12 to 1 pm: Create key gestures or structures drawn from movement or text.
1 pm to 2 pm: lunch break
2 pm to 4 pm : work on solo or group improvisations
4 pm to 5 pm : Sharing or showing of the day’s task in a short presentation open to the public, with a dialogue of feedback from participants and audience. No audience during workshop activities. About Dr. Rakini Devi Kolkata, Indian born and Sydney based multidisciplinary performance artist, Dr. Rakini Devi explores cultural identity as an artist originating from the East and located in the West. Trained in two forms of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam and Odissi, Dr. Devi’s Kalika Dance Company (1991-1998) incorporated classical Indian dance techniques into a contemporary context. Her practice-led research embodies both Indian and western performance methodologies, creating her own idiosyncratic performance language and aesthetic. Dr. Devi’s work centres on female religious iconography as protest against global misogynist atrocities including female infanticide, dowry deaths and femicide. Her current repertoire includes The Female Pope (Sydney, New York, Helsinki, and Sweden, 2010~), and The Widow, Kali Madonna, The Black Madonna and her doctoral presentation, Urban Kali (https://vimeo.com/223879573). Dr. Devi’s 2001 Australia Council Dance Fellowship, amongst other awards and subsequent overseas residencies and performances, contributed towards her practice and exploration of new intercultural performance methodologies. She was guest lecturer in dance at (WAAPA & UNWS), and has conducted workshops internationally. In 2018 she completed her DCA (Doctor of Creative Arts), titled Urban Kali: From Sacred Dance to Secular Performance.