TaDa! Festival presents: The Lion's Roar (2015), Friday Sept 7 at 8:45pm
August 12, 2018
ARZOO DANCE THEATRE DEEPTI GUPTA – CHOREOGRAPHER & DANCER MUSHFIQ HASHIMI - HARMONIUM, VOICE ASHOK DUTTA – TABLA (For audiences 12+ / 60 min / English) Deepti Gupta, a classical Indian dancer and choreographer, will bring you a glimpse of the complexity and beauty of South Asian dance and music. A gifted artist who now lives in Ottawa after many years in Toronto and then Delhi, Deepti has developed a strong solo program that includes a little bit of demonstration and discussion of the form, some highly stylized classical work and music, and then a more contemporary piece set to a commissioned score by Toronto composer Nick Storring. A treat for audiences, even if you’ve never seen this kind of dance before. Intriguing for musicians too: live music (tabla, harmonium, voice) will accompany much of this magical performance.
Performance takes place at Centre Wakefield La Pêche 38 ch de la Vallée de Wakefield
The Lion’s Roar is based on The Sutra of the Lion’s Roar of Queen Srimala, a Buddhist text written by Queen Srimala of the Kosala dynasty in the third century BC in central India. She became a great teacher of Buddhism and is known for her powerful and truthful method of speaking, which is known as the lion’s roar. The piece loosely depicts the journey of Queen Srimala as she battles with forces within and without her and ultimately reaches her true being as a spiritual teacher.
...Kathak as a Classical Dance Form Deepti Gupta is a master of Kathak dance, the classical dance form of northern India known for fast turns and rhythmic, stamping feet. It has a long history as a narrative form that evolved when traveling bards and minstrels sharing stories from Indian mythology. As a dance form, it has transformed through its 500-year history from a rustic troubadour form, to a sophisticated kind of entertainment for Indian royalty, to its current incarnation as performance for everyone. In India, it is a popular dance form usually accompanied by superb musicians of percussion (tabla), voice and other Indian instruments. Kathak was transplanted to Canada only recently with artists like Rina Singha, who gave it new life and imbued it with new narratives after living in Canada for many years. Now Kathak is seeking to redefine itself as a medium of expression for an emerging generation Canadian dancers – while still relying on the traditional training and repertoire that are at its core (much like ballet).