inDANCE presents world premiere
The Book of Sandalwood
Al Green Theatre, 7pm
May 16, 2015 Toronto
Photos: Irina Popova

March 24, 2015

Festival of South Asian Literature and the Arts presents inDANCE in THE BOOK OF SANDALWOOD.

Toronto-based dance company inDANCE announces the world premiere of The Book of Sandalwood, a novel and lyrical Bharatanatyam performance featuring a cast of twelve dancers and musicians.

The Book of Sandalwood traverses the lush and diverse landscape of classical, colonial and contemporary South Asian poetry including Kalidasa’s Ritusamhara
from the fifth century in Sanskrit, as well as Sivakkolundu Desikar’s Sarabhendra Bhupala Kuranvanji in Tamiland, Chitrakavi Sivarama Rao’sTanjavuri  Hori Lavani in Marathi, both from the nineteenth century. The performance also features an original contemporary verse by Singapore’s V. Balakrishnan in memory of FSALA’s founding member the late Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam, set to an inventive music score composed by Delhi-based Sudha Raghuraman.

The virtuosic choreography animates the literary fragrance of the poetry, showcasing the sensuous exuberance of both the courtesan (devadasi) repertoire and modern representations of Bharatanatyam.

The Book of Sandalwood has been commissioned by the Festival of South Asian Arts and Literature (FSALA).

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Canada, 7pm

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inDANCE acknowledges this commission by FSALA 2015, along with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and The Bank of Montreal for the creation and production of The Book of Sandalwood.

"...intense and knowingly multicultural, arresting...shows real accomplishment, charm and liveliness..."
The New York Times

“At curtains down on an evening of classicism and class, there was one thing one could take away from this performance- no matter the geography- with dedication, sincerity and an open mind to experimenting with traditional arts, excellence can be attained"
The Indian Express

“…irresistibly spirited ensemble…rarely has Bharatanatyam inspired dance seemed so much fun, for performers and audience alike"
Dance International