Devi: Mystic Goddess Holds Two Showings

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Devi: Mystic Goddess is a classical Odissi dance performance that will show in Berkeley and Davis. The program focuses “not only on the mythological goddess, but the energy of Shiva, who has the power to create,” says Jyoti Rout, founder and director of the Jyoti Kala Mandir College of Indian Classical Arts, located in Berkeley. “We are doing very old pieces, accompanied by drummers from Orissa, India.”

Goddess Durga will dance with a different weapon in each of her 10 arms. These weapons, gifted to the goddess by various other gods, served as Rout’s inspiration. “As I thought about the piece on Devi, I conceived of the idea of creating a dance-drama about the 10 weapons the Goddess holds,” Rout says. “In this piece each weapon will manifest as a character and then merge back into Devi.

“My offering to you is … an experience,” she writes. “The musicians will sing for the goddess, we will dance for the goddess, and you will see her come to alive.”

Performed by an ensemble of about 25 dancers, the show will run around 90 minutes.

“Our performance is something that is unique; it’s not commonly done,” Rout says in an interview. “It’s going to be a very powerful evening, artistically exciting and spiritually exciting.”

Saturday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. IPA Theater, Davis High School, 315 W. 14 St., Davis.

Sunday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. $15 advance ($12 students, seniors); $18 at the door ($15 students, seniors). (510) 486-9851. [email protected] www.jyotikalamandir.org

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