Footage from the Ketevan Sacred Music Festival, performed February 13, 2016. Through music and dance the life and journeys of Queen Ketevan were brought to life. As a woman who held strong to her principals and beliefs, the Queen was burned and martyred in Iran, and her remains were clandestinely brought back with Augustine monks to Old Goa. Best rhythm section EVER with Ian de Souza, Santosh Naidu and David Ruiz. An excerpt of the martyr scene.
Misty Wensel performing in Goa India, January 2016
a dance workshop with FadaDance
Melding Points: a workshop exploring how Contemporary dance and Kathak dance meet.
Tuesday June 14 & Wednesday June 15
1 night $30
2 nights $50
FadaDance 3 stellar, quirky and profound dance artists from Regina, Saskatchewan explore contemporary dance technique, improv, and choreography. FadaDance will offer contemporary compositions born out of both contemporary dance principals and Kathak aesthetic. We will explore and articulate how the form of Kathak informs new work through a rigorous dance class.
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Kathak dancers and musicians from Canada, the US, Australia and India come together on the shores of the Arabian Sea for eight intensive days and experience the depth and beauty of kathak dance. A documentary created and realized by Ian de Souza.
Joanna de Souza, Santosh Naidu and Ian de Souza came together with stellar musicians from Spain, Germany, Argentina and Goa to create Confluences, as part of the Ketevan Music Festival.This amazing festival, in its first year, was the brain child of musician, professor and conductor, Santiago Lusardi Girelli, who brought together a fantastic group of artists and people. Through dance and music, the story of Queen Ketevan’s life – and her death – played out in front of the UNESCO protected site of the Augustine Ruins in Old Goa. Story goes that after her martyrdom in Iran, Augustine monks from Goa clandestinely brought her remains back to India. Her bones were excavated from the Ruins in 2013. Many thanks to Santiago, Sonia Shirsat and all musicians for this incredible experience.
In January 2016, 19 artists converged at the Calangute Beach Resort for 8 days of dancing, playing music, thinking, feeling, creating, eating and sleeping art. All of this on the banks of the Arabian Sea, leaves one wondering if it could possibly get any better than this? Kathak dancer/teacher Joanna de Souza was joined by the wonderful dancer/scholar, Pallabi Chakravorty for this incredible learning and bonding experience. This is by far the best way to grow and deepen relationships in our extending Kathak family, with artists from Canada, the US, Australia, Mumbai and Pune all dancing together! To wrap up the week, we presented (to a sold out audience!) an intimate concert at Art Chamber, featuring Toronto dancers Tippi Chai, Sucheta Heble, Mish Dirlea, Crystal D’Silva, Maya Chandarana, Natasha Lalji, Vibhu Sharma, Ameera Nimjee and Naaila Sangrar. Stellar musicians Santosh Naidu, Ian de Souza, Anita Katakkar, Tej Hunjan, Shawn Barry and Joanne Fernandes created magic for both the concert and the retreat! AMAZING…. Special mention goes out to contemporary dancer extraordinaire, Misty Wensel who created a seminal new solo work for the evening at Art Chamber.
Our retreat site and tech rehearsal at Art Chamber
Its hard to believe how quickly this year has passed, but we have been filling our time wisely! Classes at the Bickford Centre, downtown Toronto have been very exciting; each one filled with the sounds of live tabla, sitar, harmonium, ghungru, and class recitation! Many thanks to our wonderful musicians Santosh Naidu, Priyank Thatte, Shawn Barry, Anita Katakkar and Robin Kalnin, who give so much of their time and expertise. The true essence and life blood of kathak is shared with live music, and it is such an additional teaching inspiration. Thank you all!
Our Scarborough school has grown exponentially this year, and could not be sustained with such joy and expertise, without the dedicated additional teaching skills of Chad Walasek. Thanks so much to parents and students for your continued support of our work and the artistic growth of all involved.
The Fall of 2015, added a Brampton school to our roster, and we have a committed and growing group of young children, teens and adults who attend classes each Saturday afternoon. Chad Walasek, as teacher for this school, continues to inspire and bring deep dedication to the classes.
I am so excited to experience what 2016 can bring for our community.