Niharika Senapati is a freelance dance artist based in Melbourne. Since 2012, Niharika has been performing with Chunky Move, working closely with the company’s artistic director Anouk van Dijk as a dancer and choreographic assistant. She has performed in their works, some including ‘An Act of Now’ (2017 & 2012) ‘Anti—Gravity’ (2017), ’Rule of Thirds’ (2016) and ’Depth of Field’ (2017 & 2015), and been Choreographic Assistant for ‘Safe Places’ (Schauspiel Frankfurt, 2016) and ‘Complexity of Belonging’ (MTC, 2013).
Alongside this, Niharika has also been working as a dancer, actor and musician for many other artists including the Belarus Free Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Ian Strange, Ho Tzu Nyen, Lucy Guerin, HTRK, James Bachelor, Jessica Arthur, Rachel Arianne Ogle and Emma Fishwick. Amongst performing, Niharika also creates her own artistic work, creating movement, sound and text, intersecting different disciplines, to direct a holistic experience for her audiences.
Her latest performance work includes ‘IMAGINATION/VACATION’ (SIGNAL, 2017) and ‘Follow Your Dreams: An inspirational speech’ “(WiChiChi, No Vacancy, 2017). Her research is in environments, body processes, language and kinetic exchange. Niharika is also passionate about her teaching practice and continues to teach and perform locally and worldwide, having taught classes and workshops in Melbourne, America, India and Germany.
What to expect from Niharika's classes
Niharika is a certified teacher of Countertechnique: Countertechnique is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.
By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique allows the moving dancer to work with an ever changing dynamic balance. This dynamic balance reduces the pressure on the overall body structure and can be changed at any given moment. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the Countertechnique class.
“Countertechnique allows me to discover more possibilities constantly, whilst giving me practical and helpful tools to keep me interested and independent in that process. Dancing continues to be a joyful exploration, where failure, fear and pain are removed from the situation, and replaced with choice. There is less pressure on my whole self, and more freedom to direct energy into exploring and playing." Niharika Senapati