dance_workshop_02Improvisation and composition workshop:

Play Practice Research: Abhilash Ningappa

March 24 and 25, 2015 @ CRIPA

10-12 Noon

Workshop is focused on Improvisation working on fundamentals like breath, speed and energy, involving the core structure of the body influenced by different methods of kalari payattu and other martial arts combined, focusing mainly on dancers relationship with the space and the people around.

The practice is about identifying our way of expressing into certain situations like a moment of confrontation, dealing and accepting and mainly reacting. Inventing a score to create an incident and let the body react and mind follows and other way around. Using sense organs as a tool to provoke emotions created through incidents. Identifying the space filled with accumulated information collected through the life time, replaying an incident and to feel the changes and the challenge is to see the possibility of changing the past by playing the present moment, because past can be just an information or idea which exist inside us at a very present moment.

We experience reaction through various tasks and scores, to disengage mind from body and observing the reaction of body, recollecting or replaying the incident and to identify it with a new perspective, the new is nothing but a combination of various memories played in different time and space which is changing and passing every moment. Bringing feeling and letting the body occupy and transfer, letting it pass in order to give space for the next incident. Running from incident to incident, going through different emotional state, identifying the presence and absence, and identifying the state of mind and body through these different emotional state, giving life to movement by letting the body go through different emotional state.




Abhilash Ningappa is born in India. He is a Performer, teacher and choreographer in India and Europe. He post graduated in SEAD (Salzburg) and Post Masters in APASS (Advanced performance and scenography studies) (Belgium) on a movement research project called PLAY PRACTICE. A yoga practitioner and a martial art teacher, trained in kalari payattu and contemporary dance, started his training in India and later travelled in India and Europe working and practicing.

He has taught in Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (ARTESIS, Antwerp) and has been teaching professional classes in Dock 11 (Berlin), Dansehotel (Malaga), PARTS (Brussels), Le chien Perdu (Brussels), Attakalari (Bangalore), Dance Identity (D.ID)(Austria), Danskias (Vienna), and Association of professional dancers (Ireland). He has organized professional training program in India called PROTRAIN, and a scholarship program for “Improjunction” festival facilitated by Katie duck and Goa contact festival

He has worked with choreographers such as Constanza macras in “Back to the present”, Michele keleminis “Caroline and Abhilash” and in Ireland, with Rex levitates Dance Company. He has performed in ” I hear voices” by Nadia Laura, in “Bodies in urban spaces” by Willie Dorner, and “Icosahedron” by Tania Carvalho.

He started his choreography work in 2003 with “4men 4minutes”. He worked in collaboration with individuals and groups from Attakalari to create the group pieces “No way out” and “I am fine” in 2004. He received scholarship in Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) for a choreography exchange program where, with the students, he created ” Space Time”.” Connecting Landscapes” and ” New trash” in 2009. He presented a lecture performance called ‘Life Unedited” and performed 15 solos choreographed by all participant choreographers called “15 pieces ” concept by Daniel kok, in the frame of an exchange program called “Point to point” by Asia Europe Dance Forum supported by Asian Europe foundation in 2009. He worked “Disposable Heroes” with Bangalore dance collective and “Lets make up India” with Eva Maria Kupfer and was in ‘Pro Choreo Laboratory’, in Zurich, and received grant from pro Helvetia in 2010.

He is currently working on developing an art practice called “Play Practice”. Play practice is a movement research project developed since 2009 in different residencies in different countries, it started in DANSKIAS Vienna residency and later became a research material for a research based program in APASS (Advanced performance and scenography studies) working with various artists in different residencies mainly PARTS summer residency, PAF (performing arts forum) and Lopital (Antwerp).