gaze, arm patterns, movement principles, full body postures and trajectory through space. The workshop will progress to movement phrases combining Indian nuances with Belly Dance in an elegant seamless fusion. Level: Beg–Int.
WHEN : Saturday 11th June 2016 : 11-1pm
WORKSHOP 3 : Indian Fusion Belly Dance: Raga & Tala (2 hours)
Raga is a concept in Indian classical music referring to the tonal framework that creates melody, in turn mood, or color. Tala is rhythm structure. Explore dance phrases demonstrating some of the symbolic meaning in these concepts and find inspiration for choreography and improvisation. Level: Int–Adv.
WHEN : Saturday 11th June 2016 : 2-4pm
WORKSHOP 4 : Indian Contemporary (2 hours)
Drawing movements and inspiration from: Indian martial arts, classical dance, yoga, as well as various contemporary techniques, this class explores changing the ‘quality of movement’, speed and size of traditional gestures to unfurl a graceful warrior-like composition. Level: Beg–Adv.
WHEN : Sunday 12th June : 11-1pm
WORKSHOP 5 : Lecture: Indian Aesthetic Theory (1 hour)
This short lecture will introduce Indian Aesthetic concepts and insights as to why Indian movements look the way they do, and relevant cultural / historical background. Find inspiration from these timeless artistic concepts. All levels and non-dancers welcome!
WHEN : Sunday 12th June : 2-3pm
WORKSHOP 6 : Indian Fusion Belly Dance: Combinations with complex spins (2 hours)
Train in techniques of spinning from classical Kathak to Sufi, Persian, and Rajasthani dance. An Indian Fusion belly dance composition will develop over the workshop adding in many turn variations and progresses to a dynamic finale turning sequence! Level: Int–Adv.
WHEN : Sunday 12th June : 3-5pm
VENUE : All workshops will take place in a central London studio. Location TBC very soon.
1. Indian Fusion Immersion with Colleena Shakti Full weekend package:
Total £240 Pay in full via Paypal. (Please note the show is not included in this package and that a fee of £3.95 will be added to your transaction.)
INDIAN FUSION IMMERSION FULL PACKAGE
2. Weekend package ; payment in installments:
Pay £85 deposit now to secure your spot and pay the rest by bank transfer in installments of 2 x £85 expected on 1st March 2016 and 1st May 2016.(Please note that a fee of £3.95 will be added to your transaction.) Your deposit reserves your space and attendance will be accepted once all payments have been received.
WEEKEND PACKAGE : 1ST OF 3 INSTALLMENTS
3. A La Carte menu ; individual workshops will be available (space depending) from 28th March 2016.
Please note that all deposits and payments are non refundable. In the unlikely event that you are unable to fill your place, we are happy for you to make arrangements to replace your spot. Please inform us in the eventuality of this happening at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT COLLEENA SHAKTI:
Colleena Shakti is a dancer of great subtlety and depth. She has dedicated her life to dance ever since moving to India in 2001 to undergo intensive training in Odissi Classical Indian dance, as well as to research and document Rajasthani folk dances, music and jewelry traditions. She has had the great fortune to study under some of India’s greatest masters for more than a decade, and continues to dig deeper in the philosophies and practices, which ties Indian dance to the path of Yoga.
Colleena is committed to honoring her dance lineages and preserving traditional and quickly disappearing art forms of India, yet still manages to balance her work with innovation and self-expression through her approach in Fusion Belly Dance. Many who seek her instruction find a gentle bridging of Eastern and Western thought in the structured dance training and reflective philosophical teachings.
She lives most of the year in Rajasthan, India where she has founded Shakti School of Dance in the historical Rang Nath temple complex in the holy town of Pushkar, while in summer months she tours, performing and teaching worldwide. Annually, she presents the Pushkar Temple Dance Festival, a classical music and dance festival in the Temple which houses her school.
Over the past decade, she has been living closely with a tribe of Kalbelia ‘Gypsies’ and has witnessed many stages of evolution within their nomadic culture. It took years for her to observe the details and accents of their dance form, because it is constantly evolving. She travels India performing at village fairs, in Rajasthan’s great palaces and at prestigious arts festivals with her Rajasthani Langa Musicians and ‘Gypsy’ dancers. In 2007 she was honored by the Vice President and current President of India (Pratiba Patil) for her work with Rajashtani folk arts after a performance with her musicians in Amravarti. Recently, she has taken up the study of yet another classical dance – Kathak, and her innovative Rajasthani style has become celebrated by public and royal circuits in North India.
Drawing from her in-depth study of Indian artistic tradition, classical Odissi and Kathak, Rajasthani folk and tribal dance forms, her strong background in belly dance and the rigor of her practice as a dedicated dancer, yogi, teacher and performer, Colleena offers students a rich and holistic workshop curriculum.
One of Colleena’s recent collaborations include: ‘Pranam in White’ (showcasing interfaith and multinational collaborations of dances from India and Central Asia) which was awarded the Zellarbach grant and staged in the Bay area with Miriam Peretz, Aliah Najmabadi and live music by Stellamara. Follow the link for a snippet of this: www.youtube.com