Dance Place 2006
Experience the Movement: Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company to Present Array of
Modern and Indian Classical Dance at Dance Place
Highlights include Eric Hampton’s masterpiece, By the Light…, works by Artistic Director Daniel Phoenix Singh, and a
performance by visiting artists from India.
Washington, DC — May 18, 2006 — Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company will perform an eclectic
program at Dance Place on July 15 and July 16, 2006. The program will feature the renowned local
choreographer Eric Hampton’s masterpiece, By the Light… and Daniel Phoenix Singh’s Ghosts at Dinner,
Cycles, and Postcards. In addition, visiting artists from India will perform Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical
“We are thrilled to perform at Dance Place,” said Daniel Singh, Dakshina Artistic Director. “It’s a local
institution that has served the DC dance community for decades.”
Eric 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 staging Ghosts at Dinner and Postcards and revisiting his duet, Cycles. Commissioned by the Model
Secondary School for the Deaf for its 2005 winter concert, Postcards 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 dance offerings in DC, special guests Aswathy Nair and
Srikanth Natarajan from India will join company members in performing an array of Bharata Natyam pieces.
Bharata Natyam is a classical dance form that is known for its use of facial expressions, mime, hand gestures
and complicated rhythmic passages. The dance form developed in the temples and courts of India and has
now evolved into a highly stylized stage dance format.
The performances will take place on Saturday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Dance
Place. Tickets are $7-$20 and can be purchased by calling 202-269-1600 or visiting www.dakshina.org. This
performance is made possible by financial support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company
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Dakshina’s founding sponsors, and friends of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company. For more
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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 Metro Weekly, India Abroad and Voice of America profiled his dance company recently. 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.