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Chhandam/FadaDance India Tour 2018

Dream with Us

Chhandam Dance Company (Toronto, ON)  and FadaDance (Regina, SASK.) are touring India in early 2018!  These two companies have been creating award winning dance in Canada for over 20 years, and will take their newest work BARDO on a six-city tour of India from January 26- February 10.

BARDO will animate the states between death and rebirth, as it relates to culture, original choreography, music, and narrative. This tour provides an opportunity to showcase our uniquely Canadian contemporary experiences of Indian traditions in dance and music.

This year we have dreamed big – really big.  With our most talented musician and dancer friends, we will visit major Indian cities from coast to coast.   Composer/musician Ian de Souza,  percussionist Santosh Naidu and producer Orion Paradis,  join our BARDO dancers, performing their original music score live.
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Funding, always a great challenge when sharing art, will be augmented through our own Indiegogo on-line funding campaign.
Launching  Friday August 4th.

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Information and registration details DANCE MALA retreat January 2018

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-

RETREAT PROGRAM
** 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
Coffee/Tea
ALTERNATE DAYS footwork practise OR contemporary warm up and floor work  (1.5 hrs  8:00-9:30 AM)
BREAKFAST (9:30-10:30)
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       joannakathak@gmail.com

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Making new dance – new music

We are putting it all together….. working on  some new dance and new music – India 2018- YES

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India Kathak/Dance Retreat January 14 – 22, 2018

 M-DO/KathakToronto presents
4th biennial India kathak/dance Retreat

Dance Mala
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


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Spring Kathak Classes Start Beginning of March

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!)

..the path of kathak is ever expanding...

 

 

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TRADITIONS ALIVE – 25 years of dance and music

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.

 

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FINITE : new dance with CHHANDAM and FadaDance

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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.

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HAPPY DIWALI

We all wish you the very best Diwali and a great year full of happiness and love.

 

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