Ready for ReSound? Kathak Dance Festival to Include Workshops and Performances – September 26
September 22, 2021
ReSound, presented by critically acclaimed Leela Dance Collective, will feature a free, pop-up kathak dance performance in addition to workshops to educate and inspire audiences of all ages. The public is invited to experience this traditional North Indian classical dance art form this weekend in downtown Culver City.
Sunday, September 26 will begin with workshops available for only $ 10 at the Diaz Studio of Dance, and a show will be presented at the end of the afternoon in the downtown plaza.
A workshop for children, Les Avatars indiens, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., will introduce everyone to kathak, the classical dance of North India. Children learn coordination, rhythm of movement, music and dramatic expression as they dive into the rich world of Indian mythology. For ages 5 and up, at Diaz Studio of Dance, 3816 Culver Center.
From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., adults will be on the track for Movement, Music & Meditation, with the beauty and dynamism of kathak. Workshop participants are introduced to the technique, movement, music and poetry of the art form woven together in an experience which is meditation in motion.
To top off the festival at 5:30 p.m., there will be a show in the downtown plaza at 9500 Culver Blvd. for everyone’s enjoyment.
“After more than a year of living in fear and isolation, we are delighted to see our neighborhoods and communities come back to life. To do our part, we literally dance for joy – on street corners and boardwalks, as well as in community parks and outdoor malls in Los Angeles and San Francisco., ” exclaims Rina Mehta, senior disciple of kathak legend Pandit Chitresh Das and co-founder of the critically acclaimed Leela Dance Collective.
Mehta’s work is founded on the belief that kathak dance can be a powerful tool for empowerment and social change.
One of by kathak the most notable feature is the fast, punchy footwork that dancers perform by striking their bare feet on the floor using various techniques. Additionally, he is known for his quick spins, dynamic movement vocabulary, uplifting music, and compelling portrayal of characters. Kathak is usually performed with classical Hindustani music from North India, which provides an exhilarating soundscape and a very collaborative environment for the artists. Dancers wear a chain of 150-200 bells around each ankle to adorn their footwork and movements, and to emphasize the rhythmic sophistication of the art form.
Through its performances and educational programming, Leela Dance Collective brings the joy of kathak dance in front of audiences and communities around the world.
Throughout Los Angeles, other places will also have dancing in the streets; free performances will take place at iconic venues such as the 3rd Santa Monica Parkway, DTLA Great Park, Pasadena Memorial Park, Woodland Hills Village in Topanga, and Oak Canyon Community Park featuring kathak dancing at its best.
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