Gandhi: A Dance Portrayal of the Indian Civil Rights Leader's Life
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A heart-rending debut, a crowd-pleasing favorite and an iconic work are the highlights of Smuin Ballet's winter program XXtremes. For the first time ever in Northern California, the company will perform Jiri Kylian's acclaimed Return to a Strange Land, set to music by Czech composer Leos Janacek. Return expresses the journey from loss to hope with rare elegance and astonishing form. Brought back by popular demand, the company will also dance Dear Miss Cline, a buoyant and colorful romp through the music of Patsy Cline. Choreographed by the company's own Amy Seiwert, the piece features 10 Nashville tunes, including the immortal "Walkin' After Midnight." Finally, Smuin Ballet will pay tribute to its late, great founder Michael Smuin by performing his Carmina Burana. Set to the pulse-thumping cantata by Carl Orff, the choreography of Carmina Burana exemplifies the rhythm, speed and syncopation for which Smuin Ballet is beloved. Learn More
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born at Porbandar, India on October 2, 1869. His contact with people of other religious faiths in England helped formulate his later philosophical tenets. Gandhi found exactly what he needed for the expression of his innermost feelings in the ancient Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. In addition, Jesus Christ's Sermon on the mount entwined itself into all of Gandhi's thoughts and became in effect an extension of the Gita. Of many virtues espoused by the Gita, the two virtues of Satyam (truth) and Ahimsa (non-violence) dominated Gandhi's thoughts and became his creed for life.
When he was sent on an assignment to South Africa, the racial discrimination that he encountered caused him to enter the political arena and begin his unique Satyagraha movement to achieve legal equality for the Indians there. Out of his struggles in South Africa, he emerged as a humanist, thinker, and seeker of truth. Back in India, his tenacity of purpose, simplicity, self-sacrifice and his unifying influence on the people of India made him the leader in the fight for India's independence. His campaign of non-violent, non-cooperation against British rule in India finally succeeded in making India independent.
Gandhi lived an exemplary life as a compassionate and selfless human being who was devoted to the cause of the poor, the neglected, and the oppressed. His spirit inspired the people and enriched the lives of millions throughout the world. He became one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century, finding adherents to his methods among leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Cesar Chavez among others.