Carlos Pons Guerra ©

Josh Hawkins


Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, presents its much-awaited Graduation Performances of its 10th batch of students pursuing Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media. Featuring 40 talented dancers from across the country, the Graduation Performance will showcase choreographies of five acclaimed international as well as Indian choreographers.

This landmark performance is the culmination of the year long programme involving eight hours of intense training every day in several dance forms and physical traditions as well as in arts history, theory and stage technologies. 

The shows will be performed in the following cities: 

Cities/ Venues Dates Timing
Bangalore, Guru Nanak Bhawan  13 August 6 pm onwards
Chennai Music Academy  16 August 6 pm onwards
Thrissur Regional theatre  20 August 6 pm onwards

The dances have been choreographed by UK-based Carlos Pons Guerra, among others choreographers. Speaking about his experience in India, Carlos said:

"Working in India over the last two months has been a hugely enriching experience for me as an artist. I have taught the students at Attakkalari and created a new work on 40 dancers, Cocomobile, a fast-paced, quirky piece inspired by my experiences in Bangalore (particularly the traffic!): a city of relentless technological speed environing the frailness of an intricate and deeply rooted tradition. I have shared my knowledge of ballet and contemporary techniques but have also grown immensely through exchange with the dancers. Engaging with the local community- through masterclasses, creative workshops and talks on dance and gender- have allowed me to share my experience with the wider population and to meet many local artists. India has a thriving, motivated and exciting arts scene, and I am extremely thankful to the British Council for this opportunity to share, grow and experience. The arts truly are a universal language that invites inclusion, harmony and dialogue, and the British Council's work is an excellent example of international cooperation”. 


About the Attakkalari Graduation show

Over the years, Attakkalari’s Graduation Performances have proved to be very special events where the talent and dedication of the international line up of choreographers are matched equally by the electrifying moves, youthful exuberance and utter commitment of the young dance artists.

Attended by many dignitaries, the performance attracts students from many schools and colleges, artists from diverse disciplines, people from corporate sector, media, members of the wider community and of course the friends and family of the students, who travel from different corners of the country to be part of this unique event.

Many students from less privileged backgrounds were able to attend this highly sought after professional and intense training programme because of the scholarships provided through the generous support from Muthoot Pappachan Foundation (MPF), TNQ and Fanuc India Ltd. Partnering with Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India), Tata Education Trust, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the British Council, Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe Institute), Italian Cultural Centre and ProHelvetia (Swiss Arts Council), Alliance Français and others, Attakkalari was able to put together an excellent and unmatched team of international dance teachers and choreographers as well as masters from many Indian performance and physical traditions as the faculty for the Diploma programme.

About Carlos Pons Guerra, contemporary dancer from the UK

Born in Spain and now based in the UK, international dancer and choreographer Carlos Pons is supported by the British Council for his work with Attakkalari. He founded the DeNada Dance Theatre in 2012 and has created works for companies such as Rambert. He was nominated for the Best Emerging Artist category at the National Dance Awards 2015 and has been described as a choreographer "of innate intelligence and theatricality" by the Dance Europe Magazine.

The Observer describes him as "Funny, sexy and flamboyant". Funded by the Arts Council England and supported by a range of national and international dance organisations for his work as a choreographer and dancer, Carlos also teaches at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Elmhurst School of Dance (associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet).