Next Generation of SA Dance

Dear Friends,

I am most excited about our upcoming presentation, The Next Generation of South Asian Dance, April 17 & 18. I began the journey of creating this evening of dance working with our city's international dance artist, Usha Gupta. Her last two works, Aalap and KHOJ, featured dancers and musicians from both Edmonton and India. These presentations made me realize that Edmonton's community of people from Indian descent is large, diverse, and encouraging a vibrant community of artists. It made me think, how could BWDC celebrate this fantastic evolution?

Our next presentation does just that. It celebrates South Asian dance from the perspective of Edmonton's dance community.

Four distinct dancers were approached, and all of them were excited to participate. Riya Mittal and Marla Palakkamanil are both Kathak dancers, a classical dance from Northern India. Malavika Venkatsubbaiah and Naren Ganesan are Bharatanatyam dancers, a classical dance from Southern India. 

Riya is collaborating with Ayan Banerjee, a most wild and unforgettable dancer, on a new duet he is choreographing. Malavika is also collaborating on a duet with Indian dancer, Karthik Venkatsubbaiah. Both of these men are now in Canada on international adventures. Marla and Naren are both dancing solo works. Marla and Riya have distinguished themselves in the choreography of Usha Gupta - I hope you are beginning to see the connections! Music for Malavika and Karthik's duet will be performed live by Deepak Paramashivan, who has just completed his second Doctorate at the University of Alberta - WOW!

The creativity in this presentation blows my mind. This is truly an adventure of the new. I really hope you'll join us in this celebration of Edmonton's growing diversity, our ever expanding local arts community and of course, DANCE. I can't think of a better celebration of Spring than to experience such beautiful dance.


Next Generation of South Asian Dance | April 17 & 18 | Theatre Lab in Allard Hall | 8 pm


See you at this fantastic event!


Brian