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 @ 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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Studio Series/Open House
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Studio Series/Open House

Join us for our last Studio Series performance of the year, which doubles as an Open House for you to learn more about our school, meet our teachers, take a mini-class, talk to current students and alumni, and register for classes in the Fall!

Hope to see you on the dance floor throughout this major day of dance and fun!

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Studio Series/Open House
Aug
24
11:00 AM11:00

Studio Series/Open House

Join us for our last Studio Series performance of the year, which doubles as an Open House for you to learn more about our school, meet our teachers, take a mini-class, talk to current students and alumni, and register for classes in the Fall!

Hope to see you on the dance floor throughout this major day of dance and fun!

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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
3:00 PM15:00

"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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"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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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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Sharanagathi: Total Surrender a solo by Vinay Srinivasan
Dec
22
5:00 PM17:00

Sharanagathi: Total Surrender a solo by Vinay Srinivasan

As part of the annual "Adhyayana Utsavam" celebrations, Natya Dance Theatre is pleased to present 2 back-to-back dance performances during Nammazhwar Moksham on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 at 5:00 PM titled "Sharanagathi" by Sri. Vinay Srinivasan and on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 3:00 PM titled "Om Namo Narayana" by Kumari. Veena Murali.

Both the dance programs are scheduled to be performed at Veluchamy Auditorium at the SVS Balaji Temple, Aurora. The admission is free for both dance events. The program brochure is attached with this email for your ready reference. 

Please attend the program with your family and friends and support this year's "Adhyayana Utsavam" at SVS Balaji Temple.

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Om Namo Narayana
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Om Namo Narayana

As part of the annual "Adhyayana Utsavam" celebrations, Natya Dance Theatre is pleased to present 2 back-to-back dance performances during Nammazhwar Moksham on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 at 5:00 PM titled "Sharanagathi" by Sri. Vinay Srinivasan and on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 3:00 PM titled "Om Namo Narayana" by Kumari. Veena Murali.

Both the dance programs are scheduled to be performed at Veluchamy Auditorium at the SVS Balaji Temple, Aurora. The admission is free for both dance events. The program brochure is attached with this email for your ready reference. 

Please attend the program with your family and friends and support this year's "Adhyayana Utsavam" at SVS Balaji Temple.

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44th Annual Day - "Teruvil Varano: Will He Walk on My Street?"
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

44th Annual Day - "Teruvil Varano: Will He Walk on My Street?"

Join us in celebrating the artistic accomplishments of our students at the School of Natya Dance Theatre’s 44th Annual Day 2018! Annual Day is one of our annual student performances, showcasing our student’s hard work over the year, featuring original choreography by Hema Rajagopalan!

FREE and open to the public!

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A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival

Join us for a performance at the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival - November 9th, 2018, 7:00PM!

Be sure to check out the entire Festival which runs November 8th - 10th, 2018!

To purchase tickets to the Festival visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-squared-asian-american-performing-arts-festival-2018-tickets-47603372970

Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv Arts Midwest and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival 2018features three evenings of the art of contemporary performance by American artists descended from the Asian diaspora, including dance, music, performance art, theatre, and more! Plus, the annual sight/sound and taste installation, "Borders"-- a pop-up dining experience featuring a delectable fusion of Southeast Asian cuisines. Featured performers/works include:

-Irene Hsiao ("After Tang Chang"): Ethnically Chinese, nationally Thai poet and painter Tang Chang distilled writing to its emotional and physical impulses, ritualistically copying over words until they formed landscapes and geometric forms, stripping calligraphy down to the abstract trace of the body on canvas. Dancer Irene Hsiao takes the energetic impulses he leaves behind in his work and reads them as a score for movement, embodying these traces in our space and time, considering questions such as, what is the difference between writing and painting? When does the mark erase? How Chinese is this work? What does it mean to write, again and again, "person"?

-Stir Friday Night! (TBA)

-A-Squared Theatre featuring Preston Choi, Carol Ann Tan (title and other performers, TBA)

-Helen Lee (TBA)

-Mai Sugimoto (TBA)

-Natya Dance Theatre (TBA)

Curated by Hope Kim and Cary Shoda. "Borders" sight/sound and taste installation curated by Giau Truong.

Company Info: A-Squared Theatre was founded in December 2006 by a collective of Asian American theatre artists based in Chicago. As an Asian American theatre company, A-Squared Theatre provides opportunities for Asian American theatre artists to develop and showcase their work and talent by staging stories that accurately depict the Asian American cultural identity and experience. A-Squared’s productions and readings also educate the general public on issues relevant to the Asian American community, such as family, immigration, assimilation, social justice, sexuality, mental health, and other pertinent themes. By addressing these important issues, A-Squared creates theatre that reflects the diversity of Asian cultures present in the Chicago area. Previous A-Squared productions include the 2016 and 2017 editions of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival (co-presented with Links Hall and Asian Improv Arts Midwest), American Hwangap (co-produced with Halcyon Theatre), Cowboy Versus Samurai, Ching Chong Chinaman, the My Asian Mom series of short plays, Really Rosie, The Other Shore (co-produced with CIRCA Pintig), The Wind Cries Mary, and Trial By Water.

Artist Bios:

Irene Hsiao is a dancer, writer, and art enthusiast. In addition to this piece, inspired by The Painting That Is Painted With Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, the first American solo exhibition of Thai artist Tang Chang at the Smart Museum of Art, Irene's recent work includes Dialogo Dialogo, in/on/at/with Virginio Ferrari's sculpture Dialogo, accompanied by composer and carillonneur Joey Brink, and The Radiant and the Dead, a site-specific collaboration with Connor Plunkett and India Weston on Emmanuel Pratt's Radical (Re)Constructionsinstallation, both presented by the Smart. She has also danced with the fish in Philippe Parreno's My Room Is Another Fish Bowl at the Art Institute, with the monsters in the Smart's Monster Roster.As a dancer, she has worked with Kinetech Arts, Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Labayen Dance/SF, Lenora Lee Dance, Winifred Haun & Dancers, Erica Mott Productions, South Chicago Dance Theatre, Yin He Dance, and projects by Carole McCurdy, Nejla Yatkin, and others. Her writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, SF Weekly, Chicago Reader, KQED Arts, Bay Area Reporter, Newcity, Cambridge Quarterly, Victorian Poetry, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, Literary Imagination, Modern Philology, Word Riot, elimae, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, and Sweet, as well as in the book Peter Pan In and Out of Time. Her picture book Letter from Taipei was published in 2014. Irene is on staff in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Special thanks to Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art, Erik L. Peterson, Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement at the Smart Museum of Art, Amy Ruehl, Assistant Registrar at the Smart Museum of Art, Cary Shoda, Artistic Director of A-Squared Theatre Workshop, Doremi Feng, Angela Tam, and Urs Schmidt-Ott.

A-Squared Theatre Special Thanks: Links Hall and Asian Improv Arts Midwest

Sponsored / Funded By: This program is sponsored in part by Asian Improv Arts Midwest: AA Arts Incubator and Lunar Ball 2017. This program is also partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Vijayadasami Day
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Vijayadasami Day

Join us for Vijayadasami Day - Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 3PM - 5PM!

Vijayadasami is an auspicious day which is celebrated to invoke the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi, the source of all knowledge. Traditionally, many Indian communities will celebrate this day by placing their books, instruments, tools, etc at the altar and pray, as knowledge is a very important aspect of life to be revered and cherished. It is also a customary belief that any new ventures started on this day will bound to be successful.

Natya looks forward to celebrating Vijayadasami Day with all of our students! On this day, it is a tradition followed by Natya students to offer their respect to their Gurus and take their blessings. We hope to see you there!

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Fall Adult Class Session
Oct
20
to Dec 15

Fall 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 October 20th - December 15th! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

*SPECIAL OFFER*

Purchase the last two adult classes of 2018, and receive $15 off the Winter Adult class session pack! Email or call us today for more information!

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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"

To purchase tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/15870 Purchase two (2) or more General Admission tickets, and receive a $3 discount, using the code: NATYA45

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: Hari Krishnan in collaboration with Anita Ratnam
Research and Text: Rex and Anita Ratnam
Costumes: Sandhya Raman
Music and Sound Design: Vedanth Bharadwaj and Bindhu Malini
Recorded music by: NK Kesavan, Bindhu Malini, L Subhasri, Subhiksha Rangarajan, and Viji Krishnan
Singer/Actor: Snigdha Venkatramani

Copyright Anita Ratnam and Arangham Trust 2010

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Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)
Sep
22
5:30 PM17:30

Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)

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Join us as Natya presents a new work “Splendor of Satya Vrata” for Acharya Sri Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)! Performance - Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 5:30pm

Religious and cultural progams - September 21 - 22, 2018 - Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple, Aurora, IL

Visit www.balaji.org for more information!

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Kalautsav - Consulate General of India, Chicago
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Kalautsav - Consulate General of India, Chicago

Natya Dance Theatre will be performing at Kalautsav hosted by CGI, Chicago, Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 2:00pm.

CGI Chicago, Cordially invites you to attend KalaUtsav 2018 on Sunday 29th July 2018 at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601 from 2.00 PM onwards. Please join us with your family and friends in this Spectacular show. 
Looking forward to welcoming you all.

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