A unique evening of dance

Staff writer
April 18, 2014 01:00 AM

Shakti Dance from Vancouver presents a performance of Five Faces next Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons.

Shakti Dance from Vancouver presents a performance of Five Faces next Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons.

The performance is a montage of five unique Bharata Natyam dance performances by Anusha Fernando and Sujit Vaidya, written and narrated by Anusha Fernando, with visual art by Sue Leibik.

This feast for the senses includes dance, South Indian classical music, visual art and poetry. By exploring the mythology and songs that underpin Bharata Natyam's dance repertoire, this unique presentation of solo and duet work highlights Bharata Natyam`s contemporary relevance.

Bharata Natyam Indian classical dance is one of the most ancient forms of sacred dance and a highly evolved mind-body practice. It was originally performed by women, called Devadasis, who danced as an offering to god in the temples of South India.

In its recent history, Bharata Natyam has moved from the temple onto the concert stage and is practiced and performed all over the world. Despite its evolution, the temple roots of this form run deep. The traditional repertoire focuses on spiritual themes like the experience of suffering and the potential for liberation. This cherished dance form of India is characterized by humility, discipline and rigorous technique.

Shakti Dance Society was formed in Vancouver in 2004 to promote Bharata Natyam through performance and training with an emphasis on innovation within tradition.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, senior and arts workers available at Gaia's Fair Trade in Gibsons.

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