Asian Dance with Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company
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Acclaimed violinist Leila Josefowicz and choreographer Jessica Lang and her dance company join the National Symphony Orchestra to perform Pulitzer winner John Adams' Violin Concerto in the final program of the NEW MOVES: symphony + dance festival. Called "a master of visual composition" by Dance Magazine, Lang sets original choreography to Adams' melodic and colorful 1993 work. Josefowicz's playing has been described as being full of "zest and fiery personality" (Chicago Sun-Times) -- a perfect match for this expressive, breathless work. Also on the program are Aaron Copland's Pulitzer-winning masterpiece of pioneer life, Appalachian Spring; Michael Daugherty's Superman-inspired Red Cape Tango; and Sinfonia No. 4 ("Strands") by George Walker, the first African-American composer to win the Pulitzer. Learn More
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Both Dance troupes were talented, but the description they used to describe the event on Gold Star was misleading. There was only one solo piece that bridged the gap between the traditional Indian dance and the modern dance. While both companies were good at their respective forms of dance, the lack of cross-over was a little confusing, and my friend would not have come if she knew the majority of the show was modern dancing with no South Asian influence.
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“Expect the unexpected.” —Washington Post
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company is a young dance company that performs and presents Indian forms, such as Bharata Natyam, and modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of second generation South Asians. The company combines the arts with social justice issues both by incorporating the themes into its work and via partnerships with local community centers and schools. The vision of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company is to explore and present dance in its complexity and multiplicity, celebrating tradition while constantly creating new vocabularies in movement and dance, evolving to newer and higher standards.
Singh founded Dakshina in 2003, and the company’s high-quality work was immediately recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA in Dance along with a CMA certificate (Certified Movement Analyst) from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. The company was nominated for Dance Metro DC’s Best Staging award in 2005, was a finalist for the Emerging Artist Award from the DC Mayor’s office in 2005 and has most recently been nominated as the Emerging Performer/Company for 2006 by the Dance Metro DC committee.
Singh has received commissions by National Geographic Society, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gallaudet University and Dance Place. His company has formed partnerships with the leading dance companies of India and has been invited to perform in India in December, 2007 to showcase the complex and varied work they do. Singh was chosen for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship program and the company was one of the six applicants (from a pool of 47) who received the prestigious UPSTART capacity building grant by the DCCAH.