Abhilash Ningappa, Founder and Artistic Director of Play Practice Artists Residency (INDIA), born and based in India. Recognised as performer, choreographer and teacher both nationally and internationally. He post graduated in SEAD (Salzburg) and Post Masters in APASS (Advanced performance and scenography studies) (Belgium) . A yoga practitioner and a martial art teacher, trained in kalari payattu and contemporary dance.
He has been organising Play Practice Apprenticeship program and Yoga Practice teachers training program for the past 5 years. In 2019 he launched the first Fight Practice martial arts workshop and also organises yearly residencies for artists.
He won Pecda award for ‘Architect of Self Destruction,' a work which was created by Ningappa himself and performed in several venues all around India and Spain. He taught and performed in Nunart and Lacaldera (Barcelona), Ibiza movement and performance Festival."No Speaking Solo" Performed in Isadora Festival (Russia). “Too far east is west" performance with Carla Guida Johnson in Bangalore, with Ana jezebel with Devir Capa (Portugal) and Nicola Fabiana (Germany).
Other Choreography works:
"Lets Make Up India" with Eva Maria Kupfer (Switzerland)
"Disposable Heroes" with Bangalore Dance Collective (India).
"Troubled Duet" in Bangalore international dance festival (India)
'Life Unedited” lecture performance in Alkantara (Lisbon)
" Pro Choreo Laboratory” (Zurich)
"15 pieces “ concept by Daniel kok , performed 15 solos choreographed by 15 choreographers
In the frame of an exchange program called "Point to point" by Asia Europe Dance Forum supported by Asian Europe foundation.
Studios He Worked with:
Compagnie Thor - Thierry Smits , Artists Commons and Residency in PARTS (Brussels)
Dance Perfect and ALTA (Prague)
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp ARTESIS (Antwerp)
Freiburg Contact Festival(Spain)
Marameo, Dock 11 and Tanzfabrik(Berlin)
Hofstra University(New York) and Brown University (Providence, US).
Tanzfactor (Cologne) , Warsaw Dance Department (Poland)
He worked with choreographers such as:
Constanza Macras in "Back to the present" and " The past” India Tour .
Katie Ducks “ Freakatoni” Improvisation Summer performances in Amsterdam.
Tania Carvalho In “Icosahedron” performance tour all over Europe.
Rex levitates Dance Company , Cruz Dance theatre and Irish Modern Dance theatre (Ireland)
"Bodies in urban spaces" by Willie Dorner , in Austria and Brussels
Ka fai in “what i think about when i think about dancing” in Attakkalari Festival, Bangalore
Nuni Lazaga "To dream or not to dream” Gati Dance Festival, New Delhi.
Palermo Workshop : Abhilash Ningappa
EMBODYING CRITICAL SITUATION (Improvisation and Composition workshop)
His Workshop is focused on Improvisation working on fundamentals like breath, speed and energy, involving the core structure of the body influenced by different methods of kalari payattu and other martial arts combined, focusing mainly on dancers relationship with the space and the people around.
The practice is about identifying our way of expressing into certain situations like a moment of confrontation, dealing ,accepting and mainly reacting. Inventing a score to create an incident and let the body react and mind follows and other way around. Using senses to provoke emotions created through incidents. Identifying the space filled with accumulated information through movement and research.
We experience reaction through various tasks and scores, to disengage mind from body and observing the reaction of body, recollecting or replaying the incident and to identify it with a new perspective, the new is nothing but a combination of various memories played in different time and space which is changing and passing every moment. Bringing feeling and letting the body occupy and transfer, letting it pass in order to give space for the next incident. Running from incident to incident, going through different emotional state, identifying the presence and absence, and identifying the state of mind and body through these different emotional state.