Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Navala Chaudhari's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this creation laboratory.


Talking bodies

June 4  to June 8 | 9:30am to 1:00pm

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio: TBC

Rate: DAC pro - $179 | Visiting pro - $203 | Standard - $239 (taxes not included)

Workshop description:

Talking bodies


The workshop will begin with a dynamic warm up including elements from yoga, martial arts and floor work. We will focus on finding freedom in movement, always taking the attention back to the breath in order to generate and recycle energy. Moving with a continuous flow, we will organically explore our connection to our own centre of gravity, to others and the space we occupy through improvisation and set movement phrases. Playing with concepts of risk, trust, moving with necessity, instinct, speed, fragility and softness. Allowing us to go beyond our mental and physical limits to find a place where we are in the moment and reach our fullest potential.


Through an open and playful atmosphere, I will slowly encourage theatrical inputs and images to enhance creativity and give meaning to movement, focusing on the work I have been developing over the last years working with Damien Jalet and Eastman, company of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.


Each participant will be invited to create their own material as well as develop and transform taught repertoire phrases. Most importantly, the dancers will be encouraged to explore their own personal movement language within the playground we create together.

*Knee pads are recommended.



Navala Chaudhari, originally from London, works internationally as a dance performer, teacher, and choreographer.


She began her training in Shaolin Kung Fu (1987-1997) and completed her professional dance training at the NSCD graduating with a BPA Honours in 2002. Engaged in the contemporary dance field for the last 15 years she has worked with Andre Gingras, Bawren Tavaziva, Shobana Jeyasingh, Akram Khan, New Movement Collective and Union Dance amongst others. From 2007-2010 she worked with Company Decalage as co- director and made works in collaboration Appel and Breaking Point (place prize semi finals 2008). In 2009 she made Amaranthine with Kevin Edward Turner (Company Chameleon) and was awarded the Choreodrome scholarship programme to research and develop her own work.


Since 2008 Navala has worked extensively with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Belgium as a collaborator, teacher and performer and joined him with his company Eastman, with the creation of Babel (words) co - choreography Damien Jalet in 2010. Other productions include Origine", Puz/zle (Olivier award winner for Best New Dance Production) and Sin co-choreography Damien Jalet, as part of 4D, allowing her to perform on some of the most prestigious stages across the globe.


She has acted as Larbi’s choreographic assistant for the feature film Anna Kerenina and theatre play A season in the Congo both directed by Joe Wright, working as a movement director with leading actors as well as featuring as a dancer in the movie. She also acted as assistant movement director for Hamlet directed by Lyndsey Turner at the Barbican theatre. She continues to teach worldwide at major dance institutions and professional dance companies including Akram Khan Company, The Place (London), Skanes Dansteater (Sweden), New Zealand School of Dance, Artesis University College of Antwerp and the National Youth Dance Company where she acted as assistant choreographer/mentor and rehearsal director leading them towards a tour of the new production choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui entitled Frame(d).


Navala is constantly researching her own movement vocabulary drawing from her extensive knowledge of martial arts, yoga and Capoeira, which she has been studying for over 17 years.


Most recently she was appointed rehearsal director for the European tour of Babel and Tarantiseismic choreography by Damien Jalet for the National Youth Dance Company.

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