Dakshina Fall Festival 2007
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company announces internationally acclaimed lineup for
its 4th Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts
Celebrating Freedom: A month long series of music, dance and films celebrating India’s 60th independence anniversary
Washington, D.C. —International dance companies will join Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance
Company for its signature Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts. Now in its fourth year, the festival’s headline
performances will take place on October 26-28 at Washington, D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theatre, where
Dakshina will share the stage with leaders in Indian dance. The theme of Dakshina’s 4th Fall Festival is
“Celebrating Freedom,” in commemoration of India’s 60 years of independence.
Malavika Sarukkai will open the performances at the Lincoln Theatre on October 26 at 7:30 pm. Sarukkai
has dazzled audiences around the world for several years, winning the highest awards from the government
of India for her work. A firm believer in the continuity of the Indian classical tradition, Sarukkai presents
dance as a vibrant and relevant dance form. Sarukkai will present KALA – TIME: Its many contours. The
Indian concept of time is cyclical. Kala seeks to explore, in the solo Bharata Natyam language of dance,
cyclical time at many levels – the recurring play of numbers in the metrical rhythms of music and dance; the
sequential happening of the seasons in the environment around us; the continuous river of deep time that
flows endlessly beneath the smaller time cycles of human existence, of day and night, birth and death…
Anita Ratnam, one of the leading dancers in India today, will take the stage on October 27 at 7:30 pm.
Ratnam will present an evening of mixed repertoire ranging from the neo-classical to contemporary and
edgy works. About Her… is a palimpsest—a new dance-writing layered upon an older existing vocabulary;
an overlaying of images and impressions of the woman as performer whose body and being has been the
site of numerous interrogations through time. The performance arcs through the multiple faces of woman –
mother, lover, devotee, ascetic, rebel, friend, goddess, and includes a new solo called REBEL that is inspired
by Chandralekha, an established Indian choreographer and dancer who passed away recently.
Hari Krishnan, along with his Toronto-based company inDANCE will be the final feature performance on
October 28 at 4:00 pm. Krishnan works in a contemporary vein while drawing from a variety of sources,
including Indian classical dance. inDANCE’s experiments in movement are path-breaking, risk-taking and
critically acclaimed. Krishnan’s dancers bring a wide range of aesthetic expertise to inDANCE that moves
the company in ever-expanding directions. Krishnan and inDANCE company perform a mixed program
including classical Devadasi works, contemporary works and a piece on Stri Vesham (female
Daniel Phoenix Singh, Dakshina’s artistic director, is premiering a new syncretic piece titled The Wanderer’s
Story for this festival. The new work merges Bharata Natyam and Modern dance styles and will be a feast
for the senses with rich gestures, rhythmic passages and movement phrases with a sense of abandon.
Dakshina is also commissioning a new work imagining a world free of war and oppression from emerging
choreographer Aniruddhan Vasudevan based in Chennai, India.
Singh is personally inspired and motivated by these great artists and is proud to be able to present them in
Washington, D.C. All the artists featured in the festival have strong social themes in their works—an idea
that is central to Dakshina’s mission. It is a rare honor for Dakshina to be able to share the stage with
artists of this caliber. In addition to its feature performances at the Lincoln Theatre, Dakshina will present a
month-long series of events, including music, film and lectures. Details for these events will be released later
Dakshina’s Fall Festival of Indian Arts is made possible by financial support from the DC Commission on
the Arts and Humanities, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Chevy Chase Bank, Dakshina’s founding sponsors,
and friends of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company.
For more information about Dakshina and its upcoming events, visit www.dakshina.org.
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company offers artists and audiences the unique opportunity to
experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. Dakshina means “offering”
in Sanskrit. Our company explores the definition of dance within the United States and connects it to
Indian, Latin, Social, and Modern dance forms. We hope to provide participatory opportunities in which
audiences can experience dance as a system of communication, one that transcends boundaries, cultures,
and time. 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 Dance
Company. Singh holds an MFA in Dance and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the
University of Maryland. He also holds a Laban Movement Analyst Certificate from the Laban/Bartenieff
Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. He received a baccalaureate degree in Dance and
Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Singh trained in Bharata Natyam with
Guru Meena Telikicherla of Nrityanjali, MD for several years.
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. He is also a member of the Board of the Maryland Youth Ballet. 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 and 2007. Most
recently he was nominated for the Creative Communities Artist Fellowship in 2007.