Concept & Choreography: Uma Suresh
A traditional Bharathanatyam presentation highlighting the brisk vigor, geometry and precision of pure dance (nritta) as well as the intense expression (abhinaya) aspects of the style to reveal the colorful and rich world of Indian story-telling.
“Ganeshanjali” (Adi Thalam)
This invocatory dance, set against the backdrop of a traditional southern Indian temple, pays homage to the elephant headed Lord Ganesha who is worshipped as the remover of obstacles and the God of beginnings. The Lord appears with the light of the first dawn, in the form of Nritya Ganapati or the Dancing Lord, waving and whirling his trunk joyously.
“Dasavatharam – Varnam” (Ragamalika – Adi Thalam)
The pièce de résistance of the Bharathanayam repertoire, varnam literally means color and is saturated with floods of dance sequences blended with passages of song interpretations dedicated to the ten documented incarnations or avatars of Lord Vishnu. “Whenever law and order is endangered in this world, I incarnate to protect the good and to destroy the evil of the society”. – Sri Krishna, Bhagavad Gita
“Shirdi Sai Kirtan”
This dance pays tribute to Shirdi Sai Baba the divine saint of the 19th century. Known for his teachings of love, forgiveness, charity, patience and devotion to God and Guru, the many miracles that manifested through Baba drew people from their misled pursuits after earthly objects and inspired them to strive for self-realization. Sai Baba continued his glorious work until the last moment of his human embodiment in Shirdi. Performed in the traditional bhajan style with the dancer seated on the floor, guest artist Sumanth Suresh who has Downsyndrome will give percussion accompaniment on the tabla.
Choreography: Wendy Dahl & Adam Braun
“Synergy – To The Sounds of the Native American Flute”- AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of acrobatics to form a practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. The highest aim is to bring individuals into a state of union with themselves, with each other, and with the divine. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, celebrated and shared for the benefit of all.
Concept & Choreography: Priya Narthakii
In this multi-media presentation, mythical creatures are summoned from an original mystical totem to re-discover the unity of mankind. With music inspired by both nature’s elements and mankind’s universal heartbeat, we take you into the coastal coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest to experience a global journey told through the storytelling and art styles of the indigenous Haida Native American tribes and portrayed through an avant-garde style of dance grounded in Bharathanatyam principles.
Illuminated by the crimson NagaMani upon his forehead, Naga is the half-serpent, half-human Creature-Spirit from India. Summoned not only to honor Earth but also to remind humans of the subtle balance between nature and mankind, Naga sways and slithers through his Underworld and Earth moving boldly and curiously.
Phoenix is the glorious firebird Creature-Spirit of Arabia. Summoned to honor Fire, Phoenix dies and is born again of Fire and lives for 1,000 years with its unusual song, shimmering wings and flaming flight.
Gaurda is the half-man, half-eagle Creature-Spirit from Thailand. Summoned to honor Wind, Garuda takes flight above the clouds, flapping his wings powerfully to command thunder and rain.
Baku the dream eater is an amalgamated Creature-Spirit from Japan with the body and head of the tapir, trunk of the elephant, tail of the cow and paws of the tiger. Summoned to honor Water, Baku battles the evil spirits of the subconscious with stealth and courage and restores thoughts of peace and harmony.
(Choreography – Uma Suresh & Priya Narthakii)
Spirit Flower has one thousand petals and blooms across the Earth to reveal a message of unity. Summoned to honor Space, Spirit Flower is set upon the Earth to remind mankind of its kinship with the natural world, with each other and of our common destinies. She blossoms to reveal herself as the jubilant symbol of the Highest Spiritual Wisdom.