Astad Deboo

Dakshina is thrilled to welcome Astad Deboo and guest artist Anu Yadav.

Sunday September 22, 4 pm
Shakespeare Theatre, Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St NW Washington, DC 20004
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Astad Deboo

Dakshina is excited to present Astad Deboo in Washington DC in a stunning evening of Solo work. A critic writes: “His movement and agility with his innate ability to reflect the soul of the music in his body never fails to amaze you.” (A review from Artsmart of Deboo’s performance in his work “Rhythm Divine”).

Known for his masterful blend of folk, traditional, and contemporary movement styles with theater, Astad Deboo performs an evening of solo works that span the range of human emotions. An internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer, Deboo’s master-status in the field was neatly summarized by the Hindu in the following statement: “By this time it is accepted that Astad Deboo’s art is worthy of serious attention.”

Deboo has extensive training in the Kathak and the Kathakali styles (Indian classical dance forms). He trained in the Martha Graham dance technique and was an apprentice under Pina Bausch of the Wuppertal Dance Company and Alison Chase of the Pilobolus Dance Company. He has also performed with Pink Floyd and was commissioned to choreograph a work on Maya Plissetskaya, one of the Bolshoi ballet’s prima ballerinas. Along with these and other experiences with various dance companies in Japan and Indonesia, he has created a dance theatre style of his own.

LakshmiBabuSmallLakshmi Babu a recognized US based Kuchipudi dancer will begin the evening with a danced prayer to Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles and end with a prayer to Goddess Meenakshi. Dancer and choreographer Lakshmi Babu is the founder of Kuchipudi Dance Academy and is a disciple of Padmashree Dr. Sobha Naidu. Babu has been a Kuchipudi teacher and performer residing in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area since 1991. She has performed in UK, Australia, India and USA. She continues to receive advance training from her own guru and from Sri. Vempati Ravishankar. Under the guidance of her guru Babu began a career as a dance instructor and established the Kuchipudi Dance Academy, in 1996. The academy is a well established institute that attracts young and adult aspiring dancers, and is known to be a popular dance school in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.

Anu YadavOpening for Astad Deboo is esteemed US based actress Anu Yadav. Yadav will perform an excerpt from her latest work, “Meena’s Dream”. “Meena’s Dream,” is a one-woman play about a seven-year-old Indian American Meena, whose only wish is for her mother Aisha to be well again, and Hindu God Lord Krishna who seeks Meena’s help in his epic hour of need. Solo performer Anu Yadav shapeshifts between characters in this quirky coming-of-age tale of a young girl struggling to make sense of sorrow through the fantastical landscape of her own imagination. Yadav is an award-winning playwright, actress and theater-based educator in Washington D.C. She received a 2008 Creative Communities Initiative grant for her newest piece, Classlines, a multimedia performance exploring issues of class in the D.C. area. She got her start as a member of the Asian Arts Initiative performance collective Something to Say led by Gary San Angel in 1998. It was a powerful experience and played a key role in shaping her artistic voice—and reminding her that everyone’s story is worth telling, including hers.