In the odissi aesthetic, its sculpted form is one of its most prominent and defining features.
In this class, you will experience the fundamental forms held within odissi dance. Approaching the forms through an understanding of body alignment and balance of weight, we will feel their effects on our bodies, feeling how they translate into an emotional aesthetic.
Carrying the guiding principles of odissi form and technique, you will explore central themes such as walking patterns and rhythmic foot patterns.
Mudras, or hand gestures, are forms held within our hands. This element of the class will teach some of the basic mudras used in odissi, and ways they are presented in the dance.
Maryam is an odissi Indian classical dancer, who holds love and devotion to art as her path to spiritual growth and self-realisation. Since beginning her journey with odissi in 2009, she has returned to India regularly for intensive training periods, studying under world renowned Guru Sujata Mohapatra and international dancer Colleena Shakti, as well as attending workshops in the UK with leading Gurus of the dance form, including Madhavi Mudgal and Ileana Citaristi. Maryam performs regularly in the UK as a soloist and as part of the Odissi Ensemble, a performing group the first of its kind in the UK. Dedicated to raising the profile of odissi through high quality performance with live music, they toured their production Gods and Mortals in 2017 with the support of Arts Council England, and are continuing to develop work on new production concepts. Maryam is also a dedicated yoga practitioner and qualified teacher, and her focused studies of movement technique, and experiences of the cultural context of odissi have developed her skill as a dancer of grace, sincerity and sweetness.
Venue: at The Place