Pranam in White – Summer Intensive Workshop August 1-7
With Colleena Shakti & Miriam Peretz
Inspired by the collaborative performance, Pranam in White which premiered in Fall of 2013 this weeklong intensive explores the theme Pranam in the creation of personalized ritual dances. Pranam is a Sanskrit word meaning a reverential greeting of the divine. In this workshop intensive we will look at different dance traditions and movements that evoke greeting the divine presence. Drawing inspiration from the deeply rooted practice of Pranam in Indian Classical dance, Colleena will share rich aspects of Odissi and Kathak, as well as contemporary elaborations on Indian classical dance grammar. Miriam will share her extensive dance vocabulary in Persian & Central Asian dance forms, ritualistic sacred dance practices as well as other more contemporary and interpretive forms of movement exploration.
Together Colleena and Miriam will help guide and inspire students in the process of creating personally meaningful ritual dances, or personalized “Pranam” dances. The intensive will offer structured and challenging technique training, as well as a creative, supportive environment for dancers to develop their own artistic work. At the end of the weeklong intensive students will have the opportunity to present their Pranam dances in an intimate performance setting.
$450- early bird – before July 1st
$550- after July 1st
*Workshop limited to 20 dancers
Workshop Schedule ~ (August 1-7)
- Friday- Pranam & Greeting the Divine - 9:30-4:00 pm
Colleena : Yoga, meditation, pranayama, Indian classical dance postures and Pranams – techniques. *Short lecture: Traditional Pranam’s meaning and history. Miriam : Greeting the divine- personalized gesture & intentions.
- Saturday - Persian & Indian classical technique - 2:30-8:30pm
Miriam : Dancers boot camp, Persian classical, mystical dancing. Colleena : Indian classical dance postures, ‘pranam’ and techniques.
- Sunday - Turning and Expression - 9:30-4:00pm
Colleena : Yoga, meditation, pranayama and Abhinaya – the language of gestures in Indian classical dance. Miriam : Turning Towards the Heart.
- Monday- Choreographic Inspiration technique - 9:30-4:00pm
Miriam : Dancers bootcamp and choreography from “Pranam in White”. Colleena : Pranam choreography (elements of Kathak and Odissi).
- Tuesday- Working with devotional poetry/text – 10:00- 1:30pm
Colleena & Miriam: Classical Persian & Kathak dance. Drawing inspiration from the devotional poetry of the Hindu & Sufi traditions. Interactions…
- Wednesday- *Working with devotional poetry/text – 10:00- 4:00pm
Aliah Najmabadi- Mystical dances of Tajikistan (2 hours)
Miriam & Colleena: Performance lab- Guided group work and feedback session.
- Thursday- Rehearsal and Performance - 5:00-10:00pm
6:30-7:00: Pre-performance meditation & breath-work practices
8:00-10:00: Performance (teachers & students)