SNOWANGELS, by Deepti Gupta, is a new 35-minute choreography that explores the sacred geometry of snow.It is inspired by the visual grandeur and sensuality of the snowscapes painted by Canadians Lawren Harris, Franklin Carmichael and Tom Thompson. The dance will explore the immigrant encounter with snow and the ongoing experience every Canadian has with this mysterious, aesthetically startling, enchanting but treacherous, phenomenon of nature.
Performed by an ensemble of four dancers the choreography explores movement, rhythm, expression and narrative based in the Kathak dance form. The original score by Nick Storring evokes the stillness and the fury of snow with elements of contemporary and classical Indian music.
Work-in-Progress showing — October 14, 2017. Toronto.
SNOWANGELS will premier in the spring of 2018 in Ottawa.
Performers and collaborators
Aasttha Khajuria (Dancer)
Aasttha Khajuria is a dancer, choreographer and the owner of Root: School of Kathak in Edmonton, Alberta. Her professional training in Kathak began at the age of 12 under the direction of her Guru, Usha Sharma from Winnipeg’s Jhankaar School of Music and Dance. In 2002, Aasttha joined Manohar Performing Arts of Canada as their youngest member. During her time with the company she participated in many dance productions and had the opportunity to tour across Canada with the Kathak and Bharatanatyam production, La Bayadère. In 2005, Aasttha moved to Chandigarh, India to train with Shoba Koser of the Pracheen Kala Kendra. She has successfully completed her fourth year certification in Kathak from the Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Further to her dance training and the creative dance productions, Aasttha has worked as a Kathak and Contemporary dancer on Guy Maddin’s film “The Saddest Music in the World”. She has also advanced her training with Savita Sharma from Upasana Dance Company and School in Toronto and with Janaki Patrik from The Kathak Ensemble & Friends in New York. Aasttha has a strong foundation of Indian dance and believes dance is a blissful union of mind, body and soul. She is the creator of Dance Yoga and has been teaching professionally under Root: School of Kathak to a young group of students for over 9 years in Edmonton.
Reshmi Chetram (Dancer)
Reshmi Chetram is a Toronto based creative director, dance educator & TV host. She is the founder of ReshmiNetwork – and Indo Canadian dance umbrella that houses an Indian dance school ( @TaranaDance) Non Profit (@Natya Arts) that supports indian classical dance in Canada & RN Artist Series that promotes local established and emerging artists in North America. Having trained with her mother, Deviekha Chetram, in Toronto for over 20 years, she went onto further her knowledge in Kathak after being accepted under the tutelage of Kathak legend, Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj in New Delhi, India from 2005-2012. Further to her extensive training in dance, Reshmi is host to television series Bollyit TV on air in Canada & U.S and has been featured on platforms such as BreakFast Television, Rogers TV, Times of India, Toronto Sun and many others for her work in Indian dance in Canada. Reshmi has done work in film, tv, non profit platforms & events that cater too exploring and creating opportunity for artists. Reshmi is serving her community with weekly dance classes from ages 5+, creating opportunity for young artists through development and performances, as well as non profit work promoting, preserving and exploring Indian classical dance in North America.
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Parul Gupta (Dancer)
Parul Gupta’s training includes Kathak, Bharatha Natyam, Urban Dance, Ballet/Jazz and Hatha Yoga. Since 2008, she has been particularly focused on her study of Kathak, in both Canada and India. Her initial training has been under Sandhya Desai and Sudeshna Maulik. For her advanced training she has studied under the esteemed guidance of Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj & Ruby Mishra, and the renowned Kumudini Lakhia. Parul is the artistic director of Parul Gupta Dance Works and Infusion Dance Studios, based in Toronto. Her choreographies are part of the Cirque du Soleil productions “Love”, “Kooza” & “Totem”. Parul’s scholastic degrees include a M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University) and a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology from Concordia University. Her full-length Kathak solo performance credits include the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts), Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, Vancouver’s annual India Classical Dance Festival “ Gait to the Spirit” and Sampradaya’s “Horizon Series”.
Nick Storring (Composer and cello/prepared cello/electric cello)
Nick Storring (http://www.nickstorring.ca) is a Toronto-based composer and musician and winner of the Canadian Music Centre’s 2011 Toronto Emerging Composer Award. Recent commissions include a piece for Arraymusic, Montréal’s AKOUSMA Festival, a solo harp work funded by the Canadian Music Centre’s Norman Burgess Fund, and a solo piano work, Byland, for Eve Egoyan. Dance collaborations include soundscapes for choreographers, notably Yvonne Ng (Magnetic Fields), and Deepti Gupta (The Lion’s Roar).