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Angikam 2021 on-line seminar in kathak and choreography

From September 15th-19th, 2021, Arzoo Dance Theatre and M-DO/KathakToronto are joining forces once again in presenting this amazing learning opportunity for kathak dancers and emerging to mid-career choreographers.
Working with master mentors Maulik Shah (Ahmedabad, India), and
Misty Wensel (Regina, Sask), dancer/creators will have the rare chance to deepen their practise from the perspectives of tradition to contemporary and contemporary to tradition.
Space is limited and attendance will be based on dance experience, so apply soon to ensure your spot!

We also invite kathak choreographers with works in progress to apply to our Choreographer’s Voice showcase afternoon sessions September 18-19.
VISIT : http://arzoodancetheatre.com/angikam/ for all information and registration.
Seminar costs: $75 CDN
Please make payments to payment4kathak@gmail.com

Generously Funded in part by the Toronto Arts Council and the
Ontario Arts Council


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  1. Neha kushwah says:

    I want to know more about it ..I am diploma holder in kathak from pracheen kala Kendra and keen to learn and choreograph both .
    Please help me with more details

    • Joanna De Souza says:

      Hi Neha, thanks for yoor interest. I apologize for not seeing this message earlier.

      please go to the website listed on our ANGIKAM poster for more information and registration details. Our registration closes on Wednesday August 25.
      fondly joannadi

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Rhythm for Life: 24 hr dance Fundraiser for Covid India

On May 22 & 23, 2021, M-DO/KathakToronto joined forces with Chhandika Boston and Chhandam Nritya Bharati Mumbai, in presenting an international dance-a-thon in support COVID aid for India. This 24-hour non-stop dance marathon was supported by more than 100 participating dancers and 25 session leaders. It created a wealth of dance content, shared an incredible breadth of experience, and extended the usual ZOOM platform energy exponentially.
All of this for a cause: Art for Community – Art for Aid – Art for Beauty
Together we gathered more than $13,000 in donation pledges for a variety of NGO’s working on the ground. The response has been overwhelming and so the funding drive continues.
Please visit the event page here on our site for links to CanadaHelps.org and Doctors Without Borders and make a donation today.

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Viveka – Truth and Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf11TiM7usM

Dancers separated through COVID make connected magic in their own environments.
Produced by Joanna de Souza (M-DO/KathakToronto) with a stellar music composition by Andrea Koziol -vocals and Ian de Souza -bass/arrangement. Thanks to all who dance so fully from the heart, and passionately continue to reBuild our community.
Misty Wensel www.fadadance.ca

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Kathak dance video – such fun

Throwback to times in and around Bowmanville, Ontario 1995
Concept and Direction by Gregory Nixon, Music by Ed Hanley,
Kathak Dance by Joanna de Souza (Das)

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  1. Rosa says:

    The Beauty of Joanna and equally beautiful landscape! I remember a lot of those costumes… my fav is the red Muslim with cap (always loved u in that!) and the marigold on a rock! Stunning Joana!!

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A house concert with Joanna de Souza

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=944618122647383

On Sunday May 24, Joanna de Souza shared a solo living room house concert, with viewers from around the world! Presented by Chhandam Kathak School India (CNB). Thanks so much to all who made this happen!!

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2020 Starts off with community, dance, music and shared knowledge

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Some times give rise to a point of reflection. It may be a birthday, an anniversary, or in this case moving into the collective third decade of  the 21st century.

January 4-11, 2020 set a tone where deeply connected community, honoured the past with our collective histories, and joyfully danced into the future with each sunrise.  This fantastic event was a joint collaboration with Chhandam Nriyta Bharati (Mumbai), Chhandika (Boston) and M-DO/KathakToronto (Toronto), with a special thanks to Dishita in the Mumbai office for all her work coordinating things for us, on the ground.

January 4 marked the 5th death anniversary of our Guruji, and we personally marked this with a sunrise havan, singing his favourite slokas, a few of his compositions, and dancing tatkar in the early morning grass.
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Thirty of us gathered for 8 days at the glorious Art Village, in Karjat, Maharastra, for time filled with dance, music, learning, collaborating, laughing and of course eating. The kitchen chefs at Art Village often picked vegees right out of the garden and created masterpieces for our table!
Together in dance, Madhuri(di) Devi Singh, Guru-sister of our Guruji, Pt. Chitresh Das, Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert, along with some of her students from Boston, Joanna de Souza, and students from Toronto, Seema Mehta, and students from Mumbai, represented a span of 7 decades on the kathak dance floor, and all madly danced for the week, accompanied by the amazing live music of Santosh Naidu (tabla) and Ian de Souza (bass).
Madhuri-di shared songs from her extensive thumri repertoire, (complete with literally hundreds of possible dramatic interpretations) and both Gretchen and Joanna shared compositions they received over many decades of serious study.
We also experienced some of the unique expertise within our community through a number of special workshops:
Western Rhythms for kathak dancers with Ian and Santosh, a Revolution in Motion introduction workshop with Raina Gagrat, and a Yoga Alignment session with Crystal D’Silva. Crystal, also a serious Salsera (Salsa dancer) graced us all with a Salsa presentation!
Personal investment, through regular practise, is the foundation of our lineage.  This ultimately leads to each dancer creating from their unique voice.  Over the course of the week, we all experienced some of Guruji’s past Gold Rush choreography- with the Gun Fighter scene (so much fun).  This full production is presently being brought to new life by Gretchen and the Boston crew.  Kiran Phull (Toronto) performed Tap Root, a past choreography of Joanna’s with music from the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, and collectively we worked on a section of this – equally fun!

With a commitment to this experience of concentrated retreat-like learning, and the personal transformation it allows, M-DO/KathakToronto, and our sister organizations help facillitate annual learning situations in Canada, the US and special India retreat experiences, every other year.

PHOTO-2020-01-11-08-43-49Photo Credits:
Nina, Aruna, Anjali, Ian

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  1. Prachi Nagesh Wagh says:

    Such a perfect way to encapsulate the week that was glorious, liberating and enriching on ans off tur dance floor. “Personal investment, through regular practise, is the foundation of our lineage. This ultimately leads to each dancer creating from their unique voice.”, This part is was so visible as we watched all the teachers. Thank you for this memorable experience.

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