Indian dancer Jayachandran Palazhy offers mini-residency at Appalachian

Jayachandran Palazhy, Indian dancer and founding artistic director of the Attakkalari Centre for MovementArts in Bangalore, India, will travel to Appalachian State University to offer a mini-residency on Oct. 15–16. While on campus, Palazhy will partner with Theatre and Dance Department faculty to offer three master classes and one lecture, all of which are open to students across campus.

According to his website, Palazhy is a Physics graduate from Kerala who has trained in both India and England. While in the U.K., he was awarded the Barclays New Stage Award for innovative work and selected to represent the country as an emerging choreographer in an international forum. He works extensively as a consultant in different parts of the world, has led several artistic residencies, presented papers and delivered lecture demonstrations on a range of allied subjects related to movement arts. 

Associate Professor of Dance Studies Emily Daughtridge, coordinator of the residency, said, "We are pleased to partner with our dance colleagues at UNC-Greensboro to bring this internationally-renowned artist from India to North Carolina. Our students will get to participate in a hands-on screen dance workshop with Palazhy as well as take a class with a master choreographer in contemporary modern dance and Kalaripayattu, a form of Indian martial art for dancers."  

The residency schedule is as follows:

Oct. 15

  • 10–10:50 a.m. “Innovation & Technology in Indian Movement Arts” 
    This lecture will explore how the information and knowledge from Indian physical and performance traditions feed into the movement language of contemporary dance idioms in India as well as the roles of innovation and technology in Palazhy’s choreographies.
    Chapell Wilson Hall 111 
  • 12:30–1:45 p.m. Contemporary Dance Technique 
    Combined classes of intermediate modern and beginning ballet.
    Varsity Gym Studio 208 
  • 2–3:15 p.m. Hands-on Screen Dance Workshop 
    Varsity Gym Studio 203 

Oct. 16

  • 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.  Kalaripayattu – Indian martial art (for dancers)
    Varsity Gym Studio 208

The department is co-hosting Palazhy’s residency in conjunction with UNC-Greensboro. To learn more, contact Emily Daughtridge at

About the Department of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance is one of seven departments housed in Appalachian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to facilitate transformative experiences for students and the public, which cultivate compassionate, creative and collaborative communities through theatre and dance. The department also offers coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Its dynamic co-curricular production program provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Jayachandran Palazhy dancing
Published: Oct 10, 2018 11:32am