Dakshina 2017 Fall Festival

Dakshina presents the 14th Annual Fall Festival of South Asian Arts
Dakshina is excited to present Mallika Sarabhai and company, Rama Vaidyanathan and company, and Leela Samson and company this Fall.

Dakshina presents its 14th Annual Fall Festival of South Asian Arts. Use coupon code “daksub” to get 25% off tickets till September 30. Tickets available starting 9/13/2017. We are grateful to Mrs and Mr Trehan for their sponsorship of the Fall Festival.

Mallika Sarabhai and Company, Thursday October 12th 7:30 PM. BUY TICKETS
Rama Vaidyanathan and Company, Friday October 13th 7:30 PM. BUY TICKETS
Leela Samson and Spanda Dance Company, Saturday October 14th 7:30 PM. BUY TICKETS

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE
Washington DC, 20002

Mallika Sarabhai and her company Darpana present an evening spanning the classical to contemporary in form and theme. Sarabhai is known for re-examining Indian myths and contemporary social constructs through a feminist lens–always connecting social justice to dance. In this production, topics range from global warming, relationships, and even intriguing thoughts such as an aethist’s relationship to the goddess. Known for constantly championing the underserved through dance, Sarabhai frames art as the most important tool for social critique. She writes, “You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake. It needs to be the yeast.”

Rama Vaidyanathan presents an evening of dance, music, and poetry based on the lives of Janabai from Maharashtra and Lal Ded from Kashmir, India. Both were female mystic poets who went through tremendous hardships before earning recognition for their spiritual awakenings. They shattered multitudinous social boundaries to fearlessly express their love for the supreme. Vaidyanathan is one of the leading soloists and choreographers of Bharata Natyam in India, known for creating a signature movement style. In this production, she highlights the composite nature of South Asian traditions where poetry, music, and dance are layered, supporting and further developing each form.

Leela Samson and her company Spanda present an evening of dance drawing on the myths and symbolism surrounding the images of the rivers in our lives (Nadi means river in Tamil). Drawing on multiple regional texts, Samson has created a nuanced and poignant dance production that journeys through the complexity of India. Nadi seeks to explore the love and longing, the physical changes, and the deep philosophy that the river inspired through the centuries-old voices of India’s poets. Samson is a renowned Bharata Natyam dancer and choreographer known for her approach to updating the form’s repertoire while maintaining its traditions.

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.
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

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