Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization presents:
Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2012 (September 20-23, 2012)
A part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 2012/2013.
Canadian artists gather in celebration of the art of Kathak
July 4, 2012 – Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization is proud to announce its 5th annual Kathak Mahotsav Canada – ancient traditions to contemporary expressions, from September 20th to 23rd, 2012 at Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2012, now in its fifth year, is a festival of Kathak dance that is modeled after the springtime “Durbars” of the Moghul courts. It is a gathering of Canadian Kathak artists in celebration of the art of Kathak, showcasing the adaptability and relevance of classical Kathak styles, from its temple origins to the present.
The festival will include evening performances by prominent Canadian and international Kathak artists at 8pm on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and a closing matinee performance on September 23rd at 4pm. Not to be missed is the choreographers’ dance talk ‐ Choreographic Process Revealed ‐ at 3pm on Sunday, September 23rd.
This year’s programme features four concerts with different artists performing each night. The acts include duets and solos by Hemant and Vaishali Panwar, Sudeshna Maulik and Anjali Patil, Parul Gupta, Reshmi Chetram, and a special guest from India, Sayanee Chavda.
Ticket Prices: Adult single ticket ($30.50), Adult 4‐evening‐concert package ($108), discounted single ticket ($25) available for seniors, student and group booking. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com or call 416-973-4000 to book tickets.
The Kathak Mahotsav furthers Artist Director Rina Singha’s vision of sharing with Canadian dance audiences the lyrical beauty and subtleties that distinguish Kathak from other dance forms, and provide a deeper understanding of the rhythmic and narrative elements of Kathak. In 1998 and 2002, RSKDO, in partnership with the Music Gallery, presented the Legacies in Dance Festivals to highlight similarities and differences between Kathak and selected non‐western classical dance forms. Since 2008, RSKDO has focused its energy solely on Kathak by starting Kathak Mathosav Canada, an annual gathering of Kathak artists showcasing the wide range and varieties of Kathak styles in Canada.
Artistic Director Rina Singha’s extraordinary career as a solo Kathak performer and choreographer spans upwards of five decades. Recognized as one of Canada’s eminent dance artists, she has earned international acclaim and recognition for the elegant beauty and purity of her technique and the skill and wisdom of her interpretative powers.
Because of her own experiences as a struggling immigrant artist, Singha has made it her life mission to find ways to cross cultural barriers and to share the intricacies her art with audiences.
Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization is grateful for the support of Ontario Arts Council. Kathak Mahotsav 2012 is proud to be a part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 2012/2013.
Harbourfront Centre is passionate about dance. NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance to Toronto audiences, showcasing the depth, energy and diversity of established and emerging choreographers and companies. The 2012-13 season, running September to May, offers an incredible spectrum of dance. Harbourfront Centre supports Canada’s I Love Dance manifesto. For more information visit http://www.ilovedancecanada.wordpress.com
Venue: Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Date and Time:
Thursday, September 20 – Saturday, September 22 at 8pm
Sunday, September 23 at 4pm (Pre‐show talk, Choreographic Process Revealed, at 3pm)
Ticket Price: $25‐$30.50
Box Office: www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Canadian artists gather in celebration of the art of Kathak, adapting its temple origins to the present. Different performances and artists every night! Pre‐show Talk with Choreographers on Sunday, September 23rd.
The Ontario Arts Council, Harbourfront centre, NextSteps 12/13, Dance Umbrella of Ontario.
Media contact: Annie Tse, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, 416‐504‐6429 x22