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Join Dakshina for our Spring Performances!

Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories

Saturday February 27, 9:00 pm (Buy Tickets)
Saturday March 5, 1:30 pm (Buy Tickets)
The Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

JamesMortalTonguesDakshina brings an updated version of Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories to the Atlas Intersections Festival. This multimedia project combines poignant choreography, thought provoking poetry, and evocative visual designs to explore the effect of AIDS in our lives. The dance is inspired by the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS which includes the work of eight DC poets whose lives and creativity will be celebrated through this performance.

Esteemed dance critic George Jackson writes, “Forget-me-nots are small but persistent flowers. Daniel Phoenix Singh planted a field of them in his new “Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories”, a dance in memory of the poetry and poets of AIDS…To dance about fear, shame, guilt, remorse, sickness, death, loss, memory, desire, love and life could be daunting. Singh meets the challenge in straightforward ways…”

While the work traces the struggles and poignancy of the AIDS epidemic, it also engages with the larger context of the times in which these poets were writing. The dance/poetry work addresses complex issues of gender, sexuality, racism, youth, aging, loss, and the shared redemption a community experiences.

Join us for this evocative new work at the Atlas Intersections Festival. Dakshina is thrilled to be selected to participate in one of DC’s well known festivals. Learn more about the 2016 Atlas Intersections Festival here. Read more about Dakshina’s Spring 2016 performances here.

Highlights of Dakshina’s 2013 season

Pamela Squires writes, “In only 10 years, the annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts has become a Washington area mainstay. The festival’s dynamic program Friday at Sidney Harman Hall demonstrated that this first-rate festival is mature for its years, yet still young enough to bristle with bright promise. It is a heady combination.” Read full Washington Post review. September 22, 2013.

Sarah Kaufman, the Pulitzer price winning chief critic at the Washington Post writes: “It’s fitting that Singh, whose fascination with Sokolow has led to excellent productions of her works over the years, chose to present this gem. The weekend performances, with sharp new costumes by Judith Hansen, were a homecoming of sorts, as the work premiered in 1970 at Towson University in Towson, Md. Lorry May, who danced with Sokolow for more than 30 years, staged the work for Singh’s company.” Read full Washington Post review here. April 15, 2013.

Washington Performing Arts Society, in association with the Pola Nirenska Memorial Awards Committee, announces the presentation of the 2013 Pola Nirenska Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance to Daniel Phoenix Singh. Pola Nirenska (1910-1992) was a matriarch of modern dance in Washington, DC who survives through her work, and the gift of an annual award to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to dance. Read more about the Pola Nirenska award here.

Can We Count On Your Support in 2015?

In 2013, Dakshina’s performances reached close to 7000 community members. Dakshina’s Unique Adult Outreach Program provided free tickets to over 400 underprivileged adults through our work with local partners such as (SOME) So Others May Eat, Christ House, Martha’s Table and Miriam’s Kitchen. Our partnership with Class Acts Arts will bring the joy of dance to 25 schools and community organizations this season!

 Your support made this growth possible. How? Every dollar you donated went directly towards our artistic projects and outreach programming. Dakshina is currently run entirely by volunteers, with zero dollars going towards administrative costs.

How You Can Help

1. Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible contribution online in less than a minute. Make a difference in the lives of local dancers. If you’d rather send a check, please mail it to Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, 4607 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011.
2. See if your Employer will match your donation to Dakshina (remember we are a registered 501(c) 3 organization)
3. Spread the word, Tell 5 of your friends about Dakshina, ask them to match your donation and sign up for our email list.

Keep us on our Feet–You are the dance!
Daniel Singh

Want to experience the movement? Join Dakshina today!

Currently Dakshina is seeking Board Members and volunteers who have experience in the following areas: Fundraising, Corporate Relations, South Asian Community Liaison, LGBT Community Liaison, Non-Profit Law, and Accounting. In addition, we are looking for event planning volunteers to help us organize our 2015 season. Our volunteers get to meet international artists and work in a hands-on environment, meet wonderful people and have fun while doing it all. Make a difference in your community and the arts scene. Email us at info@dakshina.org to get started. Visit our Facebook page for ongoing updates and to get a sneak peak at our rehearsal pictures. www.facebook.com/DakshinaDC.