The East-West School of Dance, New York will be touring India during December 2003 and January 2004. Certain select dancers of the institute will be in attendance, Classical Kathak Dancers: Pandit Satya Narayana Charka, Romanee Kalicharran, Rinil Routh, Mayura Casuba, Nisha Mittal, Seema Mittal, Anisha Muni, Jaya Nauth; Ballet Dancer: David Pittenger. They will be performing pieces of the traditional Kathak repertoire; selected scenes from the dance-dramas that the East-West School is notable for; as well as a special presentation of "Who is Who?" a play adapted from the Kena Upanishad presented in the fusion style incorporating classical Kathak, Ballet, and Modern Contemporary dance.
The East-West School of Dance, based in New York, has been a pioneer in promoting Kathak dance and dance dramas in North America since 1981 at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY. Over the past 22 years, the school has been offering regular classes in Kathak dance based on the standards followed in major dance institutions in India . Along with the presentation of recitals and productions all over North America, the school has also sponsored guest artists and master teachers for performances and workshops in both eastern and western traditions.
The troupe will be touring Mumbai from Dec 23 to 26, Hyderabad from Dec 27 to 31, Bangalore from Jan 1 to 5, and New Delhi from Jan 6 to 11 (participating in the NRI Convention, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas) and then returning to New York on Jan 12, 2004. The program is as follows:
Part I: Selected Dances
1) Saraswati Vandana,
2) Shanti Mantra,
3) Raas in Vrindavan, Chodo Chodo Bihari*,
5) A showcase of Talas: Jhaaptal/Dhamar/Teental,
7) Tarana: Nat Bhairavi / Khayal / Chaturang,
Part II: Scenes from Dance Dramas
1) Ramayana: Panchavati-Shurpanaka & Golden Deer
2) Shakuntala: Flower Dance-Gandharva Vivaha & Destiny
3) Gangavataran: Shiva & Ganga-Healing by Ganga & Rejoice
4) Special Fusion Item: "Who is Who?"An adaptation of Kena Upanishad
The "Who's who?" dance-drama is a highly symbolic mythological story of the ego, presented as a multimedia production. This ancient story teaches that every phenomenon of nature is made up of two forces, the universal force of the macrocosm and the individual force of the microcosm.
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