Sept/Oct 201 issue of Zan Magazine for Iranian American women
PRESS RELEASE: Dance Concert Celebrates Bollywood
Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 students, seniors, and groups. Order by phone: 301-203-6040
Fort Washington, MD. All the color and glitter of the Indian film industry will light up Harmony Hall on Saturday, June 20, at 8 PM, at the ''Hooray for Bollywood'' dance concert. The evening performance, presented by Silk Road Dance Company and guest artists, will pay homage to the vibrant dance sequences so popular in Indian movies like the recent Academy Award winning film ''Slumdog Millionnaire.''
The evening program will visit some of the subjects most common in Indian film choreographies, depicting a variety of human emotions and experiences -- from flirtatious and funny to poignant and touching, from spiritual and devotional, to joyous and uplifting. Richly costumed, the dances feature music from beloved films like ''Lagaan,'' ''Asoka,'' ''Bombay,'' ''Bride and Prejudice'' and others.
Silk Road Dance Company will be joined by guest artists Jayantee Payne and Ahmad Maaty and members of Ensemble Mumtaz and the Good Karma Bollywood Dance Team. Highlights will include a Rajastani folk dance, a visit to a magical temple, a romantic boat ride, a candlelight ritual and -- of course -- a wedding party.
The term ''Bollywood'' refers to India's enormous film industry that is located in Bombay (now known as ''Mumbai.'') Although Bollywood choreographies originally drew from classical Indian dance and folk forms, other genres like jazz, hip hop, and bellydance elements have recently entered the mix.
Award-winning choreographer and costume designer, Laurel Victoria Gray, will direct the evening program. She promises to have the audience up and dancing in the aisles by the finale. ''What better way to forget our troubled times than to enjoy an entire evening of sequin-clad escapism?''
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