Photos: Divine Method Photography
June 25, 2012
On June 20, 2012, the Sampradaya Dance Centre officially opened its doors to a receptive crowd of wellwishers who were in attendance to celebrate this significant milestone for Sampradaya Dance Creations. After months of construction, led by project contractor Rocco Urlando of Urlando Management, the vision to make the dance centre a community hub for South Asian arts came to life with a packed house of Company supporters on hand to get a first look at the newly expanded space. This project has been generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Department of Canadian Heritage as well as a number of private sector donors.
The multi-purpose studio and theatre space with retractable seating for 100 showed itself as a warm and intimate setting, as the day’s event began with a symbolic lamp lighting ceremony followed by a few heartfelt speeches by notable guest speakers. Among those in attendance to show their support and share a few words of congratulations were the Hon’ble Harinder Takhar, Minister of Government Services, Government of Ontario, Preeti Saran, Consul General of India, Toronto, Dr. Dev Sainani, Board Member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Peter Caldwell, President and CEO of the Ontario Arts Council.
The space then transformed, providing a captivating sensory experience as invited guests were treated to a high energy performance by Sampradaya Dance Creations’ dancers, highlighting the professional quality of the thoughtfully designed lighting and sound infrastructure this new space proudly boasts, thanks to the efforts of Peter Latini, President of 3L Sound and Lighting Productions Limited.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone, old and new friends alike to our dance centre. We want this to be a place for the community to gather and witness the wealth of local and international talent,” said Lata Pada, Artistic Director of Sampradaya. The Company is already filling its calendar with exciting performances and is planning the launch of their own programming series, the Horizon Series, showcasing performances by local emerging South Asian dance artists, in September of 2012. The Company will also explore the possibility of rental opportunities of its space.
Under Lata Pada’s visionary leadership, Sampradaya Dance Creations has established itself as an internationally acclaimed dance company recognized for innovation and excellence in its repertoire. The Company brings a contemporary worldview to award winning inter-cultural and interdisciplinary creations, a large number of which have been created in collaboration with leading Canadian and international choreographers, composers, designers, playwrights and musicians. In June 2011, the Company premièred a stunning dance-theatre production titled TAJ at the Luminato Festival, its biggest project to date.
The Sampradaya Dance Centre (sampradaya.ca) will be part of the 9th Annual Doors Open Mississauga event on September 29, 2012 from 10am - 4pm where the public is invited to visit the space and take a guided tour of the facility. Sampradaya Dance Centre is located at Unit #5, 3250 Ridgeway Drive in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information, please visit the Doors Open Ontario website: http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Mississauga