Courtyard Dancers present
Facing East
Painted Bride Arts Center, 8pm
Sept 29 & 30, 2017 Philadelphia, PA

Sept 1, 2017

Facing East, the only Indian dance and music festival in Philadelphia, returns to the city in September. The festival celebrates the amazing richness and diversity of Indian culture. It is presented by the Philadelphia based Courtyard Dancers on September 29th and 30th at 8pm at the Painted Bride Arts Center. Facing East is Courtyard Dancers’ continued engagement with its community for an inclusive and pluralistic South Asian culture in the diaspora.

Facing East brings together a diverse group of dancers, musicians, and choreographers from around the east coast of the United States. It includes performances of various genres of Indian music and dance by leading artists of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Sitar and Tabla. The festival aims to highlight the continuing dialogue between neoclassical Indian performance practices and their contemporary expressions. This festival hopes to enrich the mosaic of immigrant cultures in America by performing India’s multicultural heritage.

Dates: September 29 & 30, 2017
Time: 8pm
Venue: Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tickets: $20 online (

Friday, Sept 29 & Saturday, Sept 30
Akshara, Sreyashi Dey - Odissi (Michigan)
Dakshina, Daniel Phoenix Dance Company - Bharatanatyam (Washington DC)
Abhik Mukherjee - Sitar; Tejas Tope - Tabla (NYC)
Courtyard Dancers, Pallabi Chakravorty - Kathak (Philadelphia, PA)

Akshara, Sreyashi Dey

Dakshina, Daniel Phoenix Dance Company

Abhik Mukherjee - Sitar; Tejas Tope

Courtyard Dancers, Pallabi Chakravorty

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 and 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 on 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.

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