Snowangels (World Premiere)
The Lion's Roar
April 6 & 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
VENUE: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough
TICKETS: $23/$15 Students, Underwaged/$8 High School Students
Public Energy is pleased to welcome Deepti Gupta back to Peterborough for the premiere of her newest work, Snowangels; the longstanding relationship between Gupta and Public Energy has included a number of new works, most notably her iconoclastic work, Rubies, in 2003.
Dancers: Parul Gupta, Aasttha Khajuria, Barkha Patel, Noah Damer
Choreography: Deepti Gupta
Score / Sound Design: Nick Storring
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Snowangels by Deepti Gupta, is a new choreography for four dancers (three females, one male), that explores the sacred geometry of snow. It is inspired by the visual grandeur and sensuality of the snowscapes painted by Canadian painters Lawren Harris, Franklin Carmichael and Tom Thompson. The dance will explore our encounter with this mysterious, aesthetically startling, enchanting but treacherous, phenomenon of nature.
As an immigrant from India, Deepti has always been fascinated by the magical transformations of the snow from snow angel to snow drift to snowflake. In the story telling tradition of Kathak, the dance also pays homage to the myths and spirits of Canada.
The haunting original score created by Toronto composer Nick Storring combines elements of Canadian contemporary and classical music with the rhythms of Indian classical music. The music features a traditional Indian Tarana sung by renowned classical Indian vocalist, Ms. Meeta Pandit. Like an aria, it is a soaring vocal solo that paints emotional landscapes.
With thanks to the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.
(L-R) Aasttha Khajuria, Deepti Gupta, Parul Gupta, Reshmi Chetram-Dave
The Lion's Roar
The Lion’s Roar is based upon The Sutra of the Lion’s Roar of Queen Srimala, a Buddhist text written by Queen Srimala of the Kosala dynasty in the third century BC in central India. She became a great teacher of Buddhism and is known for her powerful and truthful method of speaking, which is known as ‘the lion’s roar’. The piece loosely depicts the journey of Queen Srimala as she confronts forces within and without her and ultimately reaches her true being as a spiritual teacher. Although classical Kathak continues to form the basis for this choreography, the movements are removed from their traditional context and reinterpreted. The movement vocabulary is extended to include images from Buddhism and also informed by a contemporary sensibility.
Nick Storring's layered contemporary score poses challenges to the choreographer as it contains none of the rhythm structures and syllables which are intrinsic to Kathak. The music and choreography for The Lion’s Roar have evolved over a long process of referencing the historical text, working with a variety of eastern and western sounds and patterns which are echoed in the score and the images of the dance.
About Arzoo Dance Theatre
Arzoo Dance Theatre is a professional dance company whose mandate is to create and present contemporary dance theatre works using a variety of dance forms from East and West, seeking a new choreographic voice that blends cultural aesthetics, ancient knowledge and contemporary artistic thought. The company brings to life a new vision of Indian classical dance, including Kathak, Chhau and contemporary movement. It celebrates the vision of cultural diversity in all art forms.
Arzoo Dance Theatre was founded and incorporated in 2001 as a not-for-profit dance company to provide a structural basis for the work of choreographer and dancer Deepti Gupta. Over the years the company has created, produced and performed diverse experimental dance pieces in collaboration with many artists and arts organizations. The company is now expanding its mandate to include activities that foster the development of professional Kathak dancers as well as more community-based interactions.