The Chhandam Dance Company

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CHHANDAM DANCE COMPANY and FADADANCE tour BARDO in India January 25- Februrary 10, 2018
                                                                      “they fearlessly absorb, synthesize and create new forms of age old traditions”

The Tibetan Buddhist term “bardo” signifies the liminal state between death and rebirth, or between two lives on earth.  Like the many faces, and one heart of the Canadian identity, BARDO’s choreography mirrors Canada’s syncretic culture by using the vocabulary of two distinct dance forms, kathak and contemporary, harnessing their similarities and contrasting differences as a catalyst for freedom, possibility of form, and powerful stimulus for new movement.

2018 India Dates:
January 25- NCPA Experimental Theatre,      Mumbai
January 31, Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre,     New Delhi
February 2, Seva Sadan,      Bangalore
February 5, Goa University,   Panaji
February 10, G.D.Birla Sabhagar,   Kolkata

Chhandam Dance Company brings the exciting and exacting elements of kathak into the group setting. Collaboration with different musical styles, dance forms and contemporary themes are at the root of Chhandam’s choreographic aesthetic. The vocabulary of kathak allows this dance form to move between tradition and innovation easily. The flow of movement and dramatic expression inherent to the form, enables the dance to reveal themes that are common and mythic, often at the same time. Dynamic use of technique, music forms, and the stage environment sets this South Asian dance company apart.

Choreographer and Artistic Director Joanna de Souza, is a thirty-five year disciple of the late Pt. Chitresh Das.


See an excerpt of HUM created for Toronto’s Body Percussion Festival, March 2014, on our dedicated YouTube page: