BodyConstitution Winter Academy


PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków, Branch in Wrocław, ul. Braniborska 59, Wrocław

Workshops and work demonstrations for the students of the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków, Branch in Wrocław, and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Leaders: Ditte Berkeley, Przemysław Błaszczak, Kamila Klamut. Aleksandra Kotecka, Tomasz Wierzbowski (Teatr ZAR) AND Sankar Lal Sivasankaran Nair (Studio Kalari)

BodyConstitution Winter Academy 2016

Teatr ZAR

Teatr ZAR is a multinational group that was formed in Wrocław by apprentices of the Grotowski Institute and took shape during annual research expeditions to Georgia between 1999 and 2003. During these expeditions, the apprentices collected much musical material, including a core of centuries-old polyphonic songs that are probably the oldest forms of polyphony in the world. The name of the group, ZAR, is taken from the title of funeral songs, which in Caucasian tradition, among others in Svaneti, are the essence of singing understood as “column of sound”.

Sankar Lal Sivasankarain Nair

is a kalarippayattu teacher and certified ayurvedic massage therapist born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Sankar started studying the Southern style of kalarippayattu in 1990. His masters have included Tirupuram C. Madhavan (Anjaneya Kalari Sangham), Jayachandran Nair (Kerala School of Martial Arts), Thankappan Assan and Ajith Kumar (Maruthi Marma Chikilsa Kalari Sangham and Ayurveda) and Raja Gopalan Assan (present master).

Photo by Tobiasz Papuczys