Through dynamic performances, dance education, and outreach activities, Blue13 connects diverse communities in an electrifying cross-genre, multicultural experience.
“A little bit of Bollywood…a little bit of Hollywood, and a whole lot of soul!” -Parimal M. Rohit, Buzzine.com
Fire & Powder (2013) Are you Blue or Yellow? Hip-Hop or Bhangra? A Shark or a Jet? In Blue13’s “Fire & Powder,” you will be asked to take a side. Hip-hop Capulets face off against Bollywood Montagues in this contemporary remake of “Romeo & Juliet” and “Westside Story.” Excitement, drama, love and tragedy abound as Bollywood battles B-Boys to the infectious beats of Dhol Nation, and composers Tej Gill, Coffee Pot Productions, Plum, and DJ Persyst. A cast of B-Boys, Poppers, Lockers, Bhangra Purists, and modern dancers is joined by local performers in a whirlwind production that will lift you out of your seat.
90 minutes with intermission
Ghungroos and Whistles (2014) Ghungroos are the traditional bells that Indian dancers wear on their ankles. Blue13’s educational show “Ghungroos and Whistles” explores the history, diversity and progression of Indian dance, following it from ancient classical roots including Kathak and Bharatnatyam to folk styles like Punjabi Bhangra and Guajarati Raas, to contemporary Bollywood dance.
Blue13 Dance Company is a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles. Under the Artistic Direction of Achinta S. McDaniel the company has become a pioneer of contemporary Indian dance, performing its signature Neo-Kathak and Bollywood-Tech styles all over the United States and abroad. Blue13’s mission is to advance non-traditional contemporary dance, while preserving and cultivating the cultural and classical forms of India. The ensemble has worked with renowned artists including Timbaland, Dustin Hoffman, Anupam Kher, director, Todd Haynes, Boman Irani, Manasi Scott, and legendary songstress, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Achinta and the company have also been featured in films, commercials, and on television programs such as MTV, CBS, NBC, WE, Sony TV, and PBS. blue13dance.com
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