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Chennai to host one day workshop on "Parkour" French dance form
A one-day free workshop will be organised in Chennai on January 7, 2016, for the city youth, performers, dance teachers, theatre directors and other interested people by the UK-based dance company called Urban Playground.

"Parkour is a form of dance, and a style of movement, that involves creating and channelling physical momentum, and interacting with one's physical environment, including furniture," informs, Dr. Eric Miller, the director of the International Institute of Storytelling based in Chennai saying that Parkour could be very useful for storytelling and theater in education.

According to the organisers of the workshop, the Urban Playground Team are the original performance-Parkour company that is combining authentic French free-running with dance and physical theatre as physical art. It tours extensively both nationally and internationally for clients including the British Council and teaching institutions wherever they go.

It is said that Parkour provides a new perspective to physical environment to develop the potentialities for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features.

Parkour was developed in France, primarily by Raymond Belle, and further by his son David Belle and his group of friends, the self-styled Yamakasi, during the late 1980s.

However, as a discipline, it has been popularized through films, documentaries, and advertisements and live performance at international events. Further, academic research on Parkour suggests that this physical art form can be an effective way of interacting with the urban environment.

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