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Arno Kamolika

Deconstructing a Varnam

“I am collaborating with choreographer and my mentor Jai Govinda to understand the inherent structure of a traditional Varnam. Varnam is the core of a bharatanatyam performance, unfolding like a mini solo dance theatre, with vital balance of story telling with deep expressions and intricate pure dance sequences. We are analyzing the structure of a Varnam and taking it apart to create an expression of storytelling that creates curiosity among an audience who is not aware of the traditional framework of bharatanatyam. We are also experimenting around the process of using visuals and narration of the poetry as a tool to help the story telling. These conversations are allowing me to reflect on my own dance journey and the insights I have learned from many of my mentors over the past few years.”

In this online sharing, Arno Kamolika will show some recorded footage of her research, and lead a discussion and Q&A about her project.

Registration will close on June 24 at 4pm PDT.

  • Thursday June 24, 2021 | 5.30pm PDT

  • Online via Zoom

  • Pay-what-you-can: Free/$10

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Supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

Supported through The Dance Centre’s DanceLab interdisciplinary research program

HOW TO WATCH

This online event has two parts:

  • In advance of the June 24 discussion, please watch a short video of studio rehearsal footage (approx 20 minutes). A link to the video will be sent out by email the day before the event, and again 90 minutes prior.
  • The discussion will then take place over Zoom on June 24, starting 5.30pm PDT. The Zoom link will be shared at the same time as the video link.