“Riyaaz“- practice is about our lived experiences. It disciplines the body and the mind so that we can get habituated to movements, words, expressions. In practice or riyaaz there is a constant process of polishing, stripping away of the unnecessary – of the ego. Things become clarified in practice. Riyaaz, an Arabic word, is foundational to the practice of dance and music in India.
In this collaborative production, four east coast contemporary dance companies will perform a joint production entitled Practice/Riyaaz. Using Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Sattriya as foundational training, these companies will present pieces that embody the notion of intentional, daily practice.
Dance Credits: Dance excerpts from Courtyard Dancers, Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Sakshi Productions, Sattriya Dance Company.
Music created for Courtyard Dancers. Vocals: Siddheshwar Bhaumik, Tabla: Chandan Patra
Video credit: Sagar Kamath
Courtyard Dancers presents Facing East 2019
October 11-12 at 7:30pm
FringeArts, 140 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia
Tickets $25 online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courtyard-dancers-presents-facing-east-2019-tickets-68226203411