Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose presents

Sanchaari – Elaboration

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8pm

Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco
General Admission: $25; Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price
Festival Pass: 5 five shows for $70.
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

Tickets – https://fortmason.org/box-office/?eid=18704

Festival Pass –   http://www.sfiaf.org/tickets_sfiaf

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose will perform on Friday, May 26th at the SF International Arts Festival, presenting Sanchaari -Elaboration in the South Indian classical dance style, Bharatanatyam.

The traditional framework of the 2000 year old classical Bharatanatyam dance has engendered many interpretations through its renaissance period of the early 20th century to the present time. ‘Sanchaari Bhava’, is a term that denotes the embellishment of the literal meaning of texts through the individual dancer’s imagination, skill, and experience.

This production takes the audience on a journey through traditional solo dance pieces performed by dancers in the temples prior to the 20th century to the varied faces of contemporary Bharatanatyam. The traditional lyrics and rhythms are reimagined into elaborate group numbers and interpretations by choreographers of today.  The concert will demonstrate the fact that this classical dance tradition is a living tradition, constantly evolving and allowing for the creative artists’ elaboration of concepts and technique often influenced by the communities they are based in.

In one  example, we juxtapose the traditional solo number such as the Alarippu (meaning blossoming in one rhythmic cycle) with Abhinaya’s ‘Pushpamala- a garland of Alarippus which elaborate the blossoming concept through varied rhythms and visualizations as well as with group choreography.

The company of eight dancers will present the choreography of Artistic Director Mythili Kumar & Associate Artistic Director Rasika Kumar.

The Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose was founded by its Artistic Director Mythili Kumar in 1980, to present innovative and professional quality performances of South Indian classical dance. To date, Abhinaya has staged over 30 original dance productions and is known for its adherence to tradition as well as its multi-cultural collaborations. The company has appeared several times in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Abhinaya has been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from state and city agencies. In November 2015, Abhinaya celebrated its 35th Anniversary.

Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director & Choreographer

An accomplished artist, Mythili Kumar performed extensively in India before moving to the U.S. in 1978. Her artistic ability and the high quality of her dance choreography have been recognized in the U.S where she has been awarded several Choreographer’s Fellowships from the NEA. Mythili Kumar has taught at Stanford University and San Jose State University, and currently teaches a fall semester course at University of California at Santa Cruz. She was honored by World Arts West with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and received a “Sustained Achievement Award” by the Bay Area Isadora Duncan Award committee in, 2011.