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FINITE new works for kathak & contemporary dance

 CHHANDAM Dance-Toronto and FadaDance-Regina present
FINITE   a showing of new works in progress for kathak and contemporary dance

Sunday October 2nd @ 2pm (doors open at 1:30)
Array Space  155 Walnut St. Toronto
PWYC
Original Music by Ian de Souza & Santosh Naidu
Dramaturge   Viv Moore
Research and Development funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council and SaskArtsBoard

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Ketevan Sacred Music Festival Confluences Video

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO9S_9Ac9vg 

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Melding Points – a special June workshop with FadaDance

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Misty Wensel performing in Goa India, January 2016

M-DO/KathakToronto present
a dance workshop with FadaDance

Melding Points:  a workshop exploring how Contemporary dance and Kathak dance meet.
Tuesday June 14 & Wednesday June 15
6:30-8:30 pm
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.

for info and registration email
joanna@kathaktoronto.com

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KathakToronto Goa 2016 Sangha doc

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.

 

 

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Second Kathak Sangha video

Second clip of our Kathak Sangha, Goa India, January 2016.  Coming soon is a short documentary on our experiences there.

Filmed and Produced by Ian de Souza.  View on M-DO/KathakToronto’s dedicated YouTube page from the link below

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https://youtu.be/v2_-uaR5haU

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Goa Retreat 2016 Short Video 1

Calangute Beach Resort. Early morning birds, sand, palms, breeze, dance , music, the sea.  Goa 2016 Retreat
Short Clip 1.  Video: Ian de Souza

Click the link below
Goa 2016 Short

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Ketevan Sacred Music Festival – St. Augustine Ruins, Old Goa

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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.

 

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India Kathak Retreat 2016

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.

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Our retreat site and tech rehearsal at Art Chamber

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