Intercultural Residency Series
Fall 2011

Navarasa Dance Theater: Encounter
October 24-29

“…an experience that stunned the audience with its complexity and beauty.” - Times of India, December, 2008

“… Navarasa’s choreography is grounded in traditional Indian dance, but reaches outward. They incorporate modern dance, Indian martial arts, aerial dance, Bollywood’s pop influences — all with an eye for originality and a skillful use of space, sending dancers into eye-catching floor patterns…” - Boston Globe, Sep, 2010

“While her (Aparna Sindhoor) production is sure to cause controversy among traditionalists of Bharatnatyam, she pushes the boundaries in a way that allows expansion of the art form without deserting it altogether.” – Lokyani, July, 2007

Highlights of Fall Residency

World Music Concert

Saturday, October 29, 8:00 p.m.
Navarasa Dance Theater: Encounter
Preconcert Talk at 7:00 p.m.


ENCOUNTER explores different encounters- encounter with the Divine, encounter with Self, encounter with Bob Marley, encounter with Love, and encounter with the Military. The first encounters are explored through dance. Each piece has a unique feel to it ranging from contemporary, modern to classical and folk. The encounter with the Military is based on a story about an indigenous woman, Dopdi, inspired by Magsaysay award winning writer Mahasweta Devi’s story and adapted for the stage by S M Raju and Aparna Sindhoor. ENCOUNTER explores imageries from the history and the world around whether it is the Native American history or indigenous peoples history elsewhere or a modern day occurrence in Iraq or Afghanistan or Rwanda. Dr. Mohan Agashe (veteran Indian actor) says, “[Encounter] is a powerful piece. It is gorgeously staged. The dances are beautiful, and the impact of the show makes one think about it for a long time.”

This concert concludes Navaras’s residency, part of the MusicUnitesUS Intercultural Residency Series at Brandeis University. We invite you to join us in open classes, discussions, concerts, and workshops throughout the week.

Residency Events

Across campus, all events open to the public

Monday, October 24
2 – 3:20 p.m.
ANTH 144a The Anthropology of Gender
Slosberg Recital Hall

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Theater workshop
Spingold 218 (Crawford Room)

Tuesday, October 25
11 – 12:20 p.m.
SAS 100a Introduction to South Asia
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Atrium

AMST 140b The Asian American Experience
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Atrium

3:30 – 4:50 p.m.
SAS 150b Indian Film: The Three-Hour Dream; GS 201a Global Agents
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Atrium

5 – 6:20 p.m.
ANTH 121a Crossing Cultural Boundaries
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Atrium

Wednesday, October 26
11 – 11:50 a.m.
THA 10a Theater as Performance
Spingold Theater Mainstage

2 – 3:20 p.m.
WMGS 5a Women and Gender in Culture and Society
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Atrium

5 – 6:20 p.m.
ANTH 145a Anthropology of the Body
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Atrium

Thursday, October 27
9 – 10 and 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Performances for Waltham students
Slosberg Recital Hall

4 – 5:00 p.m.
Navarasa Dance Theater Informal Performance
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Friday, October 28
11 – 12:20 p.m.
SOC 119a War and Possibilities of Peace
Slosberg Recital Hall

Saturday, October 29
Concert and Preconcert Talk
7:00 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall
Preconcert Talk: Isaac Thomas Kottukapally, speaker. Award winning Producer, Director and Music Director of ad films, documentaries and feature films, Kottukapally received the Indian National and State Film Award Best Music direction in 2011.

8:00 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center
Navarasa Dance Theater: Encounter

Reception and Postconcert Conversation following the performance

The 2011-12 MusicUnitesUS Intercultural Residency Series is sponsored in part by the CDQ Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Brandeis Arts Council, the Office of Global Affairs, Music Department, the Waltham Public Schools and many other on and off campus supporters.

For more information

For World Music Concert: BRANDEIS TICKETS:
Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Senior Citizens and the Brandeis Community, and $5 for students.