Friday, October 12, 2012 ♦ 8:30 PMSarah Lee Foundation & Radio M welcome
The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall :: 4545 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000
The Global Dance Party is a new Friday night series offering an exciting opportunity to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each evening will feature a dance class followed by two hours of music from live bands or DJs in our brand new Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall.
Kalapriya presents A Night of Dandiya! This dance form originates staging of a mock-fight between the goddess Durga and a mighty demon-king. Nicknamed “The Sword Dance,” dancers whirl and move their feet and arms to the tune of the music with lots of drum beats, while clicking hand held sticks.
Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts was founded in Chicago in 1994 by critically acclaimed dancer and teacher Pranita Jain. Its mission is to present to a wide range of audiences the dance and music of India through performances, workshops, educational outreach programs, and formal dance instruction. Kalapriya Dance presents various styles of Indian dance that include, classical, folk, and contemporary. Public performances are presented locally, nationally, and internationally, including performances at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, Symphony Space in New York City, and Darpana Academy, Ahemdabad, India.
About Pranita Jain:
Pranita Jain brings a new dimension to the choreography and rhythm of Indian dance. Her aesthetic is at one time rooted in traditional Indian culture yet has been constantly evolving to remain lively and relevant to a transnational audience. Jain has performed, consulted, and taught at institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through Kalapriya, which Jain founded in 1994, she continually seeks new influences beyond the fundamental traditions of Bharata Natyam to inspire and expand her art form.