Dancing-stories has its core in the Bharatanatyam and Natyasastra technique. Bharatanatyam is one of the eight classical dances of India with its origins in Tamil Nadu, a state in south India. It encompasses not just dance in its most familiar meaning, but also music, rhythm, theatre, and most importantly story-telling through the gestural and body language. The dance adheres to a codified grammar but also has scope for improvisation in mime. The Natyasastra is the oldest extant Indian literature on dance, drama, and music
This course focuses on understanding the basics of the dance, that is, music, movement, and rhythm. It also gives a chance for the participants to explore the gestural and body language as expression and meaning in connection with stories. The course aims at giving a taste of Indian aesthetics and musicality but more importantly creating an awareness of facial and bodily communication (non-verbal communication) through a specially designed pedagogy merging historical and contemporary.