Cross-Cultural Comparison of Dance: Sita Haran
Free admission courtesy of Target
Performances at 12 and 2 PM.
“Ramayana” comes to life through the second in a three-part series of
cross-cultural dance workshops. Watch the story unfold through Balinese, North
Indian and Cambodian dance with Bay Area dance superstars Gamelan Sekar Jaya,
Chitresh Das Dance Company & Chhandam School of Kathak and Charya Burt.
from the word katha, meaning to tell
stories. Charlotte Moraga of Chitresh Das Dance Co. will perform an excerpt
from the “Ramayana” — Pandit Chitresh Das’ Sita Haran, the Abduction of Sita — in a traditional Kathak
solo. Rama, Lakshmana and Sita are in the Panchavati forest when the
demon Maricha, disguised as a golden deer, tempts Sita and distracts Rama so
that Ravana can steal her away, setting in motion fateful events. On the
surface it appears to be a fairytale of good and evil, but the ambiguity
beneath has many layers. In a Kathak solo, the dancer portrays
all the characters in a story using abhinaya (facial expression), hastaks
(hand movements) and dance. Afterward, families can learn some of this
fascinating Kathak vocabulary in a workshop with members of the Chhandam Youth
Dance Company (CYDC).
Moraga is a critically acclaimed Kathak dancer and educator. For 25
years, she has performed with the Chitresh Das Dance Company as principal
dancer in Pandit Das’ celebrated works: Sita
Haran, East as Center, India Jazz Progressions, Pancha Jati, Darbar, Sampurnam, Yatra and Shiva. A choreographer in her own right, she has created work
for CYDC and in her collaborations: Conference
of Birds, with composer and saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan, and Sangam, with tap dancer Chloe Arnold.
She is currently the director of CYDC and co-artistic director of Chitresh Das
Dance Company & Chhandam School of Kathak.