Nachle India: Bollywood, Folk and Contemporary Dances of India at Irvine Barclay Theatre
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The last date listed for Nachle India was Saturday May 10, 2008 / 7:00pm.
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The stage at the Irvine Barclay Theatre will come alive with high energy Bollywood, Folk and Contemporary dances of India in Nachle India, a dance presentation by the Irvine based Ektaa Center. Some of the finest talent from the Diaspora will showcase their creative skills in a first evening of its kind at this popular venue. Featuring well known Southland dance ensembles such as NDM Dance Company and blue13 dance company, the focus is on the next generation of the fast growing community of Asian Indians in Southern California. This event is a part of the county wide ‘Imagination Celebration’ supported by the OC Department of Education and Arts OC.
It is not uncommon for immigrant families to enroll their children in classes to learn the classical arts of India. However, over the last couple of decades there has been a new wave of interest in the non classical forms particularly Bollywood and Bhangra. Bhangra is a rigorous folk dance with roots in the northern state of Punjab. Gaining popularity in the United Kingdom in the 70’s, Bhangra music and dance movements have become a staple in the English Club circuit. Rangle Punjab and People’s Bhangra, two award winning teams will perform Bhangra.
Bollywood (a play on the word Hollywood) is home to the film making industry in Mumbai, India. Bollywood movies are mostly musicals with song and dance sequences woven into the script. Dance in the early films incorporated elements of classical Indian dance forms such as Bharata Natyam and Kathak. Today’s Bollywood dance exhibits a wide variety of movement which crossover to other genres like hip-hop, jazz and modern dance. Recent explorations with new sound and remixes of movie songs have created an exciting repertoire of dance. At Nachle India, NDM Dance Company and blue13 dance company, two premier companies of the Southland promise 40 minutes of high energy dancing that represents their unique choreography in the Bollywood genre.
Dance in the Indian Diaspora has evolved over the years and experimentation and exploration is the order of the day. Four graduates of WAC (World Arts and Cultures) at UCLA formed Post Natyam Collective with a passion to explore ‘contemporary Indian Dance, performance and video on a continuum of tradition and innovation, theory and aesthetics, art and activism.’ Dancing with a purpose and message, they present their thought provoking work as a part of ‘Nachle India’.
Raas and Garba form an integral part of social dance during the nine day Navarathri festival in the fall. Social groups of 25 to sometimes over 100 dance together to celebrate the well being of the community. Not seen often as a stage act, Nachle India features the local community showcasing this joyous and graceful dance.
“This production will entertain diverse audiences and also provide an opportunity to experience the non traditional and contemporary dance expressions of the Indian Diaspora”, said Harish Murthy, Executive Director of the Ektaa Center. The Ektaa Center is the first center in Southern California for the arts and culture of India. Based in Irvine, the Center serves the southland community with classes, events and activities that promote an awareness and understanding of the arts and culture of India.