[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] This Thursday @7pm: Darpana - Reflections of the Divine

donia salem dancingodissi at gmail.com
Tue May 16 08:31:03 EDT 2017

Dearest Community,
Hoping you can make it to our performance this Thursday. Details follow
With gratitude,
donia salem

**Darpana: Reflections of the Divine**
Performance by Sakshi Productions and Sattriya Dance Company

Darpana/mirrors are portals to ourselves, spaces of reflection and
replication, sources of light, witness to our experiences, and momentary
holders of our ethereal spirits.

>From a heart-opening backbend in deference to Surya, the sun god, to an
invocation to the elusive Krishna, join these dancing storytellers for an
evening of dynamic rhythm, movement, gesture, and heart. Featuring the
virtuosic performance of award-winning dancer Rahul Acharya.

A neo-classical form with deep devotional roots, Odissi dance is known for
its percussive footwork paired with curving movements and sculpturesque
poses. Sattriya is a 600 year-old living dance tradition from the Vaishnava
monasteries of East India.

Thursday, May 18th @7pm
Venue: Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine St., Philadelphia
Tickets: General Admission $20, Students & Seniors $10

*About Guest Artist Rahul Acharya:*Rahul Acharya’s performances are
treasured the world over for their beauty, artistry, technical skill, and
the spiritual force with which they are imbued. Immersed in the rich
culture of Odissi and its devotional roots since early childhood, Mr.
Acharya has cultivated a deep and dynamic approach to the dance form. Brian
Seibert of the NY Times notes, “Mr. Acharya’s control is amazing, and as he
molded himself with no sense of strain into some of the most acrobatic
poses of the god Shiva, he cast a spell.” Renowned dance critic, Alistar
MacCaulay writes, “Mr. Acharya's refined sculptural firmness, complex
gestural eloquence, subtle musical phrasing and articulate grace are enough
to extend most ideas of masculinity...he connects virility to virtuoso

Dancer, choreographer, and scholar, Rahul Acharya was the 2014 recipient of
the Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Award. In 2013 he received the Ram Gopal
Award for Best Male Solo Dancer from the Dance History Society of India.
Mr. Acharya became the first male Odissi dancer honored by the Sangeet
Natak Akademi with the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award in 2009.
Internationally renowned as a virtuosic artist, he has performed as a
soloist on many of the most celebrated stages around the globe. Rahul is
part of UNESCO's International Dance Council. His dance is inspired by his
teacher, Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, and the late Guru Debaprasad Das. For
more on Rahul, please visit RahulAcharya.com.

*Sakshi Productions* (501c3) is a neo-classical Odissi and contemporary
dance company. Using a gestural dance vocabulary and Indian movement
practices, Sakshi performances inhabit dancing bodies, personal histories,
vocal intonations, evocative images and live percussion. Sakshi Productions
was founded by Kakoli Mukherjee and Nandini Sikand in 2008. They have
performed at many notable venues, including Lincoln Center, Joyce Soho, the
United Nations, Danny Kaye Playhouse, Alvin Ailey Theater, Hunter College,
The Painted Bride, The Sheen Center Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pace
University, John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York.
Their work has been funded by the LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council),
the Asian American Arts Alliance and Joyce Soho.www.sakshiproductions.org

*Sattriya Dance Company* is a Philadelphia-based dance company with a
mission to promote Sattriya, a 600-year-old dance from the Vaishnavite
monasteries of Northeast India. Sattriya is a living art form, preserved
and practiced by celibate monks in the river island of Majuli. The dance
was not accessible to women for centuries. In 2000, the Indian Government
recognized Sattriya as one of the country's major dance forms.

Sattriya Dance Company was launched in 2009 with a mission to tell the
story of Sattriya and raise awareness about Majuli and the sattras
(monasteries) through performances, lecture demonstrations and classes. The
company's artistic directors are Madhusmita Bora and Prerona Bhuyan.

donia salem
dancingodissi at gmail.com
www.RahulAcharya.com <http://www.rahulacharya.com/>

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