With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, April 05, 2012

ACF 1413: Erasing Borders: DanceFEST INDIA- 2012, April 9-15

Prashant Shah (photo credit: Mariliana Alvero) 
 Indo-American Arts Council and Trinayan Dance Theater Present
Erasing Borders: DanceFEST INDIA- 2012
April 9th - April 15th, 2012

In a dance celebration of the vibrancy of spring, the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and Trinayan Dance Theater collaborate to present a seven-day festival showcasing the exquisite dance styles of India and featuring internationally renowned performers. Presented at various venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the festival commences on April 9th with a concert starring Prashant Shah one of the leading male Kathak dancers of his generation today and Sujata Mohapatra, a leading female Odissi artists of India.

Rukmini Vijayakumar (photo credit: Sunder Ramu

The April 10th performance juxtaposes two innovative choreographer-dancers with contrasting sensibilities in one evening - Rukmini Vijayakumar and Preeti Vasudevan (Thresh Dance), both trained in Bharatanatyam and Modern dance. Festival highlights include additional dance performances, dance workshops and panel discussions.

On April, 14th a concert at the Asia Society brings the NYC premiere of “PraNayam:  Obeisances to God’ with internationally renowned dancer, Priyadarshini Govind accompanied by a live musical orchestra from India; and Trinayan Dance Theater’s “Prati Dhwani: Sacred Resonance”’ in traditional Odissi repertory.

Thresh (photo credit: Yi-Chun Wu)

The festival concludes on April 15th with a delightful family friendly performance of “Stories of Krishna - The Playful Blue God” at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. For more information about the performances, venues and tickets please visit:

About the Festival:

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance is presented by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC).  The festival is known for bringing New York City audiences a rich range of Indian dance performances produced in India and the Diaspora, including traditional and classical to modern and Indian. Now in its fifth year, Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance is proud to collaborate with the Trinayan Dance Theater’s inaugural DanceFEST INDIA to bring audiences the stellar Indian dance talents of today using dance to interpret ancient lineages and traditions.  Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance is partly funded by New York State Council for the Arts and Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City. DanceFEST INDIA is made possible in part by public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

About the Presenting Organizations:

Indo-American Arts Council
The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. www.iaac.us

Trinayan Dance Theater
Trinayan or the third eye- is the nexus of divine energy of each human being. Founded as a Dance Theater officially in 2008, the company- a registered 501(c) not-for-profit organization- has been presenting performances, workshops and dance classes in the ancient style of Odissi dance as a collective for over 10 years in New York City. Today, the company has evolved into three core activities: A Performance Ensemble, Professional Training Program, and their Collaborations/Outreach efforts. www.trinayan.org

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