COURTYARD DANCERS, directed by Prof. Pallabi Chakravorty, performs in Philadelphia on Sun, April 25

An evening of classical and contemporary Indian dance presented by the “Courtyard Dancers” www.courtyarddancers.org.

“Emo-Sketches” is a journey through the emotional landscapes of love, justice, humanism, and hope using Kathak dance, rhythm, poetry and gestures.

The concert will also feature Mohiniattam exponent from India Priyadarshini Ghosh Shome.

The performance showcase will culminate in a classical Indian dance workshop with the audience members. No prior knowledge of dance is necessary.

Date: April 25

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Mascher Studio, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia 19122.http://www.mascherdance.com

$10, $8 w/ Dance Pass, $5 for students

For more information about the performance contact diditimitra@gmail.com

About the company: Courtyard Dancers, a diverse body of performers, creates and stages contemporary Indian dance theater based on classical Indian and folk dance forms. Our mission is to explore through our works the interdependence between art, life, and labor. In this, we are interested in developing a socially engaged community of artists and audiences who experience art and culture both in political and aesthetics terms. We juxtapose the beauty of the classical forms with pedestrian movements, everyday gestures, utterances, and text to create our own collage of life. We draw on the expressive power of Indian dances to narrate stories of the under-represented and the marginal, the quotidian, and the mundane to evoke dramatic and powerful images of ordinary life. Through our dance theater, we strive for sustainable and pluralistic communities that can acknowledge and bridge differences.

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