Stella Subbiah

Dance - the Relationship with Language &



Stella is looking at how both these elements can be simultaneously pictorial and sensory and how this relationship affects a performance.
Bharatnatyam technique lends itself to this imagination and the workshop will explore how it is used to  experience a sense of self and identity. The words will influence the thought and identity of the participants which will allow them to express themselves through movement. We will explore the experience of, and the relationship between, dance and the dancer and lived experiences, both real and imagined.


Stella Subbiah comes from a family committed to Indian dance forms, her father Harri Uppal is the moving force behind Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir in Patna and so, she has grown up with dance, theatre and music.
As a child in Patna, Stella had her initial training with Pushpa Shankar at the Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir.  She also taught Indian theatre at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, for a-year-and-a-half,
and then went to Nigeria for over two years.  Stella is proficient in half a dozen Indian languages and  is the alumnus of Kalashetra in Chennai. For over a decade, she worked with celebrated danseuse Rukmini Devi Arundale.

Stella is now a UK-based danseuse and choreographer and spread various forms of Indian classical dances in the UK by setting up All Saints Art Centre in London the idea behind the centre is to provide proper training to budding talents.   In 1994 Stella had set up Sankalpam Dance Company in UK to give live performances. Sankalpam has developed a reputation of maintaining respect for tradition and build a new choreographic framework for Indian classical dance.



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