Kalamandir Dance Company (501c3) is a contemporary dance ensemble that uses the vocabulary of classical Indian dance to explore new spaces of artistic expression. Instead of diminishing the foundation of our classical styles, we look to investigate their communicative potential when merged with Western dance traditions. Using Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Capoeira, Flamenco, Modern and Ballet training, our dancers converse with movement and create dialogue with expression. We are driven by creativity, human emotions, and a desire to be released from the four walls of our daily existence. Our movement vocabulary aims to create a reachable area for all people to participate and communicate.
Meet the last few artists of our Mosaic lineup – these beautiful dancers will be presenting original work for The Mosaic Dance Festival 2013 !
Patrick Suzeau – Reviewed as a ʺvery special performer…prodigious techniqueʺ (Dance Magazine) ʺphysically expressive, a pleasure to watchʺ (The New York Times) Suzeau is a professor of Dance at the University of Kansas. His early career includes Les Ballets Modernes du Canada and Theatre de Danse Contemporaine while in Montreal, various groups and television work while in Mexico City. While in New York he toured nationally as a solo artist for the Affiliate Artists program and performed for Mary Anthony, Pearl Lang, Anna Sokolow among others. He taught at the Alvin Ailey School, American Academy of dramatic Arts, Barry/Klein, Mary Anthony studio, and others. The Juilliard trained Suzeau is the recipient of several grants and choreography commissions from private and public funds, including a Fulbright Fellowship and the Master Fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission. A Certified Laban Movement Analyst, he has been a guest artist at countless universities. Formerly NYC based the COHAN/SUZEAU Dance Company has toured the Midwest (on the NEA Regional and the KAC Touring Programs) ʺThis is what art at its best is all aboutʺ (Arts Indiana). Cohan and Suzeau continuing their international appearances will be artists in residence in Kuala Lumpur choreographing a new work on Malaysian dancers to be performed January 2014. For more information on the company, please go to cohansuzeau.org.
Meggi Sweeney Smith (dancer) a performer and educator, currently lives in New York City. She has performed solo roles for companies including CorbinDances, Nellie van Bommel, Cohan/Suzeau Dance Company, and internationally for the New York Baroque Dance Company. She also danced Anna Sokolow’s 1965 piece Odes with the Sokolow Dance/Theater Ensemble and was part of the original cast for Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater’s The Spring to Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps. She has performed works by the Intercultural Arts Dialogue, José Limón, Wally Cardona, Kate Skarpetowska, Patrick Corbin, William Whitener and more. Meggi graduated from the University of Kansas earning highest honors for her BFA in dance and music minor. While there she received the Undergraduate Research Award for her work in the field of dance history, as well as the School of Fine Arts Collaborative Initiative Award and an honorable mention for the Sara and Mary Edwards Paretsky Award for Creativity. Meggi has guest taught at various festivals and universities in the area and at the Mark Morris Dance Center. She is currently pursuing her MA in Teaching Dance in the Professions at NYU Steinhardt, while teaching and performing. For more information please see www.meggisweeney.com
Transcending Motion is a modern day contemporary performance group comprised of dancers from all genres of movement and style. The company is co-directed and choreographed by Courtney Goerge and Christy Rak-Samson and is the sister group of the Beat Club Crew currently based out of the FUNKtion Dance Complex. TM dancers are encouraged to transcend and move beyond ordinary limits or preconceived notions in their ability and skill set. This allows for freedom of any restrictions or boundaries to help push themselves to find a greater quality in dance, movement and in their own lives. Visit their facebook page here.
juri nishio is a performance artist living in NY. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Nihon University of Art with degree in Drama. She came to NY in 2003 to investigate contemporary and African form and 2006, completed the International Student Independent Study program at The Ailey School. Her work includes choreographed dances with the →
Beat Club gets its name from rising above adversity, negativity, and "beating" the odds. There is no growth without struggle. While Beat Club strives towards a professional career track, emphasis is also placed on giving back to the community and using their talents to help others through charity events and community service. Along with many other charity organizations Beat →
Two more amazing artists in our lineup for this Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 7:30pm! Arielle Rosales, aka ʺThe Urban Gypsyʺ, is a New York based dancer / choreographer / teacher. She has been dubbed ʺExcitingly rhythmic and undoubtedly seductiveʺ by Dance Informa Magazine, and ʺA very intense and wonderful new choreographic talentʺ by Luis Salgado on BroadwayWorld.com. As a →
Let's introduce the amazing artists/companies that will be performing at this year's Mosaic Dance Festival! First up, we have Groove Merchant Drum and Dance! Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble directed by Kim Leary (Alexia) and Dave Merritt performs dances and plays percussion instruments from cultures around the world. The ensemble performs culture-specific traditional pieces as well as our own →
Kalamandir Dance Company, in partnership with Broadway Dance Center, is proud to announce the 3rd annual Mosaic Dance Festival! Sunday, December 1 7:30pm Broadway Dance Center 322 West 45th Street New York, NY Please visit the Dance Festival page for more information. We hope to see you there!