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March 2008

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company

Experience the Movement
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company to Present Array of Dance at
Annual Winter Show

Highlights include a collaboration with musical group NOT WHAT YOU THINK and company premiere of work by
Darla Stanley.

Washington, DC — February 1, 2008. On March 1 and 2 2008, Dakshina will kick off an eclectic season
with its annual winter show at GALA theatre at the Tivoli Square. The program will feature the company
premiere of a work by Darla Stanley, Ludovic Jolivet’s Voy y Vengo and Against Forgetting, a collaborative
work with local a cappella group Not What You Think. In keeping with the company’s mission of
presenting a diverse programming of dance, we’ll also be showcasing Bharata Natyam works by
Aniruddhan Vasudevan, an emerging choreographer based in India.

Darla Stanley and Singh are re-establishing a connection formed almost a decade ago at UMBC, where he
was finishing his degree in dance. Her new work explores the tensions in a family structure using gestures,
sweeping movement phrases and her trademark use of musicality. A vibrant and intense performer herself,
Stanley is known for creating works that are post-modern in sensibility with a layered, subtle use of drama
and tension. Stanley is an independent performer and choreographer whose choreography has received
support from the PEW Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival,
Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project, and Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Singh and his dancers will be performing his work Under Currents, a lyrical dance that creates a world of
fragile relationships shifting quickly like sands in the current. Singh will close with a piece titled Against
Forgetting, for which the musical group Not What You Think will perform live. Against Forgetting serves as a
song of witness and hope for the thousands of lives lost to war in its many forms including poverty, AIDS,
and military operations. In 2007, Singh received the Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance by Dance
Metro DC and has been steadily developing critical acclaim for his works. Pamela Squires wrote in the
Washington Post: “In his languid duet ‘Lullaby,’ the arms tell the story, reaching out, entwining, drawing the dancers together
as they explore a relationship.” With a strong awareness of the power of gesture and interest in human
relationships, Singh draws audiences into an eclectic world of movement. In Dance View Times, George
Jackson wrote: “Blessed with a keen eye, Singh is making the Washington area’s dance life richer.”

Singh is excited to be working with Not What You Think again. Upon hearing their album dedicated to
peace, Singh was inspired to create Against Forgetting as an offering for peace and as a means to bear witness
and remember the lives lost to violence. Not What You Think (NWYT) is a 12-person ensemble of men
and women performing pop, light jazz, and folk. The group was formed about 17 years ago by eight
members of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington, DC. The group name was chosen for a number of
reasons, not the least of which was the fact that the original group included a female tenor and a male
soprano. Over the years, the group has survived the coming and going of numerous members, yet, three of
the founding members remain. At the core of the ensemble is a shared belief that, as gay men and lesbians
singing together, the ensemble has an opportunity and responsibility to effect change and to open hearts and
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The performances will take place on Saturday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the
GALA theatre at Tivoli Square. Tickets are $15–$75 and may be purchased by visiting www.dakshina.org.
There will be a pre-performance reception on Saturday March 1st at 7:00 p.m. for the audience members to
meet the dancers.

This performance is made possible by financial support from the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities, DC Humanities Council, Dakshina’s founding sponsors, and friends of Dakshina/Daniel
Phoenix Singh Dance Company. For more information about Dakshina and upcoming events, visit


About Dakshina
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company offers artists and communities the unique opportunity to
experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. Dakshina means “offering”
in Sanskrit. In recent years, Dakshina has examined the connections between Indian, social, and modern
dance forms; brought dance out of the auditorium and into schools and community centers; and pushed the
boundaries of the form through the use of film, interviews, popular music, and theater.

The vision of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance 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

About Daniel Phoenix Singh
Daniel Phoenix Singh is the Artistic Director and President of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance
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 trained in Bharata Natyam with Guru Meena Telikicherla of Nrityanjali, MD with whom he 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 has been exploring the Cuban/Colombian variations of Salsa and Merengue with Javier Varela and
Shawn Malone, and has recently begun studying Tango with Sharna Fabiano. He is currently on the faculty
at the 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. Most recently, Dance Metro DC recognized Singh
with the Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance.