Amiguitos de La Peña Presents: Asheba
- La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
Two nights only!
Navarasa Dance Theater was founded by renowned dancer/choreographer Dr. Aparna Sindhoor in 1991. Inspired by the eclectic performing arts traditions, boldly knitting together dance, singing, martial arts, and original music into seamless theatrical presentations, Navarasa’s multilayered, multilingual productions inspire, engage and entertain audiences around the world. Original movement vocabulary created by choreographers Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda along with theatrical narratives designed by S M Raju, Navarasa Dance Theater’s work is specific and universal at the same time.
ENCOUNTER is based on a story about an indigenous woman, Dopdi, inspired by Magsaysay award winning writer Mahasweta Devi’s work and adapted for the stage by S M Raju and Aparna Sindhoor. ENCOUNTER explores imageries from the history and the world around whether it is the Native American history or indigenous peoples history elsewhere or a modern day occurrence in Iraq or Afghanistan or Rwanda. Dr. Mohan Agashe (veteran Indian actor) says, “[Encounter] is a powerful piece. It is gorgeously staged. The dances are beautiful, and the impact of the show makes one think about it for a long time.”
Choreographed and Directed by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda
Written by: S M Raju and Aparna Sindhoor (inspired by a short story by Mahasweta Devi)
Music: Isaac Thomas Kottukapally
A Production of Navarasa Dance Theater, www.navarasa.org
Performed by: Aparna Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda, Raghu Narayanan, Leah Vincent, Sunil Kumar, Suvarna Raj
“Magical mix of traditions and styles” - Boston Globe
“Most moving” – Portland Herald
“I have never seen anything quite like Aparna Sindhoor's company, Navarasa Dance Theatre, in action. There is not only a fusing of dance and theatre, here, but even within the different arts an explosive fusion of cultures.” – Gaëtan L. Charlebois
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.