Natya Dance Theatre presents world premiere
The Internal Geometry
June 14 - 16, 2019 Chicago
May 31, 2019
Rooted in Bharatanatyam, the dance theater of India, the performance explores love, jealousy, anger and compassion. Through highly energetic percussive footwork and facial expressions, dancers create Rasa, a transforming experience.
Dancers: Vidya Govind, Asha Rowland, Amulya Gampa, Rekha Iyer, Shilpa Viswanath, and Prathyaya Ramesh
Dates: June 14 - 16, 2019
Venue: Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
Tickets: $10, advance $15, at the door
Choreography: Hema Rajagopalan
Music: Natya Musicians
Costumes: D.K. Kumar
Lighting: Shantha Nair
Hema Rajagopalan is a Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher and choreographer of international reputation. She is the founder and artistic director of Natya Dance Theatre, a professional touring company and school that has specialized in Bharatanatyam for more than 35 years. Her innovative work preserves Bharatanatyam in its full integrity, developing the art form in new directions and bringing it to diverse audiences all over the world.
Noteworthy among the many prestigious awards that Hema has received are an Emmy Award for the PBS production of World Stage Chicago; seven National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Awards (the highest number ever received by any U.S. choreographer). In 2004, she received the Nritya Seva Mani Award from Bhairavi, a prominent organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. Hema is the first US-based dancer to receive this award. Also in 2004, she was the first choreographer working in an Indian tradition to be selected among leading Chicago choreographers by the Chicago Dancemakers Forum to create new work.
Hema has been appointed by the Canadian government to assess Bharatanatyam dance training programs. She conducts workshops and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the country and is an adjunct faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago.