Participants will learn basic abstract movement phrases and isolated body training specific to Odissi classical Indian dance, as evolved and practiced at Nrityagram.

The workshop begins with a lecture, tracing Odissi dance from its origin to how it is practiced today. Dancers from the company will demonstrate the language of Odissi: basic body positions and movement technique and the language of expressional dance with hand gestures and facial expressions. The participants will also be taught isolated body training techniques. This culminates in learning a basic phrase that provides a brief but complete experience of Odissi dance vocabulary.

Pavithra Reddy will lead the workshop and is accompanied by 3 dancers and 2 musicians.