Malavika Sarukkai, a leading Bharatanatyam dancer who challenges traditions of Indian classical dance, performed Ganga – Nitya Vaahini (Gangas—the Eternal River) at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014. The work pays homage to India’s sacred Ganga River and its importance in Indian culture. Sarukkai, who made her Philadelphia debut in this performance, uses her mastery of the traditional lexicon of Bharatanatyam dance to reinvigorate the form, extending its boundaries through experimentation and improvisation. Various activities surrounding the performance included public master classes with Sarukkai; a day-long workshop for dance professionals featuring guest artist participants Valda Setterfield and Hari Krishnan; and a free lecture-demonstration on South Indian classical dance and visual arts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s South Indian Temple Hall.
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Dance ethnologist and anthropologist Toni Shapiro-Phim traces the legacy of Cambodian dancer and teacher Pen Sokhuon against a backdrop of historical and political changes in Cambodia.
Maria Bauman is the founder and artistic director of MBDance, which has received Harlem Stage Fund for New Work awards through the Jerome Foundation, among other honors. Bauman served on the Center’s Performance panel in 2014 and 2015.
Suzanne Carbonneau is a dance writer and historian, and she directs the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival.
A series of discussions will be held with acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz and various artists and cultural practitioners.
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Pew Fellow Germaine Ingram talks with us about the responsibilities of creating socially engaged art.