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Sampradaya Dance Creations
Launch of 30th Anniversary Year
July - Dec 2019
Canada, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh

June 20, 2019

Sampradaya Dance Creations (SDC) marks its 30th anniversary year with a series of extraordinary projects that celebrate the company's long history of dance productions, national and international touring, professional development of emerging artists, presentation of local and international artists and community engagement initiatives.

SDC is an award-winning dance company that has shifted the paradigm for South Asian dance in Canada under the visionary leadership of its Artistic Director, Lata Pada, who has recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississauga Arts Council.

Lata has redefined the classical movement discipline of Bharatanatyam to be a contemporary expression responding to current realities and relevance. Re-imagining and reshaping the dynamic of Bharatanatyam, SDC creates dance that is bold and thought-provoking while being compelling and engaging. The company has successfully created unique inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary dance works that challenge how Indian dance is perceived. Ranging from personal autobiographical narratives to the immigrant experience, from historical to political, from sport to popular culture, the Company's work spans a diverse range of solo and ensemble work.

MOMENTUM - A four-city National Symposium
Dates: July 2019
Venue Cities: Mississauga, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver

To continue imagining a new future for Indian Dance in Canada, and following the success of SDC's 25th anniversary national dance symposium 'Beyond Boundaries', MOMENTUM is an unprecedented multi-city dance symposium and intensive with special focus on the classical forms of Bharatanatyam and Kathak and is supported by a Sector Development Grant by the Canada Council For The Arts.

With master teachers Parshwanath Upadhye (Bharatanatyam) and Sanjukta Sinha (Kathak), internationally renowned dancers conducting workshops for intermediate and advanced dance artists in each of the four cities and Nova Bhattacharya teaching workshops in Career Development and Contemporary Expression in Indian Dance, it provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists. The master teachers will also showcase their own work through evening performances. There is also performance opportunities provided for emerging artists in each of the cities.

Responding to the demand for a national networking and professional development forum, in particular, for emerging dancers and dance organizations, SDC will also organize panel discussions/ round tables and career development workshops by thought leaders from the dance industry. Its symposium that is supported by partners in each of the three cities will be designed to suit the realities of each of the cities. This event will be launched in the City of Mississauga.

*Mississauga, July 6- 11, 2019 - Sampradaya Dance Creations
*Ottawa, July 13 -14, 2019 - Partners Upasana Dance Company, Jayadev Raju on behalf of Manohar Performing Arts, Winnipeg
*Edmonton, July 20 - 25, 2019 - Usha Kala Niketan and Sanskriti Temple of Fine Arts
*Vancouver, July 27-31, 2019 - The Dance Centre


Date: Saturday, October 19 and Thursday November 7, 2019
Venue: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga and Flato Markham Theatre, Markham

Sampradaya Dance Creations celebrates its 30th anniversary with MANDALA - a daring kinetic work, performed by six virtuosic dancers and four acclaimed musicians.

MANDALA opens up a portal, revealing the sacred geometry mapping our cosmos, as it brings to life a performed meditation in dance. Bridging the yantras of Hinduism and the sand mandalas of Tibetan Buddhist practice, the artists consecrate the stage with dynamic movement and evocative music. In the creation of this contemporary work - each movement, each gesture, each dancer is invested with the power of expressing the micro within the macro, the consecration of the space and the body to a divine purpose.


Dates: November - December 2019
Indonesia - Bali, Surabaya, Jakarta
India - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Kolkata
Bangladesh - Dhaka

PRALAYA - SDC's celebrated Indo-Balinese collaboration tours three countries in its 30th Anniversary year. This unprecedented confluence of Indian and Balinese performing arts, celebrates the eternal importance of the Mahabharata in South East Asia.

Universal and timeless, PRALAYA tells a tale of dynastic conflict, of earth-shattering chaos through the evocative use of projected visuals, masks and shadow puppets.


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