Structure of our contemporary classes:
At ADC, we have a blend of Contemporary and Mayurbhanj Chhau.
Release Technique : focuses on using momentum, dynamic gravity and release to develop ease of moment. It is focused on ease of “movement” and “fluidity”. Dancers learn to minimize tension in the body to create freedom of movement. The release of body weight into the floor and the use of breath to instigate movement is part of the learning process.
Contact Improvisation Technique: wherein the remain in physical touch, mutually supportive and innovative, meditating upon the physical laws relating to their masses: gravity, momentum, inertia and friction. They do not strive to achieve results but rather, to meet the constantly changing physical reality with appropriate placement and energy.
Flying Low Technique: utilizes simple movement patterns that involve breathing patterns, speed and release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining centered state.
Mayurbhanj Chhau is a martial art dance form of Ancient India. Originated from the forests of Mayurbhanj in the 18th century, it got the status of martial form in the 19th century. Mayurbhanj Chhau has highly evolved techniques of its own for which it differentiates itself from other form of dances. These techniques of Mayurbhanj Chhau are based on various body movements inspired from animals and nature. Elements of folk, tribal, martial, traditional, classical art have been woven into the grand mosaic of Mayurbhanj Chhau.
This dance form is used predominantly in Indian films and is a mixture of numerous styles ranging from belly-dancing, kathak, Indian folk, Western popular (hip-hop),and “modern”, jazz and more.