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October 6 - 8, 2017 Slovenia
CID's DANCE PEDAGOGY CONFERENCE IN SLOVENIA, in Velenje, inviting participants from all countries.
Contact: ExecSec@cid-portal.org

October 7, 2017 Naperville, IL

Co-presented by Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance, Leela Samson's Spanda Dance Company brings NADI to the Chicago area. Spanda Dance is a group founded in 1995 that presents works conceived and choreographed by Leela Samson, explores group dynamics in Bharatanatyam. Spanda seeks to establish a relevant dialogue between dance, music and stage craft.From Sufi fakirs in the North to Baul singers in Bengal to Sangam poetry and classical composers in the South, an ocean of poetry has been penned inspired by the river. NADI explores the love and longing, the physical changes and the deep philosophy that the river inspired through the centuries-old voices of India's poets. NADI includes eclectic selection of poems in different languages and musical genres from the thumris of Varanasi, to Tagore's melodies and the Baul renderings of Bengal, to Sangam poetry, the previous centuries Dikshitar, and to modern-day Girish Karnad of the South. These pieces are tied together by Rajkumar Bharathi, who has used some traditional tunes and has re-composed others to create dialogue between music genres and between languages of the vast nation of India. NADI is a common link with elements like the river teaching man the usefulness and beauty of nature and our link to it.
At: Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College, 310 East Benton Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540, 7pm
Tickets: $20 advance purchase, $25 day of show (https://www.artful.ly/natya-dance-theatre/store/events/12365)
Info: info@natya.com / 312-212-1240

October 29 - November 4, 2017 Uttarakhand
NATYASHASTRA WITH ABHINAVABHARATI: A 7day Vyaakhyaa by Bharat Gupt (medium: Hindi). The lectures-interactions will provide a detailed exposition of all the principles of performance in each of the 36 chapters of the NS and relate them to the present genres of performance such as plays, cinema and painting and sculpture.The text of NS is made a spring board to analyse and contrast many classical ideas with Indian modernity not only in the area of performing arts but in the approach to life as a whole. Related paradigms of Hindu performance such as leelaa, avataara, charitra of gods as human, concepts of saguna and nirguna worship will be closely related to the ethos of NS performance. Limitations of religious cultures that do not allow mimesis of incarnation or depiction of holy lives will be also discussed. Puritanic, secular or propagandist approaches to art, and drama in particular, shall be contrasted with the Vaishnava ethos that allows full scope of depiction of the divine as human and the human as divine.
Session timing: 9am-12pm and 4pm-6pm
Inaugural session on first day, Oct 29 will be at 4-6pm. Course will end on 4th Nov at 10am.
Venue: A Study Camp in the Himalayan Centre of Madhuban (Aurobindo Ashram), Talla Ramgarh, Uttarakhand
To register, participants shall pay in advance the boarding lodging contribution of Rs 7000 per participant) for 7 days directly to ‘Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch’ with the donor’s name, address and pan number (mandatory). Inform Prof Bharat Gupt (bharatgupt@vsnl.com or at 9810077914 by whatsapp is also necessary).

November 11 & 12, 2017 San Jose, CA
Abhinaya Dance Company presents Fall Concert
At: School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
Info: www.abhinaya.org