"Soul Cages" - Solo Bharatanatyam Dance Theater by Savitha Sastry
The Southern Theater Minneapolis, MN
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PERFORMING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE TWIN CITIES
Kala Vandanam Dance Company is pleased to host Savitha Sastry in an innovative Solo Bharatanatyam Dance Theater production.
"Soul Cages" captures the cycles of life and death as a journey, rather than an end in itself. At its core, the 'Soul Cages' brings to life, a deeply thought provoking philosophy by examining it through the eyes of mythological characters and ordinary people through the disarming simplicity of a child. 'Soul Cages' redefines not just one's perception of the cycles of life and death, but also redefines the boundaries that tradition has placed on Bharathanatyam.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Savitha is a leading exponent of Bharathanatyam, the classical dance form of Southern India that has its cultural roots in ancient history. Trained by stalwarts Sri Mahalingam Pillai, Sri V.P. and Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan, and Sri Adyar K. Lakshman, she is deeply grounded in the Bharathanatyam tradition. Savitha's mission is to bring this art form to a wider audience without losing its aesthetic and cultural integrity.
As a solo dancer, Savitha is a pioneer in using the medium of Bharathanatyam to create new choreographies utilizing narratives that allow the viewer to be connected with the presentation every step of the way. These performances have reached out to new and diverse audiences around the globe, while the erudite have appreciated her initiative in using an age old tradition in a novel and compelling manner. In the press, she is heralded as a classicist who is not afraid to break tradition, while stretching the boundaries of Bharathanatyam with her innovative use of the medium.
Savitha is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and is an 'A' grade Doordharshan (television) artist. She has performed at highly prominent venues around the world, and was featured in the 2011 BBC documentary 'Sex, Death, and the Gods', about the history of temple dancers in South India.
FROM THE CRITICS: Her performances are straight-from-the-heart expressions... Times of India
Traversing a path few dared possible... Indian Express
Savitha Sastry leaves audience awestruck! Hindustan times
Her movements on stage are fluid poetry! The Statesman
Stunning clarity... Brilliant exposition... A theatrical triumph! The Hindu
One of a kind in the arena of dance, music, and theatre. .. Deccan Herald
Redefining the dance form and its philosophy... Deccan Chronicle
At the forefront of keeping traditional Indian dance forms alive... Afternoon
In Savitha's presentation, the uninitiated novice will but madly fall in love with the art! Asian Age
... Electrifying response from the audience... Daily Mirror, Colombo
REFUND POLICY: Patrons may get ticket refunds within 12 hours of purchase. Otherwise, ticket purchases are non-refundable.
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454