[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] New Adult Odissi Class at Sound Space

Eliza Leighton eliza at soundspacephilly.net
Tue Jun 27 20:32:24 EDT 2017

Thursdays 6 - 7:30pm @ Sound Space
2511 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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

Our Odissi classes are open to all levels.

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.
Watch donia perform Odissi here <https://www.soundspacephilly.net/odissi>

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