31 August 2018

"All the colors of India - at the The Spirit of Dance Festival. For the first time the capital meets artists from Calcutta


The line-up of the international festival of music and dance The Spirit of Dance 2018 has been increased by artists from India - for the first time the capital of Kazakhstan welcomes a dance project Sapphire Creations, DJ Shakey and multi-percussionist Indrajit Pradhan, reports. Earlier the performances of artists from Georgia and Ireland were announced.


The grandiose dance festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of Astana will begin at the Central Concert Hall "Kazakhstan" on th 14th September at 19.00. The organizers of the dance show are the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with The Spirit of Tengri. Tickets for the unique show can be purchased at as well as at the ticket offices of the Meloman Marwin store chain.

The organizers of the unique "seamless" dance show are the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with The Spirit of Tengri project. The Spirit of Dance is the fourth festival of the project team and the first, in which a greater emphasis is placed on the dance part. The stage of the Festival will meet musicians, dancers and DJs from 7 countries from around the world.


The dance delegation Sapphire Creations from East India is led by young choreographer Sudarshan Chakravorti. The project is experimental: its participants tend to develop an organic, radical, dynamic and alternative idiom of moves. Choreographer Sudarshan and Sapphire Creations have worked closely with international directors and choreographers such as Idan Cohen (Israel), Michel Casanova (France), JS Wong (Malaysia), Jacek Luminski (Poland), Darryl Thomas (USA), Selçuk Göldere (Turkey).


Chakravorti studied such styles as Bharat Natyam, Kathakali and Thang ta from Indian gurus, as well as contempt and other modern styles from the best European teachers. The choreographer is convinced that dance is able to develop a person intellectually and spiritually. By means of dance, Sudarshan draws the public's attention to the major issues of our time.

For 22 years of its existence, the Sapphire Creations artists have toured five continents in more than 20 countries visiting Malaysia, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, USA, Austria, Spain, Israel, Germany, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, India and others. Their shows have been presented at such large and prestigious venues as the John Batman Theater (Melbourne), Impact Arena (Bangkok), Vienna Convention Center, Dance Theater Workshop (New York), Teatre de Vita (Bologna), Jaffa Warehouse theater (Tel Aviv).

"Namaskar, My name is Sudarshan Chakravorti, I represent the city of Calcutta (India) and the Sapphire Creations Dance Company. We are very happy to come to Kazakhstan and participate in the festival Spirit of Dance 2018 in Astana. We will bring the true Indian sound, fusion of traditions and modern styles represented by our dancers, as well as DJ Shakey and Indrajit Pradhan. All the colors of India will be at the The Spirit of Dance Festival. Do not miss! " the art director of the Indian dance project said in a video message.


Multi-percussionist Indrajit Pradhan masterfully plays the tabla, djembe, darbuka, cajon, melodica and various kinds of electronic percussion. The musician is known for collaborations with such famous Indian musicians as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod, a kind of lute), Smt. Jaya Biswas (Sitar), Vidwan S Sekhar (Mridangam).


The performance will not be absolutely complete without a DJ set from DJ Shakey. The musician and the DJ recorded a joint video message: "Hello, everyone, I'm DJ Shakey, and I'm musician Indrajit Pradhan. We are very happy to be a part of such a big show as The Spirit of Dance! See you in Astana! "


Recall that the multimedia show The Spirit of Dance is conceived as an incredible performance with the participation of world stars in the music and dance scene. It will run in the format of "seamless show", which means non-stop. The audience should expect for many surprises: a unique three-level stage, a light show, multimedia accompaniment and live sound.


The main participants at the Festival of music and dance The Spirit of Dance will be small dance groups from around the world. Their task is to show the modern adaptation of their national dance. the dances will be intertwined among peoples: the Georgian dance will flow into Kazakh, and the Kazakh dance will turn into Indian dance. And all of them will be performed accompanied by completely different music: for example, the Irish step will combine with Uzbek melodies. The organizers specially chose very recognizable national dance to show how they can be presented in a new way.


One piece from each country will last 20-30 minutes, between the pieces the audience will see solo performances of world-class ethno artists. The guests of the Festival and the viewers of the online broadcast are waiting for an unusual symbiosis of different cultures, which they have never seen before.


The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural and one of the world's largest projects in the genre of contemporary ethnic music, with a status of a national cultural brand. To date, musicians from 70 countries and regions of the world have been on its stage.  Over these years, more than 120 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. The Spirit of Tengri festivals are bright colorful music shows accompanied by informational art materials and video content. Thus, they are not only entertaining but also educational.


Recall that as part of the Spirit of Tengri project, this year Almaty had great success hosting the VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri. The event was held with the support of Almaty City Akimat and Tez Tour Kazakhstan. The general partner of the Festival was supermarket chain Magnum Cash & Carry. The series of concerts with the brand of The Spirit of Tengri continued at the International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 on June 22-24 at the Amphitheater on the Esil river embankment, as well as the International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 held on July 6-8 in the square in front of the Baiterek monument.

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