Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2013: Must See Dance Performances And Workshops At The Fest This Year

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Continuing our posts on Highlights of Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2013, here is a look at the key dance performances that you can expect at Kalaghoda festival this year!

Also See:
Cinema At Kalaghoda 2013
Childrens Workshops At Kalaghoda 2013 

Artiste Venue Time Concept
FEB 2nd  SATURDAY
Lezhim Nritya by the Netaji Palkar Vyayamshala, Mumbai. Cross Maidan 5.45 pm – 6.30 pm The energetic young performers of Netaji Palkar Vyayamshala Lezhim patak will inaugurate the festival with their invigorating lezim beats.
“Sannidhanam: inner spaces” A Bharata Natyam performance by Rama Vaidyanathan Cross Maidan 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm A dance interpretation of saint poets hailing from different parts of India who have expressed their love for the divine in various languages, this presentation to live music attempts to bring out the symbolism of their poetry in dance, a wisdom relevant to our modern times.
“Uncharted Seas”: an ensemble Kathak presentation by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company- The Drishtikon Dance Foundation Cross Maidan 8.30 pm -9.45 pm “We look for fixed points, but there are none, either in ourselves or outside in the universe. To live without these fixed points is our challenge.” -J. Krishnamurti
Standing alone, looking out at the distant stars, have we not wondered what is it all about? What lies beyond the realms of the known? What lies beyond what our mind can perceive? What lies hidden in the deep recesses of our heart?
FEB 3rd SUNDAY
 “‘Koormavataaram – The great ancient turtle’: Kutiyattam performance by Kapila Venu, Cross Maidan 7.00 pm- 8.30pm Nangiar Koothu is a female solo performance in the ancient dance-theatre of Kerala form Kutiyattam. Co-choreographed by G. Venu. Live percussion by Kalamandalam Rajeev , Kalamandalam Hariharan- Mizhavu , Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan-Edakka.
FEB 4th MONDAY
 “Janmale Tharanhar”, the birth of Jesus in classical dance  by young disciples of Anjali Bharata Natyam Research Trust. Cross Maidan 6.30 pm- 7.00 pm The talented young performers of Anjali Bharata Natyam Research Trust.will represent the nativity story to live music in Bharata Natyam. Choreography: Lata Surendra.
Upasana presents “Radha Madhavam” an interpretation of Jayadev’s Geeta Govindam choreographed by Jayashree Nair. Cross Maidan 7.15 pm – 7.45 pm A conversation between three characters Krishna, Radha and Sakhi and three dance forms Bharata Natyam, Mohini attam and Kathakali  performed by Sujatha Nair Sanjay, Divya Prashant and Jayashree Vasudevan and troupe.
 “Unleashed”: the journey within, a contemporary dance presentation by Amey Mehta and dancers Cross Maidan 8.00 pm – 8.30 pm.  A series of modern dance piece: “Equal to or not equal to” the constant struggle between male and female , “Survival”, and finally “Circle”, an interpretation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Circles”. Concept and Choreography: Amey Mehta.
“Why so serious?” a foot ball freestyle routine by Baldevsinh Chauhan. Cross Maidan 8.35 pm – 8.50 pm. Baldevsinh Chauhan presents the unique juggling act with props, Football Freestyle.
 “Samantaa”: A Kathak Duet to live music by Shubhi Johari and Amit Khinchi Cross Maidan 9.00 pm -9.45 pm  Samantaa aims to bring the beauty and andaaz from Lucknow and speed and taiyyari from the Jaipur. It is thus an attempt at a dialogue between the two major gharaanas of  Kathak by the young dynamic duo from Delhi.
FEB 5th TUESDAY
Ballet, Funkjazz, Streetjazz and bollywood  performance by Rhythmus HappyFeet Cross Maidan 5.45 – 6.30 pm Energetic performances by young student performers and company artistes of Rhythmus HappyFeet .
“Sangam” an ensemble Bharata Natyam presentation to live music by students of Lata Raman Cross Maidan 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm A confluence of tradition and transition through rhythm and melody performed by Prachi Saathi , Shital Ravi, Aparna Achuthan, Sharanya Ramesh. Choreographed by Lata Raman.
“Raqs Sharqi”:rare and precious, a Belly dance performance by Veve Dance Cross Maidan 8.30 pm -9.45 pm The performance traces the silk route through middle eastern dance and live music, presenting a colourful belly dancing performance along with a final jugalbandi with Indian classical music.
“Bin Bayakancha Tamasha”: a Marathi Lavani performance to live music .choreographed by Anil Vasudevan Cross Maidan 9.00 pm – 10.00 pm  A vibrant lavani performance by an all-male cast popular all over Maharashtra for its uniqueness, having performed over 1000 shows.
FEB 6th WEDNESDAY
“Talking Feet” by the children of The Salaam Bombay Foundation Kathak Academy, choreographed by Anjalie Gupta Cross Maidan 6.15pm -6.45 pm Under the tutelage of Guru Anjalie Gupta, young performers of Salaam Bombay play with rhythms in an Ensemble Kathak presentation
Twins Dance Art Studios present “Stitching Life” a contemporary dance presentation Cross Maidan 7.00 pm – 7.15pm We stitch clothes to make something from nothing, to lengthen or shorten or mend. Similarly in life we stitch and unstitch. We all have a thread attached to us with which we either weave our way into life or get entangled. But sometimes in certain life situations we entangle so strongly that it becomes very hard to untangle. The further you run the knots become tighter … A riveting duet by the multi talented twins.
Nandanik Manipuri Dance Academy  and Malashree, present  “Purbayan” a confluence of Manipuri and Odissi dance forms. Cross Maidan 7.30 pm -8.30 pm  “Purbayan” is based on compositions of Guru Bipin Singh, Ojha Babu Singh and Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra rechoreographed by Poushali Chatterjee & Arpita Venkatesh in a series of presentations including “Mridang Manjira”:  a jugalbandi between Pung Cholom drums played by Manipuri dancers and Manjiras played by the Odissi dancers.
Freak and Stylz presents b-boying Cross Maidan 8.40 pm -8.55 pm  “Freak N Stylz bboying crew (India’s 1st breaking crew),
Kishan Kala Manch present “Folk dances of India” choreographed by Gautam Pawar and Kiran Kakade Cross Maidan 9.15 pm – 10.00 pm  The Kishen Kala Manch present lesser known folk dances like “Karma” [Bihar], “Dani” [Orissa], “Mariamma” [Tamil Nadu] and Yallamma-Jogwa [borders of Karnataka and Maharashtra]
FEB 9th SATURDAY
Surprise flash mob by children of Concern India Foundation Cross Maidan Celebrating the Indomitable human spirit, a Concern India presents a lively performance.
A Mohini Attam presentation by Sunanda Nair and troupe. Cross Maidan 6.00 pm – 6.45 pm Sunanda Nair presents a melange of Nritta [ pure dance ] and Abhinaya [ exxpressive] pieces in theseries of solo and group pieces in the  Mohini Attam Dance style.
Gurukul Chhau Dance Sangam, Delhi presents, “Parampara”an ensemble Mayurbhanj Chhau dance recital. Choreography: Janeme Joy Sai Babu and Rakesh Sai Babu. Cross Maidan 7.00pm -8.00pm  Directed by Janme Joy Sai Babu, this ensemble presentation. Elements of folk, tribal, martial, traditional, classical art have been woven in to the grand mosaic that is Mayurbhanj Chhau.
beej presents a site specific performance: “Charkha”: in continuum…. Cross Maidan 8.05 pm – 8.35 pm  traditions of poetry, art and music for ever in transititon, part of our collective cultural experience expressed through dance- theatre.
Champloo Dance, UK present White Caps, a multimedia dance presentation Cross Maidan 8.45 pm – 9.45 pm Bristol based Champloo is one of UK’s leading B-Boying dance companies founded in 2007 by Wilkie Branson.Integrating lyrical film with explosive breakdance ,”White Caps” is a multimedia experience that follows the journey of two young men as they embark on an epic and gruelling personal adventure.
Created and performed by Branson and Daniel, White Caps is set to a soundtrack by the popular band Type Sun,  known for working with root tradition drums. In  collaboration with a variety of artists including Phil King, Eleanor Rusbridge and DJ Rouge they have create a unique score.
Champloo are coming to India as part of British Council’s Impulse, a season of contemporary dance for UK to be held across India.
FEB 10th SUNDAY
Cats: a contemporary dance production Cross Maidan 5.50 pm -6.15pm
Malla Khamb recital by Mihir Khedekar and troupe. Cross Maidan 6.30 pm-6.50pm Award winning Malla Khamb troupe will present a series of acrobatic
Jazz Funk – A SSDA Company Performance Cross Maidan 7.00 pm -7.20 pm Split Sole Dance Academy presents ‘Show Off Mumbai!!’, a dance tribute to the city which is made up of different people just like our signature dance style (an amalgamation of Jazz techniques and styling of Hip-Hop) at SSDA.
Ishara Puppet Theatre led by Dadi Padamjee present “Simple Dreams” Cross Maidan 7.30 pm -8.30 pm  “To see a world in a grain of sand/ And a heaven in a wild flower,/Hold infinity in the palm of your hand/ And eternity in an hour.” -William BlakeWith “Simple Dreams” Ishara returns to the essence of puppetry and imagination. Where the puppeteer creates celebratory images with simple objects and movement. Music as always plays an important role in this non-verbal visual poem on nature and life.
The performance ; an interplay of animation of objects and dance creates vivid images of nature, birds, fishes, animals , human beings and the cycle of life  ;created with sticks , umbrellas and dance.
“Ananya”- New directions in Odissi Dance by Madhavi Mudgal and dancers. Cross Maidan 8. 45 pm – 10.00 pm “Ananya” explores new directions inherent in the classical idiom of Odissi dance, a tradition in transit.A series of group choreographies By Madhavi Mugal performed along with Arushi Mudgal, Shalakha Rai, Shamayita Das,Swapnarani Rath, Shobha Bisht, Prerna Agarwal and Deepika Bisht.

Please note while these have been scheduled, all schedules are subject to change.

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