[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] October Odissi classes at Sound Space Philly

Pamela Hetherington pamelamh4 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 13:34:27 EDT 2016

Join us for our first Odissi class this Wednesday with donia salem
<http://www.soundspacephilly.net/instructors>!  Open to all levels. For
more information, check out soundspacephilly.net.

Odissi, known for its percussive footwork paired with curving movements and
sculpturesque poses, is one of the neo-classical dances of India.
Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of the form, including
mudras, the hand gestures that are used extensively in Indian dance.
History and cultural context will be discussed as well. We will dance

About the instructor:

donia salem is a student of acclaimed Odissi Guru, Durga Charan Ranbir, and
works closely with the virtuosic Rahul Acharya. Performances include Princeton
University, Bard College, Kansas University, The FlynnSpace, Hatch with
Birds on a Wire Dance Theater, The Sheen Center, Alvin Ailey, The Painted
Bride, and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts – with Rajika Puri
as part of WMI's *Dancing The Gods* series. In addition to being a
principal dancer and choreographer with Sakshi Productions – a neoclassical
Odissi dance company, salem co-directs The Outlet Dance Project – an annual
festival of women choreographers and filmmakers; is part of the Brown Girl
in the Ring Collective, and was a founding member of Kalamandir Dance
Company. In 2016 she was awarded a residency with Philadelphia-based arts
organization, Swim Pony. Her written work can be found in Sukoon
Magazine. donia's
work is driven by a desire to investigate how identity and experience are
informed by place, language, lineage, migration, history, family, and
gender. Exploring points of intersection, shared existential borders, and
the metaphoric, allegoric, and choreographic embodiment of transitions
between traditions inspires and informs her life and practices. donia has
her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.

*Pamela Hetherington <http://www.pamelahetherington.net>*

*Dancer, choreographer, educator, director*
Artistic Director, Take It Away Dance <http://www.takeitawaydance.com>
Owner, Sound Space Philly <http://www.soundspacephilly.net>
1525 North Bailey Street, 1st Floor (until 10/31/16)
2511 West Girard Avenue, 2nd Floor (as of 11/1/16)
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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