An innovative and powerful performance comes to the Mountain View Performing Arts Center, Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m. Shambhavi Dandekar, Kathak artist, and Parlmal Phadke, Bharatanatyam artist, perform together in Nritya Sangam. Both Ms. Dandekar and Mr. Phadke are well known and tour widely throughout the world. They have presented this concert in 40 US cities, China, and Muscat. “Sangam” describes the meeting of two rivers; the energy and beauty of these two classical Indian dance forms come together to create a new experience in this concert. It is also the meeting of the male presence in movement and the female presence in movement, an exploration of both traditional and modern form and content. For tickets and more information see www.sulekha.comphotos: Shambhavi Dandekar (L) Parlmal Phadke (R)
Great big thanks to The Posh Bagel on Castro St., in Mountain View, CA. For all three seasons they have supported the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley by donating many varieties of many, MANY bagels. We set these out all day for the Full Day of Dance© participants and before the Festival Concert and during intermission for the audience to enjoy. We are so grateful to Marie, the lovely and generous manager, and her team. Support our Supporters! Visit The Posh Bagel for a great lunch, morning coffee and bagels, special treats throughout the day. Here is Marie at The Posh Bagel and Marie with her team. They are all as talented as they are good looking!The Lively Foundation says,”THANKS!”
The San Francisco Bay Area is rich in artists devoted to classical Indian dance forms. There are performances throughout the year, especially in Bharatanatyam, yet, the concert, Mother & Child, performed by Usha Srinivasan and her daughter, Urmila Vudali, Aug. 24, 2014, De Anza College, Cupertino, stands out. They danced a full, classical program from the opening invocation Pushpanjali to an exuberant concluding Thillana. Clarity of movement and communication of deep emotions characterized the performance. It was beautiful and very moving. Themes of motherhood and a child’s relationship to her mother were expressed through stories of Krishna, Parvati, Ganesha, and others from the human realm. For example, in a Padam selection which called upon the performers’ dramatic skills, a mother questions her daughter’s choice of a boy friend. He has wild hair and his outfit is hardly Brooks Brothers. The daughter has fallen in love with Shiva. That match is far beyond exceptional, but the situation is universal in human families. The Varnum selection was a major effort combining three aspects of Bharatanatyam: Nritta, pure dance (abstract rhythmic movements), Nritya, expressive dance, and Natya, dramatic art. It was a premiere work drawing from an array of religious/mythological stories. It demanded focus and energy from the dancers, and they were more than equal to the challenge. In fact, Ms Srinivasan’s solo piece called out such emotional connection that this viewer felt tears come to her eyes. The program included musical compositions by M.S. Sukhi for the delightful Pushpanjali, the Varnum, Amba Stuthi, and the extraordinary Thillana. The music added extra perceptions to the event. Amba Stuthi was “an ode to Mother Amba, Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva.” The folk melody, Madu Meikkum Kanne, added texture to this well-rounded performance. The musicians, seated onstage in the traditional way, were outstanding: Sri Murali Parthasarathy(vocal), N. Veeramani(violin), M.S. Sukhi(mridangam), Navia Natarajan Menon(nattuvangam and also a dance guru to the artists). The joy obviously shared by this mother and child enveloped the audience. Eleven year old Ms Vudali has studied Bharatanatyam for five years. She danced with energy and precision. One must wonder where she goes from here as her dancing is already well formed artistry. Ms Srinivasan studied Bharatanatyam with her daughter. She proclaims herself an amateur. Being an amateur means she is a lover of this multi-layered, heart shaking art. So much of the dance, music, lyrics is devotional. It is appropriate: this was a performance suffused with love.Photos: Usha Srinivasan & Urmila Vudali, top & below, courtesy Ms Srinivasan; dancer’s ankle bells, file photo.
The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley offers dancers, non-dancers, the dance audience an opportunity to study with and watch the finest artist teachers in their fields. In Summer, 2014, our third season, Leanne Rinelli came from Buffalo, NY, to teach and perform Salsa; Leslie Arbogast came from San Diego, CA, to teach and perform Dunham technique/Afro-Haitian dance; Sohini Ray came from Santa Monica, CA, to teach and perform Manipuri, a classical dance of India; Audreyanne Delgado tap danced her way from Alameda, CA; Etta Walton came from Palo Alto, CA, to teach and lead Line dancing; Amity Johnson, a much sought after Pilates teacher has taught Pilates mat at all three seasons; she teaches in Menlo Park & Palo Alto; Artistic Director Leslie Friedman has based her work at the Mountain View Masonic Center since 1996. Participants in IDF@SV benefit from this wealth of talent, training, and experience. Photos: (L) Leanne Rinelli performs No Seas Cobarde; (Rt) Leslie Arbogast performs Where the River Meets the Ocean, a tribute to Ocun, AfroCuban/AfroBrazilian goddess of the river & love.
The audience filled the auditorium. The only time there were empty seats was when Etta Walton invited everyone up to do Line dances with her. The Festival Concert was a tremendous success. The art of Leslie Arbogast, Audreyanne Covarrubias & Megan Ivey, Sohini Ray, Leanne Rinelli, Etta Walton truly captivated everyone. Hats off to the Festival Dancers: Kerry Aradhya, Myu Campbell, Vanessa Nudd Chapman, Julie Van Gelder. The Festival Concert was a brilliant finale to the intensive week of dancing that preceded it. Audience members, Festival Dancers, and artist/teachers all were asking about plans for next year before this Concert had even ended. Photos: (L to R, top to bottom) Etta Walton leads the audience; Audience dancing; More audience dancing; Sohini Ray, an ecstatic moment in Kaliyadaman; Audreyanne Delgado & Megan Ivey tap & even juggle in Mixed Nut Medley; Leanne Rinelli calls the moves for Rueda de Casino Salsa with Myu Campbell, Julie Van Gelder, Leslie Arbogast, Vanessa Nudd, Leslie Friedman. Photos courtesy Merv Chapman.
Leanne Rinelli, our Salsa teacher, says absolutely anyone can take her Monday-Friday Salsa classes. You do not need to be an advanced dancer or even someone who takes dance classes at all. This is Salsa for everyone! She will teach footwork and a circle dance. You will have plenty of time in each class to learn. No special training, no partner, no dance experience required. This will be fantastic and fun. Leanne is a great teacher who is eager to share the dance with you. Contact Livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net and sign up now!Picture: Leanne Rinelli
Dollars for dancing are still available. Don’t wait any longer. Dreaming of dancing this summer but worried about the costs? Our Festival can still offer you financial help. Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you want to study, create, perform. The artist/teachers are eager to help you dance your best dances. The Festival opens on August 11; email us now.
That terrific newspaper, The Los Altos Town Crier, featured the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley in its most recent issue. LATC recognizes our Festival as a wonderful addition to the life of its community. The feature was in “Mountain View on the Move.” The Festival certainly does get Mountain View MOVING! Here’s the link to the article:
FULL DAY OF DANCE© is the unique, amazing innovation of International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley. The greatest dance experiences for everyone from pros to beginners. Take something you already know and love AND try something completely new to you! Never danced before? This is your time. A professional ballerina who stays up late watching Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers tap? This is your chance to give it a try. Supportive, enthusiastic teachers. You’ll be in a class with all different levels. Someone might be a complete beginner at classical Indian dance but terrific in tap. Or — a total complete beginner–you name it; it’s all possible. You can take one, some, or all six classes. The price per class reduces with each added class. No special outfits or shoes required. Even for tap, wear a shoe that will stay on your feet; you can learn the rhythms & steps without taps on your soles, but your true soul will be dancing!!! Here’s the class schedule. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Save time & pay in advance. Information: call 650/969-4110 or see us at facebook/international dance festival silicon valley and at facebook/The Lively Foundation.
9:00-10:00 Pilates mat (bring a towel or mat if you can); 10:15-11:30 Dunham technique; 11:45-1 p.m. tap; 1-1:30 Lunch Break; 1:30-2:30 Line Dancing with Etta; 2:45-4:00 Salsa; 4:15-5:30 Manipuri, an Indian classical dance. Prices: single class $25/all six $84–in between reduces per class with each added class.
GET SOME DOUGH!! Financial aide is still available to help you attend the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley. Funds are available NOW. Do not miss this great opportunity! Let us know of your desire to attend as soon as you can. In addition to scholarship aide, IDF@SV offers more ways to reduce your costs: FREE homestays in lovely homes only a few blocks away from the Festival center for all classes and events; bring another dancer to the Festival, and you both will get a discount; members of Dancers’ Group get a 10% discount on all classes and events.This is YOUR time to dance. It is YOUR time to perform in a real, public concert on a program with acclaimed professionals. It is YOUR chance to create a dance to be performed on the Festival Concert. Come dance with us!!