Classical Ballet+Indian Classical = Epic Dance

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to interview 26-year old Urmika Devi, a fellow Temple Law classmate about her upcoming dance piece In Dreams,  which incorporates elements of Indian classical with contemporary ballet. The full interview will be posted somewhere on the net later, but I walked away from it in awe of Urmika’s dedication to her art. And I straightaway bought two tickets to the show. Here’s why I think this particular show is going to be amazing:

a) It’s the first of it’s kind to be performed in Philadelphia. A contemporary Indian dance composed by a Philadelphian? Heck yeah.

b) Urmika’s dance troupe is comprised of four (including her)  ballet dancers who she trained for well over a year in classical Indian dance.

c) And finally, when’s the last time you saw a soon-to-be corporate lawyer choreograph? Here’s your chance.

More from my friends at the Asian Arts Initiative:

“For two days, on one stage, MOVING BEYOND FORM brings together three distinctly different choreographers and ensembles — ANNELIZE MACHADO, THE POST NATYAM COLLECTIVE, and Philadelphia’s very own URMIKA DEVI DANCE COLLECTIVE — exploring the boundaries of contemporary culture through works inspired by modern dance, ballet, yoga, martial arts, and the classical Indian dance forms of Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak.”

IN DREAMS is a ” touching three-act story of family and migration as a mother and daughter weave between dream and reality, shifting between elaborate costumes and a set evoking the Indian home left behind for New York City.”

Moving Beyond Form
Explorations in Rhythm & Storytelling in Classical & Contemporary Indian Dance
Friday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.
(Doors open 30 minutes in advance)
$20 general admission; student + group discounts available

[Photo credit: Arushi Terway.]

One response to “Classical Ballet+Indian Classical = Epic Dance

  1. Jacqueline Lara

    Mika, you’re amazing! I still don’t know where you find the time for school, dance and putting on productions, but I know your show will bring down the house! xoxo, Jacqueline

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