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Sat, Jul 15


Queens Public Library at Hunters Point

Kaleidoscope with Jiva Dance group.

Saturday 15th 2pm Kaleidoscope is the new production by Jiva Dance that looks at nature through the lens of a kaleidoscope.

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Kaleidoscope with Jiva Dance group.
Kaleidoscope with Jiva Dance group.

Time & Location

Jul 15, 2023, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Queens Public Library at Hunters Point , 47-40 Center Blvd, Queens, NY 11109, USA

About the event

Ofrenda Fest and Queens Council On The Arts (QCA) present : The Dance Earth, funded through the generosity of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Jiva Dance will premiere its new production, Kaleidoscope, which centers the theme of nature, as it is evolving from a place of harmony and balance to a place that is increasingly endangered by the ravages of climate change. This is a new work in progress, which will be developed into an evening-length work. Elements, an excerpt of this work was commissioned by the Making Moves Dance Festival (Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning), September 23-24, 2022 and performed at the Take Roots Festival at Greenspace in November. As Artistic Director/Founder and choreographer Jiva Performing Arts, Sonali Skandan will choreograph/develop the expanded ensemble work for four dancers. The work will intermix mythological and symbolic meanings with modern and social messages. The work is based on classical Indian dance and music, but will blend movement shapes and patterns from Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kalaripayattu, a martial art from south India, the Chaari Bhedas, as delineated in the Natyashastra (ancient treatise on Indian theater and dance), and modern dance including Graham technique. Both classical Indian dance and modern dance have a distinct connection with nature, and can beautifully express how nature impacts our daily lives. We will use the concept of the Pancha Maha Bhoota - or the five primordial elements - air, water, earth, fire, and space as manifested by the Hindu figure, Shiva who encompasses all of creation. We share a life force, an essence, and a responsibility. We present a finale which looks at the concept of evolution from the big bang until the present day. With Kaleidoscope, Jiva Dance hopes to create a living, breathing work that pays homage to the beauty and grandeur of nature as well as communicate a message of urgency to respect and honor this beautiful world, to seize the day, take the opportunity to reflect and celebrate our world.

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