“A blaze of glory. Khan’s striking, beautiful lament is an extraordinary way to wind down a solo dance career.”
—Time Out (London)
A Cal Performances Co-commission
British (by Bangladeshi descent) dancer/choreographer Akram Khan is revered for physically demanding, visually spellbinding solo productions which combine Indian kathak with modern dance in works of sublime storytelling. Seen here in an exclusive West Coast engagement, XENOS is Khan’s final solo creation before his planned retirement from solo performance. A powerful work that reveals the beauty and horrors of the human condition through the myth of Prometheus, it is told from the perspective of an Indian soldier recruited to fight in the trenches of World War I for the British Crown. “Xenos” means “stranger” or “alien” in Greek, and Khan’s work bravely explores the soldier’s alienation as he is trapped between two cultures in the colonial system. Performed with live musical accompaniment. “A work of incredible potency, of emotional and cultural depth that sings and surges with the confidence of an artist at the peak of his powers” (The Stage, London).
Approximate run time: 65 minutes, without intermission
Nina Harries, double bass and vocals
BC Manjunath, percussion and konnakol
Tamar Osborn, baritone saxophone
Aditya Prakash, vocals
Clarice Rarity, violin
Commissioned by 14-18 NOW : WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Co-produced by Onassis Cultural Centre — Athens, The Grange Festival Hampshire, Sadler’s Wells London, New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, National Arts Centre Ottawa, The Center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF), Centro Cultural de Belém, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Grec 2018 Festival de Barcelona, HELLERAU — European Center for the Arts Dresden, Tanz Köln, Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Julidans Amsterdam, Canadian Stage Toronto, Romaeuropa Festival, Torinodanza festival/Teatro Stabile di Torino — Teatro Nazionale, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts New York, Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, Danse Danse Montreal, Curve Leicester.
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SINDHOOR & NATYAVEDA – Navarasa Dance Theater’s (www.navarasa.org) performing arts schools in the U.S. and India offer classes in Bharatanatyam classical dance, Kalari ppayattu martial arts, Yoga and other forms in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area, CA, and online. Navarasa’s Dance for Everyone program provides free training in India and the US to make the arts accessible to all. Co-directors Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda have been teaching for over 20 years in India, the U.S. and Canada. Navarasa believes that the arts are essential for all. Classes are offered to people of all ages, abilities and experience.
Navarasa has a wide repertoire of solo and group works in classical and contemporary dance theater that has been touring internationally for over 25 years. Inspired by Indian classical and folk dance forms, diverse theater traditions, world music, martial arts (Kalari ppayattu), aerial dance, yoga, live singing and storytelling, Navarasa’s work is a dynamic, radical, and original style of dance theater.
Bharatanatyam: Guru Dr. Aparna Sindhoor has been dancing for more than 35 years. She trained with legendary teacher Dr. K. Venkatalakshamma in the Mysore-style Bharatanatyam and with Lalitha Srinivasan. Mysore style developed under the patronage of the Wodeyer kings. Beautiful rhythm work, lyrical grace, extraordinary abhinaya and musicality are some of the salient aspects of this style. Guru Aparna Sindhoor has a PhD in Dance from Boston University.
Kalari ppayattu Martial Arts: Guru Anil Natyaveda, a native of Kerala, India, trained under gurus Chellappan Aasan, Govindan Kutti Gurukal, and Babu Raj Gurukal. He has been practicing Kalari for over 35 years. Kalari ppayattu is considered one of the oldest martial arts in the world. The form teaches a way of life that is holistic and introspective; training is beneficial to develop strength, flexibility, confidence, focus, and a healthy mind/body.
Yoga & Meditation: Guru Dr. Aparna Sindhoor, from Mysore, India, has trained in Yoga and Indian spiritual and philosophical practices for over 25 years, at the Ramana Gnyana Kendra in Mysore, and in the U.S., through yoga teacher training in Boston and Pranayama training with Dr. Srivalli.
School of Kathak Dance was established by the talented Anuradha Nag in 1992. The name was coined by the illustrious doyen of Kathak, Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. Tarangini aims to contribute to the training of current & future generations in the field of Kathak and keeping them informed about the rich cultural heritage of India. Based in San Jose, CA, Tarangini School of Kathak Dance strives to achieve its mission, as follows:
Teaching and promoting the knowledge and awareness of the North Indian classical dance form known as Kathak.
Creating international interest in the community through multicultural stage and television programs for various organizations and educational institutions.
Providing learning opportunities for talented and /or low- income students through free tuition.
Sponsoring visiting dancers and accompanying musicians through performances and workshops (artist in resident programs) to preserve and expose the heritage of the dance form.
To give the students self confidence, exposure through stage appearances and also be able to give them the opportunity to perform with live musicians just like one would in India.
Students are taught how to teach and pass on this rich heritage to the newer generations in order to preserve the art form and also given teaching opportunities.
Offering Kathak dance as an outlet for creative self expression for all ages.
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