Dance for Connecting
Archetypes are mirrors of ourselves
Moving Archetypes uses a mixture of Indian and contemporary western dance to connect with powerful archetypes such as Cleopatra, Kali, Shiva and Tara. Archetypes are mythical characters that symbolise complex life events and feelings. Connecting with them can help us understand that who we are and our life experiences are part of larger stories and patterns. We learn to use our body and mind to engage with the chosen archetype through dance set to music from all over the world, guided improvisation and reflection. The dance style combines specific techniques from Indian and western dance and includes:
- dance theatre styles from India which have traditionally been used to embody archetypes
- Laban Movement Analysis based movement from contemporary western dance
- guided simple movement improvisation
Connecting with powerful archetypes through dance can help us find inner balance and discover strengths that empower us in our daily lives. Moving Archetypes celebrates your connection to the eternal stories of this world.
No previous experience of dance or knowledge of archetypes is necessary.
Padma Menon has over 30 years of international experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator. She has performed in hundreds of venues all over the world and created numerous contemporary and traditional Indian dance productions for high profile festivals and venues internationally.
Padma enjoyed a successful career in India performing professionally as a soloist since the age of nine. In her early twenties she founded one of Australia’s first professional multicultural dance companies and established a national and international reputation for cross-cultural work. She has worked in Europe in the renowned Korzo Production House as house choreographer and her work has been showcased in international festivals such as Cadance and the Holland Dance Festival. The centre she founded in India in 2006 was part of the arts activism movement in India, working closely with human rights and social justice organisations to raise awareness of issues such as women’s rights.
Padma spent fifteen years studying and performing in three classical Indian dance theatre styles—Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Mohini Attam. Padma also holds post graduate qualifications in Choreography specialising in Laban Movement Analysis from the Netherlands. She has also studied contemporary western dance, yoga and the Indian martial art form of Kalaripayattu.