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Photo: David Hou
Bageshree Vaze − "Kathak"
About the company:
Raagini Dance is headed by artistic director and celebrated dancer/choreographer Bageshree Vaze. Raagini Dance has an annual season of dance productions, the latest of which WAS Vaze’s solo contemporary Kathak work, Avatar (9), which premiered last year as part of NextSteps 10|11. Raagini Dance's mandate is to produce high-quality work and programming of music and dance influenced by India , and reflective of the Indo-Canadian experience. This mandate includes both traditional and contemporary work, and the collaboration between different cultural and artistic styles.
About the choreographers:
Bageshree Vaze (dancer/choreographer) is one of the most unique and dynamic Indo-Canadian artists today. As a dancer, choreographer and musician, her live productions embody the richness of India ’s vast and intricate culture, with a Canadian sensibility. Raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Bageshree initially trained in Bharatha Natyam, and studied vocal music with her father, Damodar Vaze. She later trained in Kathak dance with Jai Kishan Maharaj in New Delhi. Bageshree has choreographed and performed works in major dance festivals in Canada, India and the United States.
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The performance on Friday, May 25 features an artist talk-back!
Damaru/Mudra features two new exciting dance works. Damaru is choreographed and performed by Indian dance exponent Bageshree Vaze, while Mudra is co-choreographed by Vaze and contemporary dance artist Andrea Nann, and performed by Nann. The two different pieces highlight separately the “Tandava/Lasya” aspect of Indian dance, or the masculine vs. feminine. Tandava is embodied through rhythm, while Lasya is depicted through lyrical movement. Damaru is composed by Vaze and tabla virtuoso Vineet Vyas, and depicts – through live drumming and Kathak dance – the cosmic drum (damaru) of the Hindu God Shiva, considered the drumbeat of time. Mudra means “hand gesture” and explores the 28 hand gestures of Indian classical dance along with contemporary dance and movement.
“Vaze is a brilliant and expressive dancer" − The Globe and Mail