Outlands is a vivacious and gripping evening of contemporary dance that showcases and celebrates three female choreographers commissioned as part of 2Faced Dance Company’s The BENCH INDIA and UK programme.
This unique one-off programme of work features Hemabharathy Palani, Roonita Mookerji from India and Emma Jayne Park from the UK.
These extraordinary female choreographers present an intimate evening of work to mark the deep cultural ties between India and the UK as part of UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
An award-winning choreographer and dancer, Hemabharathy Palani is one of the most promising talents in contemporary dance today. Known for her fluidity and musicality, Hema is a dynamic choreographer and performer. On stage, her focus is hypnotic, drawing her audience into the story she weaves with her gracefully articulated movements.
This remarkable grace is derived from her classical training in Kuchipudi under Guru Smt. Sunanda Devi and Guru Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi, and Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt. Minal Prabhu.
Hemabharathy Palani's work is deeply personal and evocative. Her movements are richly textured with elements from her further training in ballet, contemporary dance, Kalaripayattu, yoga and capoeira at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts.
Hema has travelled to some of the biggest contemporary dance venues including the Barbican Centre (London), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) and Critical Path (Sydney). She has also completed residencies under mentors like Jonathan Burrows, during her Sadler's Wells Summer University programme in 2011.
Currently, Hema is the Rehearsal Director at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru, where she also works as a choreographer, teacher, and performing artist with the Attakkalari Repertory Company.
Ronita Mookerji has been trained in Bharatanatyam from a tender age of 5 years and she did her Arangetram (Graduation) in the year 2007 in Kolkata and continues training in it. She has also undergone training in Odissi for 2 years under Guru Alokananda Roy. Trained in classical Bharatanatyam for more than 18 years, Ronita moved from Kolkata to Bangalore in 2008 to pursue contemporary dance.
She graduated with Honours from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2009. During the Diploma programme, she trained in Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatayam, Classical Ballet, Contact Improvisation, and Contemporary dance technique.
She has also explored Jazz, Pilates, Kathak and Light Design through shorter modules.
After joining the Attakkalari Repertory in 2009, she trained with visiting artists in the following modules: Hip Hop with Storm (Germany), floor work with Kama Jezierska (Poland/ Iceland), the Flying Low Technique with Vangelis Legakis (Greece/ U.K.) and contemporary dance with Richard Siegal (U.S.A. / Germany / France), Contemporary Techniques with James Mac-Gillivray and Kayleigh Ann Crook from London.
With Attakkalari, she was a Senior dancer/instructor/choreographer now and has performed at various shows, corporate launches and meetings like for Robert Bosch, All-Indian Science Meeting, State Bank of India Annual Day, Global Health Meetings and cultural events across India.
Carrying the innate values of hip hop culture whilst exploring new territories in dance theatre, Emma Jayne Park makes socio-political performances and installations as a catalyst for deepening discussion and encouraging social change. 'High octane... energetic, witty and playful', (The Skinny) her practice asks the audience to engage through questioning their own norms and role in the performance; illustrated significantly in #thesolofilter, a process in which Emma invites artists, audiences and critics to remake her work into the piece they wish they had seen.
After graduating from Edinburgh's Telford College with a First Class BA Hons in Dance, Emma furthered her training at DNA Manhattan with practitioners such as Lynn Simonson, Douglas Dunn and Diane McCarthy. Returning to Scotland to undertake an apprenticeship with Company Chordelia, Emma has since worked with a variety of practitioners such as Conflux (Ricardo Puccetti/ Patrick Nolan), Ocean All Over, Angus Balbernie, Norman Douglas, Freshmess, Barrowland Ballet and Gary Clarke.
Committed to developing her creative voice, Emma has travelled across Europe learning intensively from practitioners such as Alan Greig, Ivo Dimchev, Katie Duck, Rasmus Olme, David Gordon, Liz Lerman, Nicole Piesl and Alva Noe, supported by Creative Scotland and the Choreographic Futures programme. Further receiving mentorship from Christine Devaney, Jonzi D and Jonathan Burrows through the choreographic development initiatives of Breakin’ Convention.
Founding her company Cultured Mongrel as a means to impact the sector beyond simply touring work, she brings together unique combinations of artists to generate original concepts for touring, participation and challenging existing infrastructures. Known for touring anywhere with a double plug socket, Emma works equally in urban and rural environments with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Emma is currently Associate Artist with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and was named one of ASSITEJ’s Next Generation 2016.
Outlands is at The Place on Tue 3 Oct 2017. Find out more and book tickets.