Summer Adult Class Session #2
Jul
6
to Aug 24

Summer Adult Class Session #2

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Natya is excited to offer Adult beginner classes in Chicago - Saturdays at 10AM at the Menomonee Club! Our Summer Adult Class Session #2 runs July 6th - August 24th, 2019! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

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Natya Presents: "Tad-Bharatham" by Nirupama-Rajendra & Abhinava Dance Company Bangalore
Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Natya Presents: "Tad-Bharatham" by Nirupama-Rajendra & Abhinava Dance Company Bangalore

TICKETS ON SALE!

Tad-Bharatham
That! is India


NIRUPAMA -RAJENDRA &
ABHINAVA DANCE COMPANY BANGALORE

Tad-Bharatham is a dance production that features highly cherished aspects of India and her glorious culture that has spread out in a time span of around six thousand years. Tad-Bharatham takes you on a journey through nature and culture using the artistic media of music, dance, and literature. Performed by a brilliant team of ten dancers, the production features elements drawn from India’s classical literature including the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata exploring various sentiments of love, valour, anger, laughter, and celebration.

"One of the Best performances seen in India"
- Shri.R.Venkataraman, Former President of India

“ Nirupama & Rajendra have a very infectious passion for art”
- Oscar Awardee, Music Composer A. R. Rahman

THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Nirupama and Rajendra, the dynamic and spellbinding dancing couple from Bangalore-India have over the years created a wave of excitement on the Indian dance scene. With their own worldwide successful dance company ‘Abhinava Dance Company’ firmly established as one of India’s most popular and cutting-edge production houses, the duo have been credited with injecting a great deal of innovation, creativity, enthusiasm and imagination to Classical dance. Nirupama & Rajendra are actively involved as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors & producers for over 25 years performing to more than 7 million people across 5 continents.

CREDITS

Program: Tad Bharatham
Text: Shatavadhani Dr.R Ganesh
Music: Praveen D Rao, Mysore Manjunath, Pravin Godkhindi & Anoor Anantha Krishnma Sharma
Choreography: Nirupama & Rajendra, Padmabhushan Kumudini Lakhia
Dancers: Nirupama Rajendra, T D Rajendra, Ashwin J Prabhath, Deepa Devasena, Naveen R Hegde, Neha Seshadrinath, Ramyashree, Rohini Prabhath, Sanjana Ravi and Shreya Vathsa
Technical Director: Ajay Vijendra
ADC Tour Supported By: Infosys Foundation and GMR Group

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"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere

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Get 20% off single tickets during the Early Bird Sale (July 1st - August 1st)!

Chicago cultural treasure Natya Dance Theatre debuts a world premiere on the Dance Center stage with INAI–The Connection. A partnership between Natya’s Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan and Astad Deboo, a pioneer of modern dance in India who has worked with figures from Pink Floyd to Pina Bausch, the work will explore how to find connection with each other and oneness with the self. Eminent live musicians led by Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India, a life-size puppet, Deboo, and Rajagopalan herself will perform in this continent-crossing collaboration. “INAI – The Connection" --A World-Premiere reinterprets narratives from Hindu theology and mythology that reiterates the fact that all beings in this universe are connected, thus if we tear down the walls we will find oneness. This dance theatre work, based in Bharata Natyam (Dance Theater of India) and contemporary Indian Dance, features eminent musicians from India, spoken word and life-size puppets.

Dancers: Astad Deboo, Hema Rajagopalan, Emma Draves, Vidya Govind, Shantha Nair, Asha Rowland, Samsul, and Pawan Wagmare

Choreography: Astad Deboo and Hema Rajagopalan,

Music: Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India

Concept and Script: Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Puppeteer: Pawan Wagmare

Costumes:  Sandhya Raman  

Lighting: Dustin Derry, Sarah Lachner

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"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere

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Get 20% off single tickets during the Early Bird Sale (July 1st - August 1st)!

Chicago cultural treasure Natya Dance Theatre debuts a world premiere on the Dance Center stage with INAI–The Connection. A partnership between Natya’s Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan and Astad Deboo, a pioneer of modern dance in India who has worked with figures from Pink Floyd to Pina Bausch, the work will explore how to find connection with each other and oneness with the self. Eminent live musicians led by Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India, a life-size puppet, Deboo, and Rajagopalan herself will perform in this continent-crossing collaboration. “INAI – The Connection" --A World-Premiere reinterprets narratives from Hindu theology and mythology that reiterates the fact that all beings in this universe are connected, thus if we tear down the walls we will find oneness. This dance theatre work, based in Bharata Natyam (Dance Theater of India) and contemporary Indian Dance, features eminent musicians from India, spoken word and life-size puppets.

Dancers: Astad Deboo, Hema Rajagopalan, Emma Draves, Vidya Govind, Shantha Nair, Asha Rowland, Samsul, and Pawan Wagmare

Choreography: Astad Deboo and Hema Rajagopalan,

Music: Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India

Concept and Script: Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Puppeteer: Pawan Wagmare

Costumes:  Sandhya Raman  

Lighting: Dustin Derry, Sarah Lachner

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"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere

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Get 20% off single tickets during the Early Bird Sale (July 1st - August 1st)!

Chicago cultural treasure Natya Dance Theatre debuts a world premiere on the Dance Center stage with INAI–The Connection. A partnership between Natya’s Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan and Astad Deboo, a pioneer of modern dance in India who has worked with figures from Pink Floyd to Pina Bausch, the work will explore how to find connection with each other and oneness with the self. Eminent live musicians led by Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India, a life-size puppet, Deboo, and Rajagopalan herself will perform in this continent-crossing collaboration. “INAI – The Connection" --A World-Premiere reinterprets narratives from Hindu theology and mythology that reiterates the fact that all beings in this universe are connected, thus if we tear down the walls we will find oneness. This dance theatre work, based in Bharata Natyam (Dance Theater of India) and contemporary Indian Dance, features eminent musicians from India, spoken word and life-size puppets.

Dancers: Astad Deboo, Hema Rajagopalan, Emma Draves, Vidya Govind, Shantha Nair, Asha Rowland, Samsul, and Pawan Wagmare

Choreography: Astad Deboo and Hema Rajagopalan,

Music: Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India

Concept and Script: Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Puppeteer: Pawan Wagmare

Costumes:  Sandhya Raman  

Lighting: Dustin Derry, Sarah Lachner

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"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

"INAI - The Connection" a Natya World Premiere

Special, Chicago suburb performance! Tickets go on sale July 1st!

Chicago cultural treasure Natya Dance Theatre debuts a world premiere on the Dance Center stage with INAI–The Connection. A partnership between Natya’s Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan and Astad Deboo, a pioneer of modern dance in India who has worked with figures from Pink Floyd to Pina Bausch, the work will explore how to find connection with each other and oneness with the self. Eminent live musicians led by Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India, a life-size puppet, Deboo, and Rajagopalan herself will perform in this continent-crossing collaboration. “INAI – The Connection" --A World-Premiere reinterprets narratives from Hindu theology and mythology that reiterates the fact that all beings in this universe are connected, thus if we tear down the walls we will find oneness. This dance theatre work, based in Bharata Natyam (Dance Theater of India) and contemporary Indian Dance, features eminent musicians from India, spoken word and life-size puppets.

Dancers: Astad Deboo, Hema Rajagopalan, Emma Draves, Vidya Govind, Shantha Nair, Asha Rowland, Samsul, and Pawan Wagmare

Choreography: Astad Deboo and Hema Rajagopalan,

Music: Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India

Concept and Script: Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Puppeteer: Pawan Wagmare

Costumes:  Sandhya Raman  

Lighting: Dustin Derry, Sarah Lachner

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Meenakshi Sundareshwara Thiru Kalyanam
Aug
18
4:00 PM16:00

Meenakshi Sundareshwara Thiru Kalyanam

Meenakshi Sundareshwara Thiru Kalyanam
Dance Drama Performance by Natya Dance Theatre - World Premiere


FINALE OF THE GSD MAHA KUMBHABHISHEKAM EVENT

Choreography: Hema Rajagopalan
Lyrics: Niranjan Bharathi
Music Composition: Rajkumar Bharathi
Recorded By: Sai Sharavanam, Resound Studio, Chennai
Dancers: Natya Dance Theatre


DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019 • TIME: 4:00 PM
VENUE: SAMA RATHI AUDITORIUM, LEMONT, IL 60439

Free Admission • All Are Welcome


For more information, please visit htgc.org or contact:
Temple Frontdesk: 630.972.0300

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Christine Philip's Arangetram
Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

Christine Philip's Arangetram

Natya Dance Theatre and Sibil and Binu Philip request the honor of your presence and blessings at the Bharatanatyam Arangetram (South Indian classical dance debut) of their daughter, Christine Philip, disciples of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan Artistic Director, Natya Dance Theatre.

Seating begins at 4:30pm.

Free performance open to the public.

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Shreya Magesh's Arangetram
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

Shreya Magesh's Arangetram

Natya Dance Theatre and Magesh Jaganathan and Shashi Magesh request the honor of your presence and blessings at the Bharatanatyam Arangetram (South Indian Classical Dance Debut) of their daughter, Shreya Magesh, disciple of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan Artistic Director, Natya Dance Theatre.

Seating begins at 3:30pm.

Free performance open to the public. RSVP required.

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Bhavika Kagathi's Arangetram and Navika Kagathi's Gajja Puja
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Bhavika Kagathi's Arangetram and Navika Kagathi's Gajja Puja

Natya Dance Theater and Geetha & Rajesh Kagathi request the honor of your presence and blessings at the Bharatanatyam Rangapravesham of Bhavika Kagathi and Gajja Puja of Navika Kagathi Disciples of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan Artistic Director, Natya Dance Theatre.

Seating begins at 2:30pm.

Free performance open to the public. RSVP required.

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Aditi and Aishwarya Kosgi's Arangetram
Jul
27
4:30 PM16:30

Aditi and Aishwarya Kosgi's Arangetram

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Natya Dance Theatre and Sinduja and Raj Kosgi request the honor of your presence and blessings at the Bharatanatyam Arangetram (South Indian Classical Dance Debut) of their daughters Aditi and Aishwarya Kosgi disciples of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan Artistic Director, Natya Dance Theatre.

Seating begins at 4:00pm.

Free performance open to the public. RSVP required.

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Nina Harders's Arangetram
Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

Nina Harders's Arangetram

Natya Dance Theatre and Parul Gupta and Brent Harders request the honor of your presence and blessings at the Bharatanatyam Arangetram (South Indian classical dance debut) of their daughter, Nina Harders, disciple of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan Artistic Director, Natya Dance Theatre.

Seating begins at 4:30pm.

Free performance open to the public.

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Night Out in the Parks - "The Strength of Unity"
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Night Out in the Parks - "The Strength of Unity"

The value of strength lies in being connected just like the tall and strong redwood trees remain connected to each other through their roots to seek support and floriculture for longevity. Join Natya Dance Theatre for "Strength of Unity" a dance theatre work for all ages. Accompanied by live musicians from India, the story is told through narratives of Indian mythology, using Bharatanatyam--a dance theater form of India.

Free and open to the pulbic.

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Night Out in the Parks - "The Strength of Unity"
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Night Out in the Parks - "The Strength of Unity"

The value of strength lies in being connected just like the tall and strong redwood trees remain connected to each other through their roots to seek support and floriculture for longevity. Join Natya Dance Theatre for "Strength of Unity" a dance theatre work for all ages. Accompanied by live musicians from India, the story is told through narratives of Indian mythology, using Bharatanatyam--a dance theater form of India.

Free and open to the pulbic.

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Sanchali Banerjee's Arangetram
Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

Sanchali Banerjee's Arangetram

Natya Dance Theatre and Sourav, Suparna & Shaili Banerjee request the honor of your presence and blessings at the Bharatanatyam Arangetram (South Indian classical dance debut) of their daughter, Sanchali Banerjee, disciple of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan Artistic Director, Natya Dance Theatre.

Seating begins at 2:30pm.

Free performance open to the public. RSVP required.

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Shaili Smith's Arangetram
Jul
13
4:00 PM16:00

Shaili Smith's Arangetram

Natya Dance Theatre and Norm and Sonali Smith request the honor of your presence and blessings at the Bharatanatyam Arangetram (South Indian classical dance debut) of their daughter, Shaili Smith, disciple of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan Artistic Director, Natya Dance Theatre.

Seating begins at 3:30pm.

Free performance open to the public. RSVP Required.

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Natya @ 10th Tamil World Conference
Jul
5
4:00 PM16:00

Natya @ 10th Tamil World Conference

Join us for special performance at the 10th World Tamil Conference at the Schaumburg Convention Center, Friday, July 5th, 2019, 4:00pm! Special registration rate of $25.00 for Natya-guests!

World Tamil Conference (WTC) to be held in Schaumburg (the suburbs of Greater Chicago) between July 04 and 07, 2019 is organized jointly by International Association of Tamil Research (IATR), Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA), and Chicago Tamil Sangam (CTS). The conference is to offer an outstanding platform to display the rich heritage and significance of Tamil language and culture. We expect to host more than 6,000 participants from more than 10 countries.

With the best presenters, the best content, and the best networking, this event will be a colossal occasion commemorating several milestones, including the 10th International Conference Seminar on Tamil Studies, the 32nd anniversary of FeTNA and the 50th year anniversary (Golden Jubilee) celebration of CTS. The Global Tamil Entrepreneurs’ Network (GTEN) will also be participating in the conference.

QUICK SUMMARY OF THE EVENTS:

• Cultural Programs organized by FeTNA & CTS – July 4, 5 & 6

• International Conference Seminar on Tamil Studies – July 6 & 7

• Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Meet (GTEN) – July 6

• “Sagangalin Sangamam” Parade & Banquet – July 6 Evening

In addition to the participants, sponsors and exhibitors representing relevant businesses including but not limited to retail, professional services, etc., and sponsors from industries and businesses that are peripheral and/or complementing the core businesses will also grace with their presence.

It’s the largest gathering of our fellow Indians…. People you can relate to, learn from, and stay connected. Join us in the “Windy City” as we converge in Chicago for the best of what matters most to you and your heritage.

We have made special arrangements for our non-Tamil speaking guests participating in an event coordinated by Natya Dance Academy titled “Sangathamizh Paadum Mangaadha Tamil Marabu” (Evergreen Rich Heritage of Tamil) on July 05, 2019 (Friday) between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Please follow the instructions below to register with a special pricing exclusively for this program only.

INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER:

1. Visit www.fetnaconvention.org

2. Click “Registration” link, followed by “Flash Pay” option

3. In the dropdown menu (in “item” section), chose “Natya Theatre Registration”

4. Make the payment

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"The Internal Geometry" a Natya World-Premiere
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

"The Internal Geometry" a Natya World-Premiere

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

Choreography: Hema Rajagopalan

Music: Natya Musicians

Costumes: DK. Kumar 

Lighting:  Shantha Nair

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"The Internal Geometry" a Natya World-Premiere
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

"The Internal Geometry" a Natya World-Premiere

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

Choreography: Hema Rajagopalan

Music: Natya Musicians

Costumes: DK. Kumar 

Lighting:  Shantha Nair

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"The Internal Geometry" a Natya World-Premiere
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

"The Internal Geometry" a Natya World-Premiere

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

Choreography: Hema Rajagopalan

Music: Natya Musicians

Costumes: DK. Kumar 

Lighting:  Shantha Nair

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Natya's Stomping Grounds Grand Finale Fundraiser
May
31
9:00 PM21:00

Natya's Stomping Grounds Grand Finale Fundraiser

Join Natya Dance Theatre at our Ayoke Pearl Reception Fundraiser in support of our company (e.g. musicians and costumes) scholarships students, and free dance programming in diverse communities across Chicagoland! Please join us as we honor Natya Dance Theatre Founder/Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan

Friday, May 31, 2019, 9-10pm

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Ayoke Pearl Reception (9pm - 10pm): The evening concludes when Natya joins with our partners to celebrate the Women of Rhythm--including Natya Dance Theatre Founder/Artistic Director, Hema Rajagopalan--the women who have led and supported each of our partner companies and the percussive dance community for more than four decades! Desserts, special treats and night caps.

Join us for STOMPING GROUNDS Grand Finale featuring fantastic performances by Muntu Dance Theatre, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, The Mexican Folk Dance Company, Stone Soup Rhythms, and the Trinity Irish Dance Company!

Tickets: $125 (includes premium seating at Grand Finale and post-performance reception)

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May Showcase 2019
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

May Showcase 2019

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Join us in celebrating the artistic accomplishments of our students at the School of Natya Dance Theatre’s 44th May Showcase! May Showcase is one of our annual student performances, showcasing our student’s hard work over the year, and featuring original choreography by Hema Rajagopalan!

FREE and open to the public!

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Stomping Grounds - Irish American Heritage Center
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Stomping Grounds - Irish American Heritage Center

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free and affordable two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Harris Theater on Friday, May 31.

The series visits Chicago's northwest side on Saturday, May 18 at the Irish American Heritage Center. This event will feature Trinity Irish Dance Company and Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, Natya Dance Theatre, CHRP's Stone Soup Rhythms, and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family. Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first serve basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event's starting time. The $5 seats are held until each event starts. Unclaimed reservations are released to people on the waiting list.

Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a "Performalogue," features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.

The featured Chicago companies are:

NOTE:

Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.

Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive. The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.


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Summer Adult Class Session #1
May
11
to Jun 29

Summer Adult Class Session #1

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Natya is excited to offer Adult beginner classes in Chicago - Saturdays at 10AM at the Menomonee Club! Our Summer Adult Class Session #1 runs May 11 - June 29th, 2019! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

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Natya Presents: Jothi Raghavan's "Godha"
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Natya Presents: Jothi Raghavan's "Godha"

A solo dance production strung together with the outpourings /poems /pasurams of the mystic poets Periazhwar and his daughter Godha popularly known as Andal. The dance theater production portrays the devotion and love of the father Periyazhwar and daughter Andal for Krishna. Original music composed by Rajkumar Bharath.

Tickets: General Admission: $30, Student/Senior: $25

To purchase tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17517

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Stomping Grounds - National Museum of Mexican Art
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Stomping Grounds - National Museum of Mexican Art

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free and affordable two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Harris Theater on Friday, May 31.

The series visits Pilsen on Saturday, April 27 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. This event will feature Mexican Folk Dance Company, Natya Dance Theatre, and CHRP's Stone Soup Rhythms. Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family. Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first serve basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event's starting time. The $5 seats are held until each event starts. Unclaimed reservations are released to people on the waiting list.

Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a "Performalogue," features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.

The featured Chicago companies are:

NOTE:

Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.

Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive. The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

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Studio Series #2
Apr
20
4:30 PM16:30

Studio Series #2

Introducing Natya's Studio Series - a new informal, works-in-progress performance series featuring performances by Natya Dance Theatre students, alumni, and company members. Get an inside scoop on what our students are learning in class, learn more about the Natya community! Join us for our first performance of the Series, Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 4:30PM at the Academy of Dance Arts!

FREE and open to the public! Limited seating. RSVP required.

RSVP Here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17301

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Stomping Grounds - Garfield Park Conservatory
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Stomping Grounds - Garfield Park Conservatory

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free and affordable two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Harris Theater on Friday, May 31.

The series visits Chicago's west side neighborhood on Wednesday, April 3 at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first serve basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event's starting time. Unclaimed reservations are released to people on the waiting list.

Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a "Performalogue," features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.

The featured Chicago companies are:

NOTE:

Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.

Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive. The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

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STOMPING GROUNDS - Chicago Cultural Center KICK-OFF!
Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS - Chicago Cultural Center KICK-OFF!

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free and affordable two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Harris Theater on Friday, May 31.

The program kicks off its FIFTH year on Monday, March 18 at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater. This opening event will feature all of the companies participating in 2019 (see below for a list). Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family. Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first serve basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event's starting time. The $5 seats are held until each event starts. Unclaimed reservations are released to people on the waiting list.

Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a "Performalogue," features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.

The featured Chicago companies are:

NOTE:

Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stomping-grounds-chicago-cultural-center-kick-off-tickets-55177442215?aff=eac2

Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive. The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.



Locations and Lineups for STOMPING GROUNDS events:

Monday, March 18 - 6:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center (Kick-Off!) -- 
featuring all Chicago companies

Wednesday, March 20 - 7:30 PM
Harris Theatre - Opening Night!
MAYUMANA - direct from Israel! With guest appearance by Stone Soup Rhythms

Saturday, April 13 - 7:30 PM 
Beverly Arts Center

Saturday, April 27 - 7:30 PM
National Museum of Mexican Art

Saturday, May 11 - 7:30 PM 
DuSable Museum of African American History

Saturday, May 18 - 7:30 PM
Irish American Heritage Center

Friday, May 31 - 7:30 PM 
Harris Theater (Grand Finale!)
featuring all Chicago companies

To support world-class, free and affordable cultural programs throughout Chicago throughout the year, please visit https://chicagotap.org/support/donate-now/.

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Spring Adult Class Session
Mar
16
to May 4

Spring Adult Class Session

Natya is excited to offer Adult beginner classes in Chicago - Saturdays at 10AM at the Menomonee Club! Our Spring Adult Class Session runs March 16th - May 4th, 2019! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

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Studio Series #1
Mar
9
4:30 PM16:30

Studio Series #1

Introducing Natya's Studio Series - a new informal, works-in-progress performance series featuring performances by Natya Dance Theatre students and alumni. Join us for our first performance of the Series, Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 4:30PM at the Academy of Dance Arts!

FREE and open to the public. Limited seating. RSVP required.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/studio-series-tickets-55779468893)

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Lecture and Demonstration - Rajika Puri on the Ballet La Bayadere
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Lecture and Demonstration - Rajika Puri on the Ballet La Bayadere

Choreographed by the great Marius Petipa in 1877, La Bayadere represents a European fascination with Indian temple dancers that dates back to Marco Polo, and reached its height in the mid-19th C with the visit of real devadasis. Join us for a special lecture/demonstration by Rajika Puri--acclaimed Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancer and scholar. Through video and photography, Ms. Puri--who was recently invited to consult on the Berlin reconstruction of La Bayadere due to her knowledge in Indian mime--will examine the portrayal of the Indian temple dancer in Western travel tales.

FREE and open to the public. Limited seating. RSVP required.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecturedemonstration-rajika-puri-on-the-ballet-la-bayadere-the-temple-dancer-and-ballet-mime-tickets-56146451548

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Chicago Kali Bari: Saraswati Puja Celebration
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Chicago Kali Bari: Saraswati Puja Celebration

Join for a special performance by our Junior Company at Chicago Kali Bari’s SARASWATI PUJA CELEBRATION, Saturday, February 9th, 2019!

ADMISSION IS FREE! | FREE VALET PARKING AT THE TEMPLE!

Puja begins 10:00 AM, followed by Anjali, Haate Khari, Arati 'til 1:00 pm, and Prasad 'til 2:30 pm. The Cultural program begins at 3:00 pm at Abbington Distinctive Banquets (3S002 IL Route 53, Glen Ellyn IL 60137).

For more information visit: http://www.chicagokalibari.com/#/

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Winter Adult Class Session
Jan
19
to Mar 9

Winter Adult Class Session

Natya is excited to offer NEW Adult beginner classes in Chicago - Saturdays at 10AM at the Menomonee Club! Our Fall Adult Session runs from January 19th - March 9th, 2019! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

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