Prana is a Sanskrit word for life force or energy. Prana Paint & Flow is a unique sensitizing approach developed by Indian choreographer Ashley Lobo to explore movement through connectivity, yoga, breath and touch to help the dancer go deeper within. Sensitizing the dancer’s awareness to breathe and sensation becomes the focal point of the technique, and instrumental in allowing movement or dance to appear.
Various exercises from meditations to experiential exercises with all surfaces from floor to air to skin are used to get the dancer closer to accepting themselves fully and activate Prana flow. This approach encourages the individual to allow movement so that the body can create its own art, something that is unique and personal. The key in Prana Paint & Flow™ is to listen to the body rather than tell it, to allow rather than to create.
He chose to be busy with Bollywood dance direction and organizing international dance shows representing India, and has not been a judge for many reality shows, though was one of the three judges for India’s Dancing Superstar on Star Plus. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of The DanceworX Performing Arts Academy, having more than 15 workshops and huge dance training schools in Delhi and Mumbai with over 3000 learners at a time.
Ashley is one of India’s top Bollywood choreographers having choreographed over 25 hit films with actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan to name a few.
Ashley is the artistic director of The Danceworx Academy & Navdhara India Dance Theatre, two of India’s top dance institutions, whose productions of Amaara – A Journey of Love and A Passage to Bollywood successfully toured the US, China, Germany, Canada, Israel and many other countries receiving standing ovations all around.
Ashley has developed the Prana Paint™ technique – a unique sensitizing approach that explores movement through connectivity, yoga, breath and touch. He has been invited to teach this unique technique at educational institutions like the Joffrey Ballet and contemporary dance companies like the Inbal Dance Theatre Company. His Prana Paint™ technique attracts numerous international dance students to come and explore their artistry at his studio in Mumbai, India. This unique approach has put Ashley on the International radar and has led to him being invited as a guest choreographer to create a full-length International contemporary dance production by The Ballet Chemnitz in Germany. This production will premiere in Chemnitz, Germany, in November 2017.
Ashley has choreographed extensively for stage and cinema with over 25 feature films and many stage productions. Both in film and theatre, he is known for producing work with a uniquely strong sense of connection, which he has developed through his Prana Paint technique.
Ashley has choreographed in films like: Jab Harry Met Sejal (Director Imtiaz Ali); Raabta ( Director Dinesh Vijan ); Tamasha (Director Imtiaz Ali); Bombay Velvet (Director Anurag Kashyap); Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (Director Arif Ali); Highway (Director Imtiaz Ali); One by Two (Director Devika Bhagat); Boss (Director Anthony D’Souza); Cocktail (Director Homi Adajania); Rockstar (Director Imtiaz Ali); Guzaarish (Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali); No One Killed Jessica (Director Raj Kumar Gupta); Aisha (Director Rajshree Ojha); Teen Patti (Director Leena Yadav); Blue (Director Anthony D’Souza); Love Aaj Kal (Director Imtiaz Ali); U Me Aur Hum (Director Ajay Devgan); Jab We Met (Director Imtiaz Ali); No Smoking (Director Anurag Kashyap); Ahista Ahista (Director Shivam Nair); Namastey London (Director Vipul Shah); Socha Na Tha (Director Imtiaz Ali); Dhoom (Director Sanjay Gadhvi);Parched (director Leena Yadav); In Othello (Director Roysten Abel).