Friday 19 June | 17:30-19:30 | €15,-
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Read more about Performance on Sunday 21 June 14:00
This workshop introduces the participants (any dancers, movement artists, theatre artists and performers welcome) to the Rasa aesthetics of classical Indian dance. The Rasas or the “Nine Moods” of classical Indian dance come from the Natyashastra treatise (200 BCE-200 ADE). These moods will be explained and participants will be given insight into layers of meaning, and taught hand gestures, stylized movements and facial expressions which may be used as tools in exploring each of these nine moods. There will be opportunities for improvisation, and students will also be guided through short series of guided explorations of the rasas. Finally, the workshop will examine how rasas may be used in contemporary performance.
Participants from the workshop are invited to participate in the development and showcase performance of Paromita Kar’s piece “Vignettes of Sringaar” as a work-in-progress. The performance will take place on Sunday 21 June at 14.00
About Paromita Kar
Paromita Kar is a Toronto-based independent dance artist. She is a classical Indian Odissi dancer, trained under Odissi maestro Guru Durgacharan Ranbir of Odisha, India. She is the first in Canada to complete a doctoral degree in Dance Studies. She is the recipient of the Canada Council Grant for Professional Dance Artists (2015), Shastri Indo-Canadian Fine Arts Fellowship for Dance (2011-2012), and the Lawrence Heisey Award (2009). Select performances include Canadian National Exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum’s Asian Heritage initiatives, Toronto International Youth Dance Festival, Caf’ Conc Theatre and La Salle Oscar Pearson in Montreal, the Choreography Festival in India, Toronto International Fringe Festival, the Horizon Soloist Series at Sampradaya Theatre, and the Agha Khan Museum. Dr. Kar also professionally practices dances of Central Asian, Romani and Turkish heritages. paromitakar.wix.com/danseuse