Calangute Beach Resort. Early morning birds, sand, palms, breeze, dance , music, the sea. Goa 2016 Retreat
Short Clip 1. Video: Ian de Souza
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Goa 2016 Short
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.
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.
Julia Aplin in Zolla (excerpt)
performed with reknowned accordionist Tiina Kiik
Laurence Lemieux in Over Lockerbie
with music by John Cage
Sara Porter in VerbTenseDance
Joanna de Souza in Viveka
with original music by Andrea Koziol and
Ian de Souza
See CHHANDAM Dance Company in their newest work, Colour of Transcendence, with original music by Ian de Souza and Santosh Naidu. Part of Angikam’s Kathak Seminar and Conference, happening at the Citadel, 304 Parliament St. Toronto. Friday September 25.
Conference runs September 25-27, 2015. This great initiative will bring kathak lovers, dancers, choreographers and teachers together like never before in the country! Thanks to Deepti Gupta for this wonderful initiative, and growing of our communities! Register now! https://www.facebook.com/angikamdance?fref=ts
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