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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble At the Markham Theatre

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Śriyaḥ, A decade of dance making.
Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 8:00PM
Tickets: $54, $49, and $47

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Enchanting and transformative, India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is regarded worldwide as one of the foremost dance companies in the world. The ensemble, which hails from Southern India, transports viewers to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality with the sensuous flow of Odissi, the oldest of India’s classical dance forms. Surupa Sen’s compelling choreography is the elusive union of meaning and abstraction, set to an original score and performed to live music by a stunning ensemble of female dancers. The New York Times calls it “one of the most luminous dance events of the year!” Nrityagram Dance Ensemble perform at the Markham Theatre at 8:00PM on Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Passion shines in every exquisitely polished move of this dynamic dance force. In this mezmerizing performance, Nrityagram dancers present Sriyaḥ, a selection of works created over a decade by Artistic Director, Surupa Sen. The Sanskrit word Sriyah means from Śrī (beginning). Nrityagram's creative journey started in 2000 with the piece, Śrī in search of the Goddess. It was followed by Ansh(2004), Sacred Space (2006) and Pratima: Reflection (2008). Śriyah will include dances from each of these works including Vibhakta from Pratima: Reflection which Joan Acocella of The New Yorkerlisted in "The 10 best dance performances of 2008".

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is much more than a dance company. At Nrityagram, dance is a way of life. In its ashram-like compound in the Indian countryside, the dancers eat, sleep, and breathe classical dance, existing as a unique community dedicated to the education, preservation, and development of Indian dance. The founder, Protima Gauri - an exquisite Odissi dancer herself - converted ten acres of farmland into an ideal setting for the study, practice and teaching of classical dance. Nrityagram Dance Ensemble blends Odissi, a classical Indian dance form, with contemporary concepts to transport audiences to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality. Since 1996, the year of their life-changing New York debut, The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble have toured exentsively across North America. Their performances, which are infused with exceptional synchronicity, compelling physicality and emotional honesty, have earned the ensemble international acclaim for its ability to redefine both dance and theater, and to create and communicate with powerful imagery and captivating movement.

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is also featured in Markham Theatre’s Discovery Education Outreach Program. This new program makes available a select number of school matinees and artist-in-residence workshops. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble presentation takes place at 10:30AM on Wednesday, March 23rd. Tickets for this community based school event are $10 + HST. For more information, please contact Suzanne Couture at 905-415-7537 ext 5700 or email:

About the Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Markham Theatre is an intimate 530 seat, state-of-the-art performance facility that attracts the best and brightest stars from around the global. With over 60 performances featuring artists and productions from Asia, South Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, the United States andCanada, the 2010/2011 program is arguably one of the theatre’s most diverse and exciting line-ups to date. Easily accessible, the Markham Theatre is located only 30 minutes from the downtown core and offers world-class entertainment at your doorstep. Flexible package options, student discounts and complimentary parking are available.

The Markham Theatre’s 26th Annual Season is proudly presented by Flato Developments Inc. Media sponsorship is provided by YRMG, Rogers TV, and Classical 96.3 FM.



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