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!)
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.
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.
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
Original Music by Ian de Souza & Santosh Naidu
Dramaturge Viv Moore
Research and Development funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council and SaskArtsBoard
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.