Sakshi and Dakshina at Ailey Theater

Prana/Breath
Dates: March 23 and 24, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 and $18 for students and seniors (plus applicable service fees)
At: Alvin Ailey Theater | 405 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019

This collaboration titled, Prana/Breath, between two dance companies, Dakshina, a Bharata Natyam and modern company, and Sakshi Productions, a neo-classical and contemporary Odissi dance company, explores the ways in which prana, or the breath manifests in different dancing bodies, dance histories, varying movement vocabularies and live percussion. Each piece engages with the notion of prana in a unique way and celebrates the life-breath of dance and music. Dakshina’s performance is presented by the Indo American Arts Council with generous funding support from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Dakshina warms you up with Singh’s signature fusion work “Vasanth” which combines Bharata Natyam with Modern Dance and depicts the Indian myth of how spring comes to earth–the work premiered to critical acclaim at Kennedy Center’s Maximum India Festival in 2011. “Since You’ve Asked” is a tender duet for two men drawing on Singh’s gestural, lyrical work and uses the poetry of Leonard Cohen and Jacques Brel’s signature “Ne Me Quitte Pas” as the musical score. Aniruddh Vasudevan, a Bharata Natyam dancer based in India and a long time collaborator with Daniel Phoenix Singh will be joining Dakshina as a guest artist for this performance.”

Sakshi Productions is working with composer Kirk O’Riordan who will compose a 10-minute work titled Night of Summer Stars. This original score draws on a number of Eastern and Western influences, and explores the wide range of colors available to the metallophone subsection of the percussion family. It is performed by the Lafayette College Percussion Ensemble and choreographed by Carrie Rohman. A new choreography by Nandini Sikand and Donia Salem features the powerful cosmic dance of Shiva. Daniel Singh and Nandini Sikand will also perform their duet, “Symbiosis” that highlights the fragility and beauty of collaboration.