1. Choreography by Bragha Bessell
    Performed by Sonali Skandan at Lucid Impact Salon, NYC Feb.2018
    the 9 emotions of the Goddess Parvati

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  2. Jiva Dance's first short film, Urban Nritta (pronounced: nrit-thah), presents classical Bharatanatyam dance against the backdrop of New York City. Nritta is the expression of rhythm through the body in dance, and in this setting we express the rhythms of Indian classical dance and music as well as the beat of the city where we live and create.

    The piece we perform is “Into the Battlefield,” excerpted from our original work “Mayura: Blue Peacock.” This scene depicts the dance of the mighty peacock, the vehicle of the Lord Murugan, as it prepares to go into battle.
    Jiva Dance produces living, breathing classical art for our time and place, in harmony with the rhythms of New York City.

    Concept and Choreography: Sonali Skandan
    Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Jesse Newman
    Production Design: Kaela Hill
    Dancers: Kumari Mayshark Patel, Maya Kappil, Njideka Emenogu, Poulomi Das, Sonali Skandan
    Music Composition: Rajkumar Bharathi
    Sound Design/Music Recording: Sai Shravanam, Resound India
    Rhythm and Music Direction Input: Bala Skandan
    Makeup: Kennisha Clayton
    Produced by: Jiva Performing Arts, Athena and Giri Devulapally, Ramya and Nandu Narayanan, Arpana Gollapalli and Hans Deyssenroth

    Thank you to all or Wonderful Film Patrons who helped us create our first Film!
    © Jiva Performing Arts 2016 All rights reserved

    jivaperformingarts.org | jivadance.org

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  3. Jiva Dance present excepts from Mayura:Blue Peacock at the Victory Dance Series at the New Victory Theater July 20-22, 2016 NYC
    THIS VIDEO IS WATERMARKED DUE TO CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS WITH NEW VICTORY THEATER UNION STAFF - IT IS NOT INTENDED FOR DISTRIBUTION PURPOSES
    Mayura: Blue Peacock – an evening-length Indian classical dance production featuring Bharatanatyam with original music by the world renowned composer Rajkumar Bharathi and choreography, research and concept by Sonali Skandan. The work, which premiered in 2014, uses classical poetry and
    literature to weave images of the peacock from Indian myths and legends – from the
    powerful ancient Mayil Viruttham which praises the peacock as Lord Muruga’s vehicle,
    to the lilting epics of Kalidasa describing the peacock in the rains, as a reminder of
    Ram’s longing for Sita, to the love songs of Andal and Mirabhai.

    Here is one piece from the evening-length work
    Rain:
    Verses taken from the epic Ritusamharam, which depict the changing of
    the seasons against the backdrop of lovers reacting to the landscape. These verses are taken from “Varsha,” or the rainy season, as the advent of the rains excite
    the peacocks and wake them from their summer sleep, inspiring a jugalbandi (or performing in unison) between rain and bird.
    "A flock of peacocks coo in joyous excitement. With plumage unfurled, they appear ravishing. They now start to dance in groups, kissing and embracing in a warm confusion."
    Press for Mayura Blue Peacock:
    “The interplay of the sculptural and rhythmic aspects of Indian dance was
    compelling…riveting”
    -Alistair Macaulay, NY Times, August 2015
    “captivating,” and “an impressive blending of the strength inherent in the technical
    aspects of the form and the exuberant emotions that exist in the stories being told.” –
    Annie Woller, Eye on the Arts NY, Sept. 2014
    jivadance.com

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  4.   Indian Classical Dance in the Modern World | NBC Learn

    An excerpt from Jiva Performing Arts feature on NBC Learn discussing our relationship with Indian classical dance in the modern world. You can view the full length video at: highered.nbclearn.com/portal/site/HigherEd/browse?cuecard=110980  

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  5. iva Performing Arts presents the Art of Abhinaya. An evening of expression. Here are excerpts from 2 pieces presented by Sonali Skandan, with choreography by Bragha Bessell and Indira Kadambi. The work was supported with a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    1) Javali - Apaduru - A playful piece where a young nayika learns that her friends are talking about her behind her back. She asks them “Because of my fickle minded-ness , I am subjected to this scandal? Which girl is that who is spreading rumors about me? I have not committed any sins! When I went to his house with my friends, people were spreading rumors that he was my boyfriend! Nonsense! People call me an immoral girl just because I often see him on the street and smile at him. Can you believe it! I have known him since childhood, he is such a nice boy, how could they say I am having a good time with him?

    Composer: Pattabhiramaya
    Raagam: Khamas Taalam: Adi
    Language: Telugu

    2) This padam depicts the Kalahantarita nayika – one who is repentant after having quarreled with her lover. She confides to her friend, “He should not turn his face from me, the one who resides in Gopala. Is it right? Please ask him to come to me, oh my Lord. Are there not people who fight and those dame people, don’t they immediately patch up? Aren’t there people who reunite? Oh friend, now? He is so stubborn, he will not come here, even when I bow to him, he will not listen, The arrows of Cupid have become so unbearable to me, oh my friend.

    Composer: Kshetrayya
    Raagam: Sahana Taalam: Triputa
    Language: Telugu
    iva Performing Arts presents the Art of Abhinaya. An evening of expression. Here are excerpts from 2 pieces presented by Sonali Skandan, with choreography by Bragha Bessell and Indira Kadambi. The work was supported with a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    1) Javali - Apaduru - A playful piece where a young nayika learns that her friends are talking about her behind her back. She asks them “Because of my fickle minded-ness , I am subjected to this scandal? Which girl is that who is spreading rumors about me? I have not committed any sins! When I went to his house with my friends, people were spreading rumors that he was my boyfriend! Nonsense! People call me an immoral girl just because I often see him on the street and smile at him. Can you believe it! I have known him since childhood, he is such a nice boy, how could they say I am having a good time with him?

    Composer: Pattabhiramaya
    Raagam: Khamas Taalam: Adi
    Language: Telugu

    2) This padam depicts the Kalahantarita nayika – one who is repentant after having quarreled with her lover. She confides to her friend, “He should not turn his face from me, the one who resides in Gopala. Is it right? Please ask him to come to me, oh my Lord. Are there not people who fight and those dame people, don’t they immediately patch up? Aren’t there people who reunite? Oh friend, now? He is so stubborn, he will not come here, even when I bow to him, he will not listen, The arrows of Cupid have become so unbearable to me, oh my friend.

    Composer: Kshetrayya
    Raagam: Sahana Taalam: Triputa
    Language: Telugu

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Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance creates and presents compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of South India. Jiva Dance sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also…


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Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance creates and presents compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of South India. Jiva Dance sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also understands the need to incorporate innovative techniques to reach diverse audiences. At an intersection of dance, music, literature, philosophy, sculpture and spirituality, the Company sees Indian Classical dance is a holistic art form and holds the belief that tradition is a continuum of evolution and states and hope to invigorate classical works with a freshness and unique voice.

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