Courtyard Dancers presents
Facing East
Painted Bride Art Center, 8pm
Sept 18 & 19, 2015 Philadelphia, PA

August 20, 2015

Courtyard Dancers presents a festival of Indian dance and music in Philadelphia titled FACING EAST, imagined as a collective prayer and protest that unites us against violence. 

The festival “Facing East” is a modest attempt by the Courtyard Dancers to bring together a diverse group of dancers, musicians, and choreographers who live and make work in Philadelphia and its surrounding regions.  It includes performances of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Sattriya, Carnatic violin, and Tabla.  The goal is to bring these practices of Indian music and dance together to make something beautiful in unison.  Through our arts, the festival seeks to highlight the plurality of Indian traditions and their contemporary expressions. Most importantly, the “Facing East" festival is also a celebration of the robust richness of the local artists in Philadelphia who continue to pursue their art outside the mainstream culture. 

Friday, Sept 18:
Sattriya Dance Company, Madhusmita Bora – Sattriya
Three Aksha, Viji Rao – Bharatanatyam
Amanda Weidman - Carnatic Violin
Courtyard Dancers, Pallabi Chakravorty - Kathak

Saturday, Sept 19:
 Sakhshi Production, Nandini Sikand –Odissi
Aqeel Bhatti – Tabla
Usiloquy, Shaily Dadiala – Bharatanatyam
Courtyard Dancers, Pallabi Chakravorty - Kathak

Venue: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
Time: 8pm
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Courtyard Dancers
“We believe that tradition and contemporary are not oppositional, but are best understood as legacies, connections, and transformations.”
Courtyard Dancers is a nonprofit dance company based in Philadelphia. The company is led by Dr.Pallabi Chakravorty, a dance artist, anthropologist, and a full time faculty member in the department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College.  Courtyard Dancers as a dance collective envisions creating a center for the Indian diaspora and non-Indians to engage with the study and dissemination of Indian performances. The ensemble is a vibrant diverse group of engineers, scientists, teachers and students who together aspire to preserve and push the limits of classical Indian dance.  Dancing for them is a form of civic engagement to connect to the traditional arts of India but within a contemporary framework of aesthetics and progressive politics. Courtyard Dancers produces high quality technical works to reach out to a diverse community in Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia area.  They are interested in creating awareness and issues surrounding art and culture that stem from India but circulate the globe.  Courtyard Dancers also sponsors classes on dance and empowerment for underprivileged children in a semi-urban area called Subhasgram in Kolkata, India.