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    Blue Movement Circle hopes to help women empower their ‘inner’ selves this month

    Two popular names in Bangalore’s theatre circuit are gearing up to bring their ‘disbelieve’ workshop to Chennai for the first time. The Disbelieve Workshop, in association with Blue Movement Circle, will be conducted by Bangalore-based Anitha Santhanam, a director and workshop leader in physical theatre, and Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, a contemporary dancer/choreographer and creative movement therapist. In a quick discussion about the two-day workshop, Mrinalini Sekar, movement artist and facilitator at Blue Movement Circle, stresses that one does not have to be a dancer to participate. “It is about inner exploration,” she says, explaining that the participants will be guided on an introspection through physical movement practices. “The techniques are drawn from contemporary dance and theatre,” she adds.

    IMG_7447_2592x1728A first-of-its-kind workshop in Chennai, it will help women identify and address the unhealthy influences of certain societal norms and beliefs that one is generally accustomed to, through movement. Giving us an example of one such norm that the workshop will help participants identify, Sekar points out the scenario where the woman eats only after the rest of the family has finished. Participants will be allowed to share their realisations which will then be discussed. Of course, it will be left to each person to choose to agree or disagree on whether they think the norm is positive or negative.

    The Disbelieve Workshop takes place on June 21-22, from 10 am to 5 pm at Blue Movement Circle on Eldams Road. Workshop fee: Rs. 3,500 for both days (inclusive of lunch). Register before June 20, for Rs. 3,000. Details: 9444022904

    -Ryan Peppin

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