Contemporary Dance As An Art Form: A Lecture Demonstration With Ms Yuteka Trripati

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The students of the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (SCMC) attended their first lecture-demonstration for the academic year 2022-23 on 16th September at the Symbiosis auditorium, welcoming the acclaimed dancer Ms Yuteka Trripati for a session on ‘Contemporary Dance’.

A member of the International Dance Council (CID), Paris, Ms Trripati holds a Diploma in Dance from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru, and has trained at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Ms. Trripati began her dance journey at the age of 16, and her vision for the art is to bring a variety of dance forms together to express the power of the medium.

During the session, Mr Trripati shed light on the contemporary dance form, sharing with the students her knowledge, tips and techniques. Starting with a brief introduction on the history of modern dance and its nuances, Mr Trripati went on to explain the post-modern dance trends, defining contemporary as something in the present or taking place in the moment. She advised students to attend practice sessions to hone their dancing skills, and spoke about improvisation, a branch of the contemporary form which is performed individually and involves choreographing steps on the spot. She further pointed out that contact improvisation involves two people and explores their relationship through dance.

After sharing her insights into the world of contemporary dance, Ms Trripati called volunteers on stage and engaged them in an activity that involved closing their eyes and feeling their emotions with the help of body gestures. With her expertise, she helped the volunteers navigate through several dance-related activities such as jumps, stretches, kicks, shin slides, and those involving vigorous body movements.

Ms Trripati then guided students to perform choreography on the female version of the famous song ‘Afreen Afreen’. The engaging session concluded with a Q&A session in which the students thanked the guest for emphasising on the significance of dance as an art form both through words and in practice.

Pooja Bhatia
(Batch 2024)