BYU PERFORMING ARTS SERIES PRESENTS
NRITYAGRAM DANCE ENSEMBLE
“Nrityagram is the best Indian classical company to come to this area in a long time. It’s confident. It’s cutting edge. It’s a winner!”
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Regarded worldwide as one of India’s foremost dance companies, Nrityagram’s acclaim stems from its ability to create and communicate powerful imagery and captivating movement through Odissi dance and live music. Samhara
, a collaboration with Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company, explores the meeting point between the Odissi and Kandyan dance techniques.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
At Nrityagram dance village, dance is a way of life. Following an impossible dream, the founder, Protima Gauri–an exquisite Odissi dancer herself–converted ten acres of farmland into an ideal setting for the study, practice and teaching of classical dance. Reminiscent of ancient ashrams where gurus imparted not only technique but also a philosophy of being, it is a creative space where dancers, musicians and choreographers live together, sharing their skills and developing their art. The dancers study yoga, meditation, the martial arts as well as Sanskrit, mythology, and literature.
Choreographers, movement specialists, sculptors, painters, writers, musicians and theatre people from all over the world frequently visit the village to perform and give workshops and seminars on their art.
Since 1996, the year of their life-changing New York debut, Nrityagram has toured the U.S. annually. They have performed sold-out shows from New York to Hawaii and Bozeman, MT, to Key West, FL. In 2003 and 2004, the group’s soloists were invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (at Dance Base–National Center for Dance). In addition, the ensemble has performed in Denmark, Holland, Portugal, the Middle-east, Singapore, Japan, and more.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
$19 ($7 off with BYU or student ID, $3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)