Rakesh Sukesh

Contemporary for Dancers

12:00–13:30 Class
14:00–15:30 Going Deeper Workshop

Training for Dancers


Rakesh started his career as a Bollywood dancer with a Dance company in kerala- India. During this period he worked in several films as a dancer and assistant choreographer. In 2003 he joined Attakkalari centre for Movement Arts, A contemporary dance company in Bangalore. As a part of the company, Rakesh have performed at various national and international venues, He had the privilege to perform at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi in 2008 for the presidents of India, South Africa and Brazil. With the company, he has been part of 3 major productions under the direction of ayachandran Palazy (Artistic Director and Choreographer of Attakkalari). As part of the companies training method Rakesh got introduced to a martial art form called Kalaripayatt. Since 2009, Rakesh has been working as an independent artist. Between July and August 2009, he participated in the Apprenticeship Program with Magpie Umbrella Organization under the Direction of Katie Duck (Artistic Director, Teacher and performer) in Amsterdam. After which he has been invited several time to perform with Magpie. Rakesh is developing a contemporary movement method called Payatt INtransit using kalarippayattu and contemporary movement techniques, yoga and Energy works. Rakesh has been invited to teach Payatt INtransit in many prestigious spaces like, Sidi larbi’s company, Ultimavez, Impluz Tanz vienna, Deltebre Danza Spain, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Colombo dance factory Zurich, Dancentrumjette Brussels, University of Costa Rica, SEAD Salzburg, Bremen theatre and many more professional dance organisations in Europe and Asia. Since past 5 years Rakesh is working between India and Europe and since 2013 he has been living in Zurich as Swiss resident and works as performer/teacher/choreographer, with many companies and artists.

Class description

Payatt INtransit is a contemporary movement technique primarily inspired by the ancient South Indian martial art form Kalaripayattu, combined with contemporary dance movement techniques. Kalaripayattu is one of the most ancient martial art forms on earth, it’s roots dating back almost 2000 years, and is by many referred to as the mother of all martial arts. In ancient times warriors used this form to win battles over many powerful kingdoms. It has also significantly influenced other famous martial art practices such as Kung Fu and Karate, amongst others. Many of the physical theatre practitioners from India and from the West have discovered and learnt the Kalaripayattu routines, recognizing it to be an extremely efficient and powerful practice to train the body, mind and spirit. To push the boundaries of physical abilities, the great masters tried to absorb the habitual behavior of wild animals, to understand their self defense and attacking methods, and tried to use the essence of these strategies to develop the form of Kalaripayattu. Payatt INtransit blends the highly sophisticated martial art form Kalaripayattu with contemporary dance methods, with its own history and understanding of the body and its movements. Payatt INtransit technique trains the practitioners in a safe, organic and yet rigorous way to push the limits of one’s physical and mental abilities, to become more confident, spontaneous, creative, flexible, powerful, calm (internally and externally) and quick to respond if needed. It enriches your adaptability to unexpected situations and helps you make smarter and more efficient choices. The purpose of this method is also to break the borders between styles of movement. Instead of thinking of dance and martial art as different ideas, Payatt INtransit perceives them as one.