In keeping with our mandate of kathak creation that is fresh and imaginative, our 2018 Traditions Alive recital presented KETEVAN, on December 14, 2018.
This TRUE story of a resolute 15th Century Queen from Eastern Georgia, was a success! Our sold out audience loved the continuity of a story, and a story they were completely unfamiliar with. Seemlessly woven together with images and narration, the story traveled from the queen as a young girl named Maia, to the exiled Queen, protector of her people.
Our school continues to train kathak dancers at the highest artistic level and our new spring 2019 sessions begin the week of March 25. Winter has been tough – Spring will be glorious!!!
M-DO/KathakToronto is pleased to announce an artistic collaboration and partnership close to our heart, a festival of STORYTELLING!
One of Kathak dancers favourite things to do!
You may find out information on the entire festival, now in its 40th year. Venues throughout the city come alive from March 2-24, 2019 with storytellers that are local, national and international. www.torontostorytellingfestival.ca
On Monday March 18 see KathakToronto dancers as we open for a fantastic collaboration of storytelling, DJ-ing and dance, at the Alliance Francaise
24 Spadina Ave. Show begins at 7:30 pm
This intimate space is filling up BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!
On behalf of Arzoo Dance Theatre and M-DO/KathakToronto, we are pleased to announce that the Angikam Seminar in Kathak & Choreography will be back again this fall!
September 28- September 30, 2018.
Registration is now open, including an early bird rate for participants who sign up before July 31st. You will find a flyer for the event attached, and some information below. Please visit www.arzoodancetheatre.com/angikam for more information, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
ANGIKAM Seminar in Kathak & Choreography
Dates: September 28, 29, 30, 2018
Venue: The Citadel (304 Parliament St) in Toronto, Ontario
Back by popular demand, this choreography intensive designed for artists working in South Asian Dance vocabularies. Registration is $150 for 3 days of teaching with world class mentors, Madhu Nataraj,
Janaki Patrik, and Deepti Gupta. We are offering an Early Bird rate of $125 if you register by July 31.
Simply click on the link below to download our registration form.
This seminar includes, The Choreographer’s Voice (Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8pm): A showcase of works in progress exploring new directions in Kathak and choreography. To apply, please send us a short description of your work.
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 and Danceworks
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