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Dakshina Annual Spring Show 2006

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company

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Experience the Movement: Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company to Present Array of
Modern and Folkloric Dance at Annual Spring Show

Highlights include the company premiere of Eric Hampton’s masterpiece, By the Light…, two premieres by Artistic Director
Daniel Phoenix Singh, and a performance by AsheMoyubba, an Afro-Cuban Folkloric dance company.

Washington, DC — January 30, 2006 — On February 25 & 26, Dakshina will kick off an eclectic 2006
season with its annual spring show at American University’s Greenberg Theater. The program will feature
the company premiere of renowned choreographer Eric Hampton’s masterpiece, By the Light…; Daniel
Phoenix Singh’s Ghosts at Dinner, Cycles, and Yet to Be; and AsheMoyubba’s Afro-Cuban dance vignettes.

Mr. Hampton was one of the most respected dancers and teachers in the DC metro area, and he was already
diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and wheelchair bound when he choreographed By the Light…in 1998.
His choreography weaves a close-knit relationship between music and movement, using wit, worldliness,
and a sense of balance, both physical and emotional. This duet is a mysterious, dramatic work using
Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14, “Moonlight”. Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post described the piece as
“…nothing less than a miracle born of patience, perseverance, and stubborn creativity…created in whispers, it screams with
pain…haunting, deeply moving.” In addition to his contribution to the dance community, Hampton gave
generously of his time and danced in several benefit performances for the Whitman Walker Clinic.

Singh is premiering Ghosts at Dinner and Yet to Be and revisiting his duet, Cycles. Commissioned by the Model
Secondary School for the Deaf for its 2005 winter concert, Yet to Be is influenced by Singh’s ongoing love
affair with the Latin culture and music. In this piece, two songs by Mercedes Sosa—the grand dame of
Argentinean music—frame young lovers beginning a new life together. Ghosts at Dinner, set to a Philip Glass
score, explores tensions that arise between past and present relationships. The third piece, Cycles, examines
issues of violence in society and in relationships and prompts audiences to wonder what keeps us going
back for more. In Dance View Times, George Jackson wrote: “Blessed with a keen eye, Singh is making the
Washington area’s dance life richer.” With a strong awareness of the power of gesture and interest in human
relationships, Singh draws audiences into an eclectic world of movement.

In keeping with Dakshina’s mission to broaden notions of dance, AsheMoyubba will conclude the
performance with a series of vignettes that explore the religious and secular dances of Cuba. Known for its
incorporation of poly-rhythms, its use of supple movements, and its strong cultural ties, dance in Cuba is a
communal experience. As the leading Afro-Cuban dance company in DC, AsheMoyubba specializes in
drumming, dance, and song. The group’s high-energy performances blend traditional and contemporary
styles, interpreting both the sacred and secular dances brought to Cuba by enslaved Africans from the
Yoruba, Bantu, and Benin lands. The group also performs the uniquely Cuban rumba and the music and
dance of Carnival. AsheMoyubba features works by Artistic Director Oscar Rousseaux, director Marietta
Ulacia, and guest choreographer Fidel Garcia.

The performances will take place on Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at 7:00
p.m. at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theater at American University. Tickets are $20-$50 and can be
purchased by calling 202-885-2587 or visiting www.dakshina.org. This performance is made possible by
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company

1816 New Hampshire Ave, NW ~ Suite 109 ~ Washington, DC 20009 ~ info@dakshina.org ~ www.dakshina.org
financial support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Dakshina’s founding sponsors,
and friends of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company. For more information about Dakshina and
upcoming events, visit www.Dakshina.org.

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About Dakshina
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company is a young Indo-American dance company that performs and
presents both Indian dance, such as Bharata Natyam, and Modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of
second generation South Asians. The company combines the arts with social justice issues by incorporating
these themes into their work and by partnering with local community centers and schools.

The vision of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company is to explore and present dance in its complexity
and multiplicity, celebrating tradition while constantly creating new vocabularies in movement and dance,
evolving to newer and higher standards. We are particularly committed to engage in dance not only as a
means for aesthetic and artistic growth, but also as a vehicle for social change and community development.

About Daniel Phoenix Singh
Daniel Phoenix Singh is the Artistic Director and President of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh &
Company. Singh completed an MFA in Dance and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the
University of Maryland. He obtained a Laban Movement Analyst Certificate from the Laban/Bartenieff
Institute of Movement Studies, NYC. He completed a baccalaureate degree in Dance and Computer Science
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Singh continues his Bharata Natyam training with Guru Meena Telikicherla of Nrityanjali, MD with whom he
has studied for several years. He has had the opportunity to work with the leading exponents of the art form
including Guru Adayar K. Lakshman, Guru C.V. Chandrasekhar, and Guru Banumathi.

Singh’s most recent explorations in dance include Cuban/Colombian variations of Salsa and Merengue with
Javier Varela and Shawn Malone. He is currently on the faculty at Joy of Motion, Maryland Youth Ballet,
and Results the Gym. Singh is active in KhushDC, a Washington DC organization serving the South Asian
LGBT community and its friends. His works have been the critic’s pick in Washington City Paper and The
Washington Post, and Voice of America profiled his dance company in the fall of 2005. His piece, Songs of My
Life, was a finalist in the Metro DC Dance Awards, and Singh was a finalist for the Mayor’s Emerging Artist
award in 2006.