Join the Navarasa Dance Theater in their World Debut of “Encounter”: an Artful Marriage of Contemporary Dance and Drama: September 24 – Ocotber 2nd, Friday & Saturday Evenings (8:00 – 9:45 p.m.)
I just love these multi-dimensional productions, and the world premier of Encounter as presented by the Navarasa Dance Theater looks to be quite intriguing and entertaining indeed. This dramatic showcase of contemporary Indian dance is the creation of world renown artists Apara Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda, and S. M. Raju, also lead dancer in the production. Follow the anguished struggles of an indigenous Bengali woman as she “encounters” the various social injustices which plague her existence and subsequently marvel in the development of her strengthening character as she survives each one. The story unfolds in the form of poems by the Sufi poet Kabir and the bhakta Akka Mahadevi, songs by reggae legend Bob Marley, and stories by the writer Mahasweta Devi. Performed to live singing and drumming, the accompanying choreography is heavily characterized by modern Indian dance moves, yoga, and the martial art form of Kalari ppayatto.
Founded in India in 1991, the Navarasa Dance Theater has been touring internationally, presenting to audiences its unique interpretation of dance theater which is a combination of numerous performance elements including Indian dance (classical, traditional, and contemporary), world music, martial arts (Kalari ppayatto), theater, storytelling, aerial movements, and yoga. Aparna Sindhoor and his cohorts, Anil Natyaveda, and S. M. Raju continue to create thoroughly innovative, leading edge, emotionally gripping masterpieces which often attract sell-out crowds. Even though each show presents choreography which is highly intricate, they all manage to successfully capture audiences world-wide with their universal appeal. This is due in part to the themes around which they are centered that portray common every day life circumstances to which we can all relate. I can personally attest to Sindhoor’s mastery as I had the fortune of attending a performance of the Aparna Sindoor Dance Theater (see previous post) here in Boston last year at Warren Sender’s world-benefit concert Playing for the Planet. So, if you have the fortune of attending this Boston performance of the Navarasa Dance Theater, I guarantee you that you will be treated to a once in a life time showtime experience that should easily keep you happily engaged and entertained from beginning to end.
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