DISHA dance

DISHA Dance - International Contemporary Dance Festival at URU   14–25 January 2019

Join us for twelve days of cultural exploration and intensive physical training in the lush Southwest coast of India. Taking place in the port city of Kochi (Cochin), Disha Festival brings an opportunity to immerse yourself in contemporary dance training, the martial art discipline Kalaripayattu, and yoga. Prepare to develop greater power in your dance practice through deeper expression and direction.

DISHA : direction (Sanskrit)

From the heart of the historical neighborhood Fort Kochi, learn about Kerala’s cultural traditions and practices not only through daily Kalaripayattu and yoga training, but through homestays with local families. Bring contemporary dance to Kerala through workshop showings and public performances.

Disha is about exchange.

Of ideas. Of cultures. Of movement possibilities in a warm tropical paradise.

You will sweat. You will smile.

Come prepared to learn about ancient Indian cultural traditions and practices.

Kalaripayattu. Yoga. Temple Ceremonies. Ritual. Meditation. Kathakali lecture demonstration. Food.

Come prepared to expand your contemporary movement training through dynamic movement methods taught by JORGE CRECIS and LALI AYGUADE FARRO.


DISHA International Contemporary Dance Festival was born out of Sreejith KP and Saju Hari’s combined interest and passion for contemporary dance. After meeting during their contemporary dance training days, Sreejith pursued his interest in film, eventually becoming a Kerala-state award-winning film choreographer, while Saju pursued a successful international career in contemporary dance. For many years these great friends talked about combining their experiences and passions to create a space where dance could take root and flourish within the fertile setting of Kerala. DISHA is the realization of that dream!

The first iteration of DISHA took place in January 2017, with 19 participants from 7 different countries and classes taught by Saju Hari, Kristina and Sade Allyne, and Vineesh Kuttinat Murali (Ens Kalari Nettoor). In addition to training, participants discovered local traditions and customs through classical dance-theatre (Kathakali), folk dance (Kolkali), visits to temple ceremonies and ayurvedic massage. Local people and the visiting workshop participants were delighted by the discovery and exchange that took place. DISHA opened a door between east and west, through which we hope to see continued flow during the second edition in 2019.

Alongside the workshops there will be plenty of opportunities to relax at DISHA or explore the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Disha will provide information for professional ayurvedic massage to interested participants, and we can help schedule sessions at a special, negotiated rate. Classes and homestays are centrally located, with many art galleries, historical forts, monuments, restaurants, and cafes in the area.