ATMA Dance - Mayuri Boonham

ATMA Dance 'Erhebung' Photo: Chris Nash

Contemporary South Asian Dance London


Directed by Mayuri Boonham, ATMA Dance is a vibrant dance company that presents inspirational contemporary work using classical Bharata Natyam movement vocabulary to create an eloquent, unpredictable dance aesthetic. By pushing a traditional form into new conceptual territories, the company’s work reflects the meeting of ancient Indian thought with contemporary experience.

Within one year of the company’s formation in 2009, ATMA Dance produced two new touring works, Sivaloka and Ghatam, both of which toured nationally and internationally and were nominated for the London Fringe Festival award in 2011. For the creation of soundtrack for Sivaloka, Mayuri was granted rare permission by the Archaeological Survey of India to work on location within the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to record music with India’s leading Electronica composers MIDIval PunditZ. This work was supported by Arts Council England, British Council India along with co-commissions from GemArts, Art Asia and production support from Pavilion Dance South West.

Production highlights

Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge (2014)
Director and Choreographer: Mayuri Boonham
Sound Installation (Ex Nihilo): Bill Fontana
Music & Sound Design (The Human Edge): Midival Punditz
Dancers (Ex Nihilo): Archana Ballal, Hian Ruth Voon, Pauline Reibell, Yuyu Rau, Jaslyn Reader, Daniel McCarroll, Mathew Chambers
Dancers (The Human Edge): Yuhui Choe and Kenta Kura

A pair of complementary works from Mayuri Boonham takes inspiration from sacred texts of India to explore the metaphysical origins of matter and the ancient questions of creation and human life. Principally commissioned by The Royal Ballet Studio Programme at the Royal Opera House.

Erhebung (2013)
Dance-Sculpture-Sonic Art Installation for two dancers.
Director & Choreographer: Mayuri Boonham
Sculpture: Jeff Lowe. Sound Art: Bill Fontana. Costume Design: Moritz Junge
Dance Artists: Shreya Kumar, Hian Ruth Voon

Vāc II (2013)
Director & Choreographer: Mayuri Boonham
Music: Peter Garland ‘Apple Blossom’
Dancers: Fumi Kaneko, Sander Blommaert
Originally presented as part of Draftworks 2013, Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre.

Sivaloka (2010)
Director & Choreographer: Mayuri Boonham
Music: Midival Punditz. Lighting Design: Guy Hoare. Costume Making: Sydney Florence
Dancers: Mayuri Boonham, Archana Ballal, Shreya Kumar & Pauline Reibell

Ghatam (2010)
Quartet, 20 min approx.
Director & Choreographer: Mayuri Boonham
Music: Tapan Raj & Gaurav Raina (aka Midival Punditz). Lighting Design/Technical Management: Clare O’Donoghue. Costume Design: Moritz Junge
Performers: Archana Ballal, Mayuri Boonham, Shreya Kumar & Pauline Reibell

Review extracts
“… ATMA is a company worth clocking.“ Donald Hutera – Pulse

“Boonham, with her new company ATMA, is one of the foremost exponents of new Bharata Natyam dance.” Luke Jennings – The Observer

haunting, beautifully nuanced and compelling; this company is promising that rare thing – the creation of a new dance vocabulary.“ Chris Fogg – former Director of Take Art!

Permanent staff
Artistic Director: Mayuri Boonham
Producer: Grace Okereke


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