In a one-of-a-kind cultural exchange, the Clement A. Price Institute at Rutgers University-Newark is pleased to present “Divine Inspiration: A Symposium with The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble” on Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theater, located on the NJIT campus, Newark.
Nrityagram transports audiences on an exquisite journey to Eastern India, the birthplace of Odissi, one of the world’s oldest classical dance forms. Accompanied by Nrityagram’s live music ensemble, the performers will illustrate the breathtaking beauty of Odissi dance, demonstrating how it reflects the culture of their homeland.
More than a dance company, Nrityagram was founded in a village devoted to dance. The all-female troupe’s daily life is that of intensive training and meditation. This training results in compelling performances that are at once sensual and lyrical. A unique blend of traditional knowledge with contemporary understanding and application makes the Nrityagram School the only institution of its kind in the world.
Led by Artistic Director Surupa Sen and longtime collaborator and dance partner Bijayini Satpathy, Nrityagram has achieved worldwide critical acclaim. In 2015, the company performed in front of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and in the fall of 2016, the company performed as part of the “Sounds of India” program for Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. Nrityagram has the unprecedented distinction of making The New York Times’ “Best Dance of the Year” list two consecutive years in a row (2015 and 2016). New York Times dance critic Alistair McCauley described their performance as “one of the most extraordinary dance events of the year…The only proper response to dancers this amazing is worship.”
Divine Inspiration: A Symposium with Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is presented by the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark in partnership with the Rutgers-NJIT Theater Program. The Symposium is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs; and by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Institute’s website.