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Spring 2007

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company

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

Highlights include the company premiere of Anna Sokolow’s masterpiece, Kaddish, as well a premiere by Artistic Director
Daniel Phoenix Singh and a performance by the DC Cowboys Dance Company.

Washington, DC —Dakshina will kick off an eclectic 2007 season on March 31 and April 1 with its annual
spring show at American University’s Greenberg Theater. The program will feature the company premiere
of renowned choreographer Anna Sokolow’s masterpiece, Kaddish, three pieces by Daniel Phoenix Singh,
Undercurrents, Ghosts, and Lullaby, and an appearance by the DC Cowboys Dance Company, which specializes
in high-energy dance numbers that range from sexy club mixes, to musical theater, to contemporary
country.

Sokolow was a key figure in the development of modern dance internationally and she believed that dance
should be more than mere entertainment. She created compositions that explored pressing contemporary
issues and challenged audiences to think deeply about themselves and society. This connection of dance to
social justice is an integral part of Dakshina’s mission. Sokolow, who died in 2000, created the piece Kaddish
in 1945 as the Holocaust was coming to an end. Using gestures and costuming to suggest rituals in
traditional Jewish mourning and prayer, Sokolow found a way to express the sorrow and anguish of that
time. “Ms. Sokolow’s gift for summing up loss and loneliness is captured in Kaddish with a searing simplicity
and intensity,” said the New York Times. The company is proud to be able to keep her legacy alive.

Singh will premiere Undercurrents, a piece that uses Haiku as a starting point to provide a glimpse into various
tableaus, stripping down movement to a bare essence. Ghosts is set to a Philip Glass score, and explores
tensions that arise between past and present relationships. The Washington Post has described Singh’s Lullaby
as duet in which “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 an interest in human
relationships, Singh draws audiences into an eclectic world of movement. Dance View Times said of Singh:
“Blessed with a keen eye, Singh is making the Washington area’s dance life richer.”

In keeping with Dakshina’s mission to broaden notions of dance, DC Cowboys Dance Company will join
us for the evening’s showcase. “This joint dance concert is a unique event for Washington. Our two up-
and-coming dance companies have completely different styles, but we share a love of dance and
entertainment,” said DC Cowboys Artistic and Executive Director Kevin Platte. The DC Cowboys will
feature their standard repertoire which includes Big & Rich’s Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy and Josh Gracin’s
Nothin’ to Lose. Both songs were performed to thunderous applause at the Closing Ceremonies of the Gay
Games VII: Chicago. The group will also showcase its renditions of several musical theatre songs. In this
new performance setting, the DC Cowboys will bring their sizzling sex appeal and rugged good looks to the
big stage.
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The performances will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theater at American University. Tickets are $20–$50 and may be purchased
by calling 202-885-2587, or by visiting www.dakshina.org.

If your media organization would like to attend either performance, please contact dpsingh@dakshina.org
for complimentary tickets.

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

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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
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 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.