INDIA, SWITZERLAND AND SOUTH AFRICA – talking dance in the 21st century

11 September (Sunday) online @ 2pm

Indian Digital Avatars – Bharatanatyam revisited in 21st century technology: a conversation between Simon Senn (Switzerland) and Rohee Uberoi (India), and the dance spaces of ATTAKKALARI Centre for Movement (Bangalore, India). This online dialogue will be hosted by JOMBA!’s Artistic Director, Dr. Lliane Loots.

Simon Senn


Simon lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from HEAD (Haute école d’ art et de design) in Geneva and a Masters from Goldsmiths College in London. Simon Senn’s visual art is represented by Galerie Nicola Von Senger in Zurich, and his work L’hôtel des sapins is part of the Kunsthaus Zurich collection. He has exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and the Kunstmuseum Bern, and has won several prizes including the Swiss Performance Art Award, SwissArt Award, and the Kiefer Hablitzel Award.

Rohee Uberoi


Upon completing Bachelors in Literary and Cultural Studies, Rohee completed the Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media course from ATTAKKALARI Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, India and until recently was training and working at the institute under the banner of their Professional Development Program (PDP) where she had been focusing on performative skills and exploring creation possibilities and cross-disciplinary scenarios in the dance field. She has worked in several collaboration and mentorship opportunities and is especially interested in the blending of different forms or techniques into contemporary dance – especially the amalgamation of Indian movement vocabularies form Bharata Natyam and Kalaripayattu.



Jay is a changemaker whose work has impacted the development of contemporary dance in India through many of his strategic interventions and initiatives. He is an internationally sought-after choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He has trained in Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Indian folk dance forms, Kalarippayattu , Tai Chi, Capoeira and African Dance forms. A gifted and innovative choreographer, Jayachandran’s collaborations with international artists have resulted in some very exciting multimedia dance productions such as City Maps, Beyond the Walls for Men, Scanned V, TransAvatar, AadhaaraChakra – a Dancelogue and Bhinna Vinyasa, which toured extensively within India and internationally. He is also the Director of South Asia’s most important contemporary dance festival – the ‘Attakkalari India Biennial’, FACETS Choreography Residency and the Incubation Centre for Arts & Media (ICAM).

ATTAKKALARI - Photo Supplied


ATTAKKALARI Centre for Movement Arts is the lead organization for contemporary dance in India. Invested in strategic partnerships, collaborations and exchanges, ATTAKKALARI has produced many international arts events. Driven by its moto ‘Traditional physical wisdom, Innovation and Technology’, ATTAKKALARI has successfully brought together knowledge from Indian physical and performance traditions with information and skills created elsewhere in the world. Its initiatives include: the Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media (full time professional training programme); the ATTAKKALARI India Biennial, FACETS Choreography Residency; Platform for emerging choreographers; Incubation Centre for Arts Media (ICAM) to produce new works; Education Outreach Initiatives; new performance works by the ATTAKKALARI Dance Company, which tours throughout India and internationally; Nagarika (pioneering Research and Documentation project) as well as Technical support for performance works through TransMedia Technologies.