Dance forms don't conform to a geographical border. A good thing too, if they
didn't travel at all, many of them wouldn't even survive.
A dance school in New York has been doing its bit to teach kathak (which translates
to 'story-telling) the way it's meant to be learnt. And the East-West School of
Dance, New York, together with its students and best performers, will be touring
India during December 2003 and January 2004. The performance will present a fusion
style incorporating classical kathak, ballet, and modern contemporary dance.
The East-West School of Dance has been teaching Kathak dance and dance dramas
for over two decades, and on their tour of India this year they will also perform
at the much-publicised Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Delhi.
Apart from the ballets there will also be a dance-drama, Who's Who? 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.
The schedule 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
Please contact the Indo-American Cultural Association at 2761-2792 for further