STOMPING GROUNDS finale (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

STOMPING GROUNDS finale (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)

  • Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (map)
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STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series completes its fourth year with the grand finale on Thursday, June 7th at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (start time subject to change). This event will feature:
-- Black Hawk Performance Company
-- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
-- Chicago Dance Crash
-- Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
-- Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
-- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
-- Natya Dance Theatre
-- Trinity Irish Dance Company
-- Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

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Natya Presents: Anita Ratnam's "A Million Sitas"
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Natya Presents: Anita Ratnam's "A Million Sitas"

The RAMAYANA is echoed through the DNA of India as an epic, a text, a sacred book, an opera - interpreted through painting, dance, theatre, song, animation, television and film. This ADI KAVYA ( eternal story) has seen more debate, discussion and discourse than any other writing in Indian society.

In A MILLION SITAS, the heroine of this time honoured tale stands at the centre of a power tussle as two men battle with their egos and divergent ideas of duty and honour. It is the women in this retelling who emerge from the shadows and pages of history to braid the multiple narratives of this riveting story.

Anita Ratnam uses every weapon in her creative arsenal. Voice, movement, song, dance, theatrical improvisations and story telling to illuminate the character of SITA. Daughter of Janaka or Ravana? Princess of Mithila or Lanka?. As bride of Rama, Queen of Ayodhya, mother of Lava and Kusa she reveals her many avatars and the numerous lines she has to cross to finally become every woman and yet remain  her true self. Admired, adored, pitied, invoked, worshipped, SITA is the four letter word that shadows every Indian woman until today. A MILLION SITAS puts her front and centre of the onging debate for the recovery of a woman's voice in society.

Concept and Performance: ANITA R RATNAM
Choreography: Anita Ratnam in collaboration with Hari Krishnan
Research and Text: Anita  Ratnam and Rex
Costumes: Sandhya Raman
Carnatic Musician: Sharanya Krishnan
Puppets: Neeloy Sengupta
Props and Staging:  Anita Ratnam
Sound Design: Vedanth Bharadwaj
Recorded music by: Viji Krishnan, NK Kesavan, Bindhu Malini, L Subhasri
Stage Manager: L Subhasri

Copyright Anita Ratnam and Arangham Trust 2010

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STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, & the Chicago Human Rhythm Project
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, & the Chicago Human Rhythm Project

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Milennium Park on Thursday, June 7.

The series visits Chicago's west side neighborhood on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Garfield Park Conservatory. This event will feature the Chicago Dance Crash and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater alongside Natya Dance Theatre and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. Our events are free and open to the public, but if you would like to support the arts and STOMPING GROUNDS, you may reserve a supporter ticket (available March 17).

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Natya Presents: Rama Vaidyanathan's "VIVARTANA"
Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

Natya Presents: Rama Vaidyanathan's "VIVARTANA"

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Dance transforms my pulse to pace with rhythm and I become one with rhythm
Dance transforms the space around me and I become one with space
Dance transforms my body from stillness to motion and I become one with movement
Dance transforms my soul from singular to plural and I become one with the world

Rama Vaidyanathan and Ensemble perform VIVARTANA - Dance Transforms
Concept, Script, and Choreography for all pieces by Rama Vaidyanathan

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STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Milennium Park on Thursday, June 7.

The series visits Pilsen on Saturday, April 28th at the National Museum of Mexican Art. This event will feature the Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago alongside Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. Our events are free and open to the public, but if you would like to support the arts and STOMPING GROUNDS, you may reserve a supporter ticket (available for purchase beginning Feb 14).

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STOMPING GROUNDS kick-off (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS kick-off (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The program kicks off its fourth year on Monday, April 2nd at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, featuring: 
-- Black Hawk Performance Company
-- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
-- Chicago Dance Crash
-- Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
-- Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
-- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
-- Natya Dance Theatre
-- Trinity Irish Dance Company
-- Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

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"Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Mahotsavam"
Nov
12
12:30 PM12:30

"Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Mahotsavam"

In honor of the 1,000th birthday of Ramanujar, Natya Dance Theatre and the Greater Chicago Vedic Society present a day of performances.

12:30 pm: “Ettram Thantha Yatirajar: The Best Amongst Reformers”, a play in Tamil by the Greater Chicago Vedic Society

3:00 pm: “Ramanujarya Divyagyna: The Preceptor Par Excellence”, a discourse by Sri Dushyanth Sridhar

4:30 pm: world premiere of “Ramanuja Darshanam: The Beacon of Spiritual Light” by Natya Dance Theatre

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Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance present: Leela Samson's "NADI"
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance present: Leela Samson's "NADI"

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Co-presented by Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance, Spanda Dance Company brings NADI to the Chicago area. NADI explores the love and longing, the physical changes and the deep philosophy that the river inspired through the centuries-old voices of India’s poets.

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Natya presents: Mallika Sarabhai's "Out of Bounds" + "Finding My Voice"
Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

Natya presents: Mallika Sarabhai's "Out of Bounds" + "Finding My Voice"

Finding My Voice brings to audiences thoughts on global warming, live in relationships, an atheists relationship with the Goddess, sexual preferences and the growing intolerance in the world, all in the strictest and most complex Pandanallur Bharata Natyam vocabulary.

In Out of Bounds, Revanta Sarabhai and Pooja Purohit pose the question: what happens when you dissect Bharata Natyam to its core? The two dancers look for a new narrative, while their bodies still carry traces of the past. We see, in three chapters, a man and a woman transform the pure form of their dance to a story about relationships.

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Natya at Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park
Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Natya at Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park

  • Chase Promeade North, Millennium Park (map)
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Family Fun Festival, a free public festival offering music and arts for children of all ages, features a performance by Natya Dance Theatre on Wednesday, July 26. Join us at the Chase Promenade North in Millennium Park for a bharata natyam performance appropriate for children and adults alike. Admission is free and open to all!

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Mordine's & Co.'s COLLISIONS featuring Hema Rajagopalan
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Mordine's & Co.'s COLLISIONS featuring Hema Rajagopalan

Mordine's COLLISIONS is an ongoing investigation into ideas of immediate impact: tensions between generations, cultures, and climatic changes, featuring choreography by Shirley Mordine in collaboration with Natya Founder and Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan. On May 25 and 26, Hema will join Shirley onstage for conversation and demonstration.

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Mordine & Co.'s COLLISIONS featuring Hema Rajagopalan
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Mordine & Co.'s COLLISIONS featuring Hema Rajagopalan

Mordine's COLLISIONS is an ongoing investigation into ideas of immediate impact: tensions between generations, cultures, and climatic changes, featuring choreography by Shirley Mordine in collaboration with Natya Founder and Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan. On May 25 and 26, Hema will join Shirley onstage for conversation and demonstration.

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Fundraiser for IAHM and "Beyond Bollywood"
May
14
4:30 PM16:30

Fundraiser for IAHM and "Beyond Bollywood"

Natya Dance Theatre presents this special fundraiser in support of the Indo-American Heritage Museum and the forthcoming exhibition "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation", which explores the Indian-American experience and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history. Natya senior dancers will perform "Bharathi: My Mother", with choreography by Hema Rajagopalan. The performance celebrates the contributions India has made to our global culture.

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Ramanujar Kanda Pokkisham
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Ramanujar Kanda Pokkisham

  • Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple (map)
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Celebrate Shri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi with the Balaji Temple and Natya Dance Theatre on April 30: Natya presents Ramanujar Kanda Pokkisham (The Treasure That Ramanuja Found), describing the life and works of the Alwars through the eyes of Ramanuja.

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Ramanujar Kanda Pokkisham
Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Ramanujar Kanda Pokkisham

Celebrate Shri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi with The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago and Natya Dance Theatre on April 30: Natya presents Ramanujar Kanda Pokkisham (The Treasure That Ramanuja Found), describing the life and works of the Alwars through the eyes of Ramanuja.

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Community Festival India featuring Natya Dance Theatre
Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

Community Festival India featuring Natya Dance Theatre

The Kohler Arts Center's Community Festival India celebrates the culture of India with food, beverage, hands-on art-making, music, dance, storytelling, and more. Natya will perform several short pieces through the afternoon in the Kohler Matrix performance space; you can find more information on Community Festival India here.

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"The Oneness in Diversity"
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

"The Oneness in Diversity"

As part of the Kohler Arts Center's Community Festival India, Natya brings new work The Oneness in Diversity to the Kohler mainstage. Natya performs as part of an evening of Indian music and dance that also includes a performance by boundary-breaking Indian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia. Click through for more information and tickets.

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Annual Day 2016
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Annual Day 2016

  • Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College (map)
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Join Natya Dance Theatre for  Annual Day, our fall student performance. Natya students at every level perform for friends, family, and guests in a celebration of their learning. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

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