“So astonishing were they in their delicate synchronization and fluidity that one audience member simply murmured ‘Wow’ at the end, unable at first to clap!”—The New York Times
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble blends Odissi, a classical Indian dance form, with contemporary concepts to transport viewers to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality. Their new fascinating program is Saṃyoga (Sanskrit for combination, union, synthesis, conjunction of two or more heavenly bodies). Saṃyoga is the outcome of years spent in finding the perfect balance of art and craft, strength and grace, technique and spirit, confidence and vulnerability, as well as of a male godhead and his essential feminine divine. Living and working together for the past twenty years in Nrityagram Dance Village, Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy have created art that is as deeply illuminating as exhilarating. They appear with their music ensemble.
Join us for a pre-concert talk by Rajika Puri, an Indian classical dance expert, at 6:00 p.m. in Gartner Auditorium. Using images from the museum’s collection of Indian art, the lecture delves into the relationships between Indian dance, music, sculpture, mythology, poetry, and painting, all illustrated with slides, storytelling, and excerpts from dances.
These programs made possible in part by the Ernest L. and Louise M. Gartner Fund, the P. J. McMyler Musical Endowment Fund, and the Anton and Rose Zverina Music Fund.