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.
Free introductory workshops: Saturdays 13th and 20th May, 10-11 am.
Venue: Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston
RSVP essential for free workshops.
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.
Padma has an amazing gift of helping you to find what you need, she steps back and guides you to find yourself and helps you to focus when you get stuck. She offers a supportive, safe space to enable you to fully immerse yourself in this work. Padma has a deep knowledge of archetypes and shares her knowledge freely.
What I loved about the dancing was that I now have shapes or postures that embody certain aspects of the archetype that I want in my life. I can practice those poses when I need a reminder, and I found that I can also imagine the pose and feel it in my body for that added boost when I need it!
My story is very different to the stories of the archetypes, but the emotions are the same. And I could express myself with the archetype’s story, without telling my own story. This started a process of personal healing. She (Padma) taught me how to let negativity go and embrace all that is positive.
My classes made me confident and happy with myself. I started to like myself for the first time in my life...It has helped bringing me back to life...Through the classes I have peeled off the accumulated layers and every day am a new person.
The movement process made me go deep into myself. Whether I was searching my body or mind I was not sure. But expressing what I felt was a liberation.
...she (Padma) has surprised me by being completely in tune with my own thought process. ...deeply educative and empowering...Padma’s long years of experience...has gifted her with a rare insight and intelligence in working with dance.