Dance Lab with Kamala Devam Jan 19

Maiden Voyage are looking forward to welcoming Kamala Devam in the New Year

Two exciting workshops: one introducing a martial art form the other classical dance, both originating from southern India.

Date/Times: Sat 19 January 3pm-6pm, Sun 20 January 11am-4pm 2019

Studio will be open half an hour before  start time on both days for registration and warm-up

Venue: Saturday- St Louise’s Comprehensive College, 468 Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6EN

Sunday- St Louise’s Comprehensive College, 468 Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6EN

Cost: Sat: £15, Sun: £20, both days: £25

To book please contact Sandy or Nicola at

Saturday 19 Jan 2019-Kalari
This workshop will be an introduction to the basics of kalaripayattu, a martial art form from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Kalaripayattu is said to be the mother of all martial arts, brought from India to other parts of Asia by Buddhist monk Bodhidharma in the 4th century. Now having an influence on dance choreography around the world, this martial art form is beautiful and athletic, incorporating the fighting actions of animals with graceful, circular motions and powerful kicks and jumps. No previous martial arts or dance experience is needed to attend.
Sunday 20 Jan 2019-Bharatanatyam
This workshop will be an insight into the popular South Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. Originating from the courts and temples of ancient India, this dance form was modernised and codified in the 20th century, and is now often used to celebrate India’s national identity. Different dance steps or adavus will be introduced to the participants, using a variety of levels and incorporating the articulate hand gestures of the form. These steps will build into rhythmic and dynamic phrases of dance. We’ll then explore the narrative aspect of Bharatanatyam, using facial expressions (abhinaya) to express the meaning of a story or poem. Some dance experience is good, but all levels of ability are welcome.

Kamala Devam is an international and multilingual dance and performing artist. Her training in classical Indian dance, contemporary dance, physical theatre and vocal work has led her to perform in a wide range of companies and choreograph using all elements of her unique training, both in the United States and United Kingdom.

Raised as a Hindu in San Francisco under the spiritual guidance of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Kamala trained in Bharata Natyam (classical South Indian dance) for twelve years with Kalakshetra graduates Katherine and K.P. Kunhiraman in their school Kalanjali: Dances of India. She studied intensely with the Dhananjayans in 1994 and Kalakshetra K.P. Yesodha in Chennai in 2002. Discovering a curiosity and passion for modern dance as a young adult, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Choreography & Performance at San Francisco State University in 2001. She performed Bharata Natyam professionally in Malaysia, India and the United Kingdom and toured the US and Mexico with the California Contemporary Dancers directed by Yasmen Sorab Mehta and Sheetal Gandhi.

In the UK, Kamala has performed for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony with Akram Khan Company, toured internationally from 2004-2012 in numerous tours with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, performed for Sadhana and ATMA dance companies and worked with many independent contemporary choreographers. She has also performed for the English National Opera and Akademi, as well as rehearsal directed for several London-based dance companies.

Choreographically, Kamala has co-created and internationally performed two dance pieces, Alter Ego 2007 and Last One Standing 2010 with dancer/choreographer Seeta Patel in London. They collaborated with Maria Åkesson in 2009 to make short dance film Last One Standing and again in 2013 to create their multi-award-winning dance film The Art of Defining Me, receiving critical acclaim from festival screenings around the world. She performed her solo choreographic debut piece FretLess at The Place, Rich Mix and the Southbank Centre in London 2010 – 2011 and for the Erasing Borders Festival in New York in 2013. Commercially, Kamala has danced in music videos for artists Charlie Winston and Shonu Das.


Kamala Devam Company (KDC) was founded in 2016 after the successful premiere of Kamala Devam’s first company piece Ankusha at the Southbank Centre in London.

Kamala Devam Company creates athletic and richly-layered dance work, seeking to affirm life for its audiences by taking risks onstage and through the concepts of its work.  Kamala began her formal training as a dancer in the Indian classical tradition of Bharata Natyam in Northern California and went on to learn western contemporary forms. Integrating the themes and aesthetics of Bharata Natyam, western contemporary dance and acrobatics, KDC shapes a space where cultures and dance legacies collide by exploring the motivations that compel humanity to move forward.