Rasa classical Indian dance- Term 1 2019

Rasa classical Indian dance- Term 1 2019

from 140.00

Starting week of 11 February

Rasa dance is classical Indian dance theatre interpreted in an accessible way using the framework of expression of feelings (Rasas) as the inspiration. It draws from ancient Indian temple dance practices. It is a fun way to discover the myths, stories, music and traditional dance of India.

Classes for adult beginners. No previous experience of dance required.

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Rasa dance is classical Indian dance theatre interpreted in an accessible way using the framework of expression of feelings (Rasas) as the inspiration. It draws from ancient Indian temple dance practices. It is a fun way to discover the myths, stories, music and traditional dance of India.

The beginners class will focus on teaching choreography based on the introductory invocation dance in traditional Indian dance theatre. The dance brings attention to the space of performance through the attendant archetypes of the various directions including Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer and Siva the destroyer. Through dance we also enter the space of Rasa, where feelings are expanded to allow connection to larger narratives and stories.

The classes will be taught by Padma Menon, who is one of the foremost exponents of Indian dance theatre. Padma brings to her teaching decades of performance and teaching experience all over the world. Her approach links dance to the philosophy in an accessible way. Her classes invite you to an experience of depth, authenticity and joy.

No previous experience of dance is necessary.

Introductory Workshops FREE (emailing attendance is essential)
Tuesday 12 February 6-7 pm &
Saturday 16 February 10-11 am

8 week term
Tuesdays 6-7 pm &/or Saturdays 10-11 am. You can attend one or both classes for the same fee.

Siva: The ascetic dancer. A dance contemplation on the Indian archetype Siva, who is both destroyer and creator, ascetic and dancer. Like many archetypal spaces of contemplation, he invites us to dissolve polarities through embodied feeling spaces.