Leela Dance Collective
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One Performance = $1,475
Two Performances = $1,900
Three Performances = $2,300
Four Performances = $2,750
Capacity = 500
About Leela Dance Collective
Leela Dance Collective is an internationally touring dance company that advances kathak, classical dance from North India. Leela Dance Collective has garnered critical acclaim under the artistic direction of renowned kathak artists Rukhmani Mehta (formerly Rina Mehta), Seibi Lee, and Rachna Nivas. Through traditional works and cross-genre collaborations, the Collective brings the richness and depth of Indian classical dance to audiences worldwide.
Age level: All ages
Imagine India begins with a traditional invocation to evoke courage and strength. This focuses the dancers to perform their opening dynamic and rhythmic dance called “Malkauns Tarana.” Students then have the opportunity to learn hand gestures (mudras) through the telling of a traditional story of how a young boy named Krishna cleverly defeated the evil creature Kalia Daman. “Thaat,” a classic piece from India’s medieval era, demonstrates the distinctions and characteristics of the northwestern and northeastern styles of kathak. From medieval India, the performance progresses to modern India where dance and music moved from the courts onto performance areas in front of an audience. “Kathak Yoga” is a 20th century composition that highlights the thrilling dynamics of classical dance and music of Northern India. The final piece features a sawaal-jawaab (call and response) between the dancers and the musicians. Throughout the performance, students learn about other traditions, such as dress, ghungroos (ankle bells worn by dancers), footwork patterns, hand gestures and facial expressions (abhinaya).
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Prices good until June 30, 2024. Prices are for assemblies in schools during regular school hours. Performances outside these parameters may incur an additional fee. Grant funding for schools may be available to offset assembly prices. Contact us for further information.