Excerpts of our two newest works are posted in our GALLERY! Check them!
1- AMALAGAM -the newest work by flamenco dancer Esmeralda Enrique and kathak dancer Joanna de Souza -with stellar musicians Ian de Souza, Maryem Hassan-Tollar, Caroline Plante and Santosh Naidu
Many thanks to the Toronto Arts Council
2-BARDO, our largest collaboration to date, which toured India in January/February 2018!
Many thanks to Canada Council for the Arts
Simply click on our Gallery button and enjoy!
CHHANDAM DANCE COMPANY and FADADANCE tour BARDO in India January 25- Februrary 10, 2018
“they fearlessly absorb, synthesize and create new forms of age old traditions”
The Tibetan Buddhist term “bardo” signifies the liminal state between death and rebirth, or between two lives on earth. Like the many faces, and one heart of the Canadian identity, BARDO’s choreography mirrors Canada’s syncretic culture by using the vocabulary of two distinct dance forms, kathak and contemporary, harnessing their similarities and contrasting differences as a catalyst for freedom, possibility of form, and powerful stimulus for new movement.
2018 India Dates:
January 26- NCPA Experimental Theatre, Mumbai
January 31, Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
February 2, Seva Sadan, Bangalore
February 5, Goa University, Panaji
February 10, G.D.Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata
RETREAT DATES: January 14- January 21
(check out January 22)
Registration will close for DANCE MALA December 1
RETREAT PROGRAM FEE $650 CDN (including taxes) **See daily program below
ACCOMODATION FEE INCLUDES:
FULL CABIN : Rs 12, 500 – based on double occupancy- (Rs 6250/person) *single/ a few triple occupancy also available
-Airport Pickup and Drop off
-3 Full meals/day (Veg/ non-veg/ Vegan)
-3 Snacks/day and unlimited coffee/tea/beverages
-Use of full facilities (includes Swimming Pool, Dance space, Beautiful gardens
-Conference Room facilities – air conditioned and spacious with Sound & Projector Screening
-PRIVATE BEACH on site for swimming/walking/amazing sunsets
ACCOMODATION FEE DUE BY NOVEMBER 20, 2017
AIRFARE/ Travel Visas not included: Retreat dates chosen to allow for post Christmas/New Year flight fare reductions – Down from peak season-
** Each day will focus on 1/2 day kathak and 1/2 day contemporary programs. Morning and afternoon sessions will flip each day
EVERYDAY -early morning yoga /warm up (45 minutes 7:00-7:45 AM) -OPTIONAL
ALTERNATE DAYS footwork practise OR contemporary warm up and floor work (1.5 hrs 8:00-9:30 AM)
ALTERNATE DAYS- kathak compositional work OR contemporary compositional work (2.5 hrs 10:30 AM- 1 PM)
**Kathak footwork and compositional work will be given at intermediate and senior levels
LUNCH – rest/break/swimming/off site shopping ( 1 pm – 4 pm)
ALTERNATE DAYS- Kathak abhinaya-dramatic expression-Contemporary choreography
AND/OR Joint Kathak/Contemporary Choreography exploration (2.0 hrs 4 PM-6PM)
DINNER: (7:30 PM)
EVENING RHYTHM/RECITATION/THEORY/DISCUSSION SESSIONS
for registration and more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4th biennial India kathak/dance Retreat
experience beauty, joy, creativity and focus
on the banks of the Arabian sea
experience daily practise, refinement, personal evolution
in a stunning retreat setting
experience integrated dance disciplines
history and culture informing art
art informing community
Joanna de Souza – Kathak dance
Misty Wensel – Contemporary dance
Location: Stone Water Eco Resort, Vasco, Goa
Dates: January 14-21, 2018
Dance Mala 1 Retreat 2018 Video
With the worst of winter behind us, it is very exciting to start fresh with spring kathak classes.
More light in the evening sky, eventually some budding of the trees and plants waking up to a new season of growth. It is really the same for we humans. Feeling more inspired by potentials, all of us at M-DO/KathakToronto are excited for our new spring term. In Scarborough it begins Saturday March 4th, downtown Toronto begins Monday March 6th, and Brampton continues with its Winter term through March 25th, bringing a new spring term starting April 1st ( and we are NOT fooling!)
2016 marked 25 years of M-DO/KathakToronto offering kathak dance classes locally, nationally and internationally. On Saturday December 10th, students from our three GTA locations, Toronto, Scarborough and Brampton, came together in an afternoon celebration of the incredible art of kathak. From traditional invocations, to abstract (nritt) within a variety of rhythms, to narrative stories of Radha, Krishna (natyam), and even a contemporary telling of Red Riding Hood, original Canadian-made music elevated the innovative choreography we have become known for to new heights! A fantastic time was had by all, from the dancers on stage to our sold out audience! Thanks to all who made it out, thanks to our volunteers, who made the afternoon flow effortlessly, and to the staff at the York Woods Library Theatre.
In June 2016, funding from the Ontario Arts Council made it possible to for M-DO/CHHANDAM Dance Company and FadaDance from Regina Saskatchewan to expand on their long-term creative relationship through a six-day intensive in Toronto. Guided by an interest in nurturing new artistic associations within Canada and extending the international boundaries of each other’s work, seven Chhandam dancers and the three primaries from FadaDance came together for tentative exploration. Here, the companies cemented a strong creative bond and sowed the seeds of a full-scale collaboration and the development of Finite. On October 2, 2016 we shared an in-studio showing of this work in progress, as the Array Space in Toronto. This developing new full evening work, will allow dancers to take their curiosity to the next level, creating a style of presentation that is neither contemporary or kathak. They are developing a new physical expression that is relevant, powerful, and accessible to contemporary art makers and viewers across the world; a global dance vocabulary.