Founded in 2009 by choreographer and director Mayuri Boonham – formerly joint Artistic Director and Choreographer of Angika Dance Company – ATMA Dance is a London-based 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 conceptial territories, the company's work reflects the meeting of ancient Indian culture with contemporary experiences.
Inspired by the dramatic, rock-cut Elephanta temple in India, Sivaloka explores the concept of Siva, a unique contribution of Indian thought to the understanding of the human condition. Creating an immersive space, Boonham's choreography shifts and changes within Siva's paradoxical realm of opposites. Sounds created and recorded within the cave temple – where Boonham and her team of collaborators were given special access to the UNESCO World Heritage site – are used to drive the powerful and emotive music.
Ghatam was inspired by Steve Reich's 'Drumming' music composition, and commissioned in June 2009 as a site specific piece for street festivals in Spain. The piece has been recreated with four expert Bharata Natyam dancers and a startling new light installation by Moritz Waldemeyer.
ATMA Dance, directed by Mayuri Boonham, has a rich history of delivering education and participation projects. The company delivers a range of workshops, masterclasses, residencies and professional development opportunities, as well as discussions and pre/post show talks.
ATMA Dance's wide range of projects can be tailored to suit specific needs and requirements.
"Boonham, with her new company ATMA, is one of the foremost exponents of new Bharata Natyam dance."
Luke Jennings, The Observer
"Boonham's contrasting double bill demonstrates how capably she applies a contemporary kinetic intelligence to her background in bharatanatyam... ATMA is a company worth clocking."
Donald Hutera on Siivaloka & Ghatam, Pulse
"Erhebung is a quietly bold work: introspective and poetic, it makes its own rather unique mark on the landscape of modern Indian dance."
Lise Smith on Erhebung, londondance.com