Fall Festival presented by Adarsh and Ranvir Trehan


Friday October 21st (click here)

6:00 pm FREE Community performance featuring Akila Subramanyam (Bharata Natyam) and Bratati Saha (Kathak)

7:30 pm Mainstage performance featuring Rehan Bashir and Aswathy Nair

Opening Artist: Rehan Bashir will present Shahgird (A work in progress). The performance is an ode to his Guru, Nahid Siddiqui and the spiritual essence of beauty and alignment which form the foundations of her teachings.

Closing Artist: Aswathy Nair will present three traditional items from the Mohini Attam repertoire that starts with an invocatory item and then follows this with a more in depth character exploration from a scene in the Indian epic Mahabaratha. More Info

Saturday October 22nd (click here)

6:00 pm FREE community performance will feature dancers from the Vani Ramesh and Lakshmi Swaminathan dance companies.

7:30 pm Mainstage performance featuring Dakshina and Indira Kadambi

Opening Artist: Dakshina will present an excerpt of Daniel Singh’s new work Chakra that draws on the metaphor of the cyclic nature of our lives explored through the life of Subhadhra and Abhmanyu from Indian mythology.

Closing Artist: Indira Kadambi presents Varsha: Like the thirsty traveler pines for water and the soul waits for eternity, the parched earth forever directs its yearning towards the pregnant sky. More Info

Sunday October 23rd (click here)

2:00 pm A FREE community performance featuring Kuchipudi Dance Academy (Lakshmi Babu) and Shanthi Ashok (Bharata Natyam)

4:00 pm Mainstage performance featuring Alif Laila and Lakshmi Babu

Opening Artist: Alif Laila will present an evening of Sitar, drawing and dancing the many stories of our wonderful heritage with her melodious instrument.

Closing Artist: Lakshmi Babu will present a dance ballet drawing on the many Indian myths to portray the story about the Lord VINAYAKA (Ganesha), the VIGHNARAJA, the Lord who wards off all obstacles. More Info

Highlights of Dakshina’s press mentions

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. It was a terrible time in history and not that long ago when the epidemic first hit. Read George Jackson’s full review.

Difficult Pairings: The consolation, the culmination that two people can find when they come together is often the topic of dance works. Anna Sokolow’s individuals, though, never have it easy. They always seem unsatisfied and appear to be seeking something more than one another…Thanks to Lorry May’s staging and the Dakshina company’s astute casting, the imprints of Sokolow’s diverse figures continued to linger long after Dance Place’s new doors had closed for the night. Read George Jackson’s full review.

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.

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.

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 2016?

In the past few years, 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.
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Keep us on our Feet–You are the dance!
Daniel Singh

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