The workshops explore how an actor tells a story through, gesture, emotion and characters.
Our Kathakali development workshops incorporate new exciting areas of study to include Kathakali into music, Kathakali into abstract performance art, creative face painting, Kathakali masks, costume conservation, Anthropology, RE, Hinduism and ritual plus more .....
These are your comments...
28th March 2019
"The group enjoyed learning about the history of Kathakali and engaging with a different performance art. Students particularly enjoyed the practical elements to the workshop and most can still recite "I am sad because the strong wind destroyed the flowers" using mudras.
Some students were able to create links between their own cultural arts and kathakali whilst considering how they could use music and movement to create a dramatic performance. It was made clear that the arts are a fundamental part of history and community. I think the idea of heritage and ownership was resonant in the workshop and the importance of cultural traditions. Students were interested in and encouraged to share their own history allowing students to make connections between their own cultural backgrounds.
In a time where we are encouraged to be divided it was a nice way for students to make connections with a different culture; finding similarities and appreciating the differences. Lucinda Merrett - Chestnut Grove Academy, Wandsworth, London.
"Thank you so much for today. Everyone really loved it and got a good deal out of the experience. The workshop was at precisely the right level and they were able to understand and engage in breaking things down. The make-up demo and the performance were superb. Elizabeth, from St Dominic's, has sent her thanks and appreciation. Thank you and I hope we meet again."
St Julian's International School, Carcavelos, Portugal. Nov 2018
comments from Caroline, Head of Drama and Theatre
"The breakdown of each element of the performance technique, exploring the mudras, facial expressions and movements, the chance for the students to explore different cultures and to consider how we communicate.
The workshop was well organised, energetic and excellent communication throughout the session". Hockerill College, Herts. Oct 2016
comments from students - Hockerill College
It helped me to see the importance of colour in many aspects of Indian art.
It showed me the way that Indian theatre works with culture and how movement is used in a religious background.
How we don`t need words to communicate with each other.
Kathakali helped me to understand that not all theatre is the same and that there are lots of ways to express feelings.
It demonstrated that complex stories can be theatrically told via non verbal means.
It showed me different styles of acting.
"It was a really enjoyable experience, very beneficial for the children to have out of school visitors, especially a male role model!" – Ringwood Junior School, Hampshire.
"Thanks so much for a wonderful day. The students thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope we can book you again next year. We thought that Barbara and Vijayakumar were encouraging, supportive and had high expectations of our students – thank you". – Ellie Mockler - Downlands Community School, Hassocks, Sussex.
"I particularly enjoyed learning about such a different form of theatre, and thinking about how we could incorporate the techniques involved whilst always being respectful of cultural identity. As an art-form it opened my eyes to the intense work and commitment needed to be a Kathakali Actor/Make-up artist". – Nick - Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, Kent.
"There wasn't anything that I didn't like!"
"We loved the dancing"
"It was very interesting"
"I liked how they showed us what to do and then we had a go."
"We loved having Bradley because he helped everyone."
"I loved making the mask and adding lots of colours."
"The children were able to learn many facts and then have a go which helped them to deepen their knowledge. They thoroughly enjoyed the drama, they were all very engaged.
Having the chance to make a Kathakali mask allowed them to experiment with different colours and styles and to understand the drama, dance and costumes involved even more." - Bittern Manor Primary School, Southampton 2015.