MAITRYEE MAHATMA

MODULE #3:
MOVEMENTS / BODY AND SPACE

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE “GABRIEL FAURÉ” CONSERVATORY – PARIS 5°

PURPOSE

Kathak, classical dance of India is not only an extraordinary art form able to captivate the audience with its elegance and charm, but it is also a precious toolbox that holds techniques and working methods that allow to analyze with insight movements: the body and space. This toolbox can be of great interest to dancers, musicians and actors. Maitryee Mahatma, Kathak dancer, breaks down this thousand-year-old know-how into 4 modules, so that performing artists can train themselves specifically in the field they are interested in.

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

WORK ON FLUIDITY AND VIGOR // PURPOSE

  • Study of circular movements
  • Study of sharp movements
  • Work of fluid sequences (Tukra)
  • Work on vigorous chain (Paran)
  • Interacting with a percussionist on the worked sequences

Contrary to a widespread misconception, grace, elegance, charm and charisma are elements that can be worked on and developed. This module takes you to better understand and anchor your movements in space. Through their analyses and understandings, by classifying them by types and functions, you will be able to control and develop the above-mentioned faculties.

WORK ON INTENTION, WEIGHT AND RELATIONSHIP TO THE GROUND // PURPOSE

  • Study the anchoring of the body through postures
  • Learn to play with lightness and weight when moving
  • Application of weight on a rhythmic cycle of 14 beats (Dhamar)
  • Dance some sequences of the Dhamar with percussion

This module is aimed at people who already have some awareness of the body and space. Without a correct and mastered intention through the work of weight and anchoring, the technical accuracy of a movement is not sufficient to hold the attention of an audience and make them live a strong experience. This module will make you work on these elements by taking as support a rhythmic cycle called “majestic” in its execution.

DYNAMISM AND IMMOBILIZATION: SUSPENSION OF THE MOVEMENT (SAT) // PURPOSE

  • Work of the laps on 8 times, 5 times, 3 times and 1 time (Chakkar)
  • Learn the various techniques to suspend movement (Sam)

Just as in music a resolution is preceded by a tension, a suspension of a successful movement, it is necessarily preceded by a strong dynamic sequence. The magic and poetry of dance is reflected in the alternation between movements and immobilizations. This last module addresses the notion of dynamism with the turns on oneself and the notion of suspension with immobilization (Sam).

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

Pupils, students, teachers, professional and amateur artists – Any level (initiation, improvement, widening of skills).
Dancers, musicians and actors

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Calcutta, India, Maitryee Mahatma started Kathak dance with Sri Shikha Khare and then she was trained by Kathak’s greatest dance master, Pandit Birju Maharaj. In Paris for four years to do a doctorate in literature at the University of Paris 13, she continued dancing with Sri Sharmila Sharma. Today she continues to deepen her art with Pandit Ashimbandhu Bhattacharya. On stage from the age of 10, his dance is marked by his grace, the subtlety of his expressions and the rhythmic work of the feet. While respecting the rigorous grammar of his art, Maïtreyee was able to translate complex rhythms into poetic images. “The bowls, rhythmic sequence, are not just sounds, it’s a whole language! They talk to me and I translate everything they tell me into a gesture.” In France since 2002, she has performed in Europe with well-known Indian singers and musicians (Pandit Sukhdev Prasad Mishra, Pandit Saugata Roy Chowdhury, Pandit Chiranjib Chakrabarti and Nabankur Bhattacharya). More recently she performs with the Jhankar Company which is an Indo-French collaboration composed of four artists: Nabankur Bhattacharya, Fromentin, Philippe Gauby and Maïtreyee Mahatma. Maïtreyee brings Kathak dance to life as much in its tradition as in its contemporaneity through its cross-projects. Meeting of Kathak with Flamenco “When silence screams”, a daring representation on women; “l’Eveil” a creation with Filibert Tologo, Afro-contemporary dance; and “Chrysalide” a collaboration with Belgian singer Reynald Halloy. She currently lives in Marseille where she teaches Kathak dance and participates fully in regional cultural life.

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