Contemporary Western Acting for Indian Classical Dancers

Contemporary Western Acting for Indian Classical Dancers

Although 'abhinaya' is a vital component of Indian classical dance forms, western contemporary acting style and aesthetic require a different emphasis. This workshop will take advantage of the storytelling and expressive skills Indian classical dancers already posses, and add to it a dimension of examining objectives, obstacles, tactics and expectations - fundamentals of the American and Stanislavsky methods.

During this workshop, you will learn how to analyze scenes and characters, discover the sub-text, drive the plot forward, ensuring intentionality in every move and every choice, ultimately to do more by doing less!

** You do not have to be a classical dancer to sign up for this workshop, however if you are a dancer, we highly encourage you to consider joining us.

This is a hybrid workshop - conducted both in person, and online.

March 2nd through 26th.
Wednesdays (2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd): 7:30 to 9:30 PM; online.
Saturdays (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th): 2:00 to 5:00 PM; in person in Redmond, WA.

Covid protocol: Proof of vaccination is required for this workshop. In-person Saturday sessions will require all participants (and instructor(s)) to wear face-coverings except for when on 'stage' performing or actively instructing. The space where the workshop is being held is a large, well ventilated space with sufficient room for distancing.

The workshop will be led primarily by Pratidhwani Drama Wing's Artistic Director Agastya Kohli, with guest instructors joining us from time to time.
Agastya is a Seattle area based actor, director and producer. He has led the Drama Wing of Pratidhwani since 2005, and has directed and produced many shows in Hindi and English. Recent directorial credits for Pratidhwani include Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy (2019), Queen by Madhuri Shekar (2018), I and You by Lauren Gunderson (2018), Aathvan Sarg by Surendra Verma (2017), and Dance Like a Man by Mahesh Dattani (2015). He holds a certificate in Directing for Stage and Screen from University of Washington. He has also directed for Penguin Productions, 14/48, Live Girls! Theater, Infinity Box and SIS Productions. Recent acting credits include Mandala of Sherlock Holmes (audio play) and Brothers K at Book-it Rep, Happiest Song Plays Last at Theatre22, and Money & Run at Theater Schmeater. By day, Agastya is a Telecom Engineer for the second largest wireless service provider in the US.