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All media is invited to a Press Conference for Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance on
Friday, 12th August 2016, 5-8 pm at the Consulate Ballroom,
3 East 64th St, New York, NY 10065.
RSVP is essential to by August 1, 2016
The Indo American Arts Council is delighted to announce the IAAC's Ninth Annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance in three parts - an INDOOR concert on August 13th from 7:00-9:00pm, a day of WORKSHOPS on August 14th from 11:00 AM-3:45 PM, and an OUTDOOR concert on August 15 from 6:30-8:30pm.
INDOOR CONCERT: August 13th, 2016. Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC.
IAAC's INDOOR Concert features lauded performers from around the globe - including the stellar Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam), and UK’s Sonia Sabri (Kathak), in performances which also feature innovative works that interact with Indian tradition from around the globe : Revanta Sarabhai (India), Sooraj Subramaniam (Belgium), Eriko Sugiwara (ballet, NY):
SONIA SABRI One of the brightest & most inspirational of British born dancer­-choreographers, Sonia has reinvented Kathak from within to create a unique style that spans its classical roots and contemporary explorations. She has collaborated across art forms with Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyasingh, Nitin Sawhney, and Jonzi D, among others, and is recipient of several awards in the UK. This is her US debut.
CYNTHIA LING LEE Cynthia intersects postcolonial, queer, and feminist­ of­ color perspectives to create experimental South Asian performance work that has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop (New York), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and Chandra­ Mandapa: Spaces (Chennai). A member of the Post Natyam Collective, Cynthia was last seen at Erasing Borders in 2010.
SOORAJ SUBRAMANIAM Trained initially in Bharatanatyam and Odissi at Ramli Ibrahim’s Sutra Dance Theatre in Malaysia, Sooraj has also studied contemporary dance and ballet, most especially in Australia. In London he worked with major UK Indian dance companies (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Nina Rajarani’s Srishti) and studied Kathak with Urja Desai. He is now based in Belgium from where he comes for his US debut.
REVANTA SARABHAI & POOJA PUROHIT An ?independent performer, choreographer, and filmmaker, Revanta combines his classical dance training with contemporary practice to create cutting ­edge work, including commissions by Den Haag’s Korzo Theatre and a major production set to Philip Glass’ “Satyagraha”. Pooja, who danced in both former productions, was lead performer at Mallika Sarabhai’s Darpana Performance Group, is also a yoga teacher.
ERIKO SUGIMURA Trained in Hong Kong from an early age, Eriko furthered her ballet training at the Vaganova and Bolshoi Ballet Academies in Russia. Now a member of New York’s Ballet Inc., she also performed with Jennifer Muller/The Works and studied at Peridance School as did Shreenath Muthyala, the choreographer of “Padam”, whose passion for this project led to their collaborating on a filmed version of it as well.
RAMA VAIDYANATHAN Disciple of legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy, Rama has evolved her own choreographic and performance style to become one of India’s top exponents of Bharatanatyam. She tours worldwide, both performing and giving workshops, and has often appeared in New York: at World Music Institute’s Dancing the Gods Festival in 2011 and 2015, and at Erasing Borders in 2013 - always to rave reviews.
The program highlights the many ways in which Indian dance forms inspire works that are embedded in the 21st Century as traditional practitioners themselves move tradition forward.

We are delighted to announce the Chief Guests for this evening: Consulate General of India, Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das, and the Provost of Pace University, Dr. Uday Sukhatme.
WORKSHOPS: August 14th, 2016. Pace University Studios, 140 Williams Street, NYC.
For those who would like to explore the dance forms represented in this festival further, dance workshops on Contemporary Dance, Chhau, and Bharatnatyam will be offered at the PACE UNIVERSITY studios, 140 Williams Street (enter on Fulton St), NYC, on August 14, 2016. The three workshops will be conducted by noted dancers/choreographers: Sumeet Nagdev, Carolina Prada, Surabhi Bharadwaj.
OUTDOOR CONCERT: August 15th, 2016. Robert Wagner Jr Park, Battery Park City, hosted by The Battery Dance Festival
This year the IAAC is pleased to present at it's OUTDOOR concert on August 15th, India's Independence Day, a program which – as the name ‘Erasing Borders” would suggest – a range of works from the traditional to the explorations of younger generations of Indian dancers.


AVIJIT DAS is a sought after teacher and choreographer who is known for his exquisite style as he explores modern interpretations of Indian dance. He studied with Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam and, later, Jaikishore Mosalikanti (who performed at Erasing Borders 2012) after completing a diploma in Bharatanatyam from the renowned Kalakshetra Academy in Chennai. This is his US debut.
CAROLINA PRADA is the only female soloist of this generation to research, choreograph and perform professionally in Mayurbhanj Chhau. She has helped promote this art with her Guru, Janmejoy Sai Babu (father of Rakesh Sai Babu who was part of Erasing Borders 2015). A choreographer as well as exponent of Odissi, she has performed to great acclaim at reputed festivals in India and now makes her US debut.
SURABHI BHARADWAJ is a seasoned dancer trained by eminent Bharatanatyam gurus like Padma Subramaniam and Radha Sridhar. She is a versatile performer, knowledgeable also in yoga and the Kerala martial art of Kalaripayattu. Founder of Sree Vidya Institute of Performing arts, she has toured the US as company member with two Raadha Kalpa dance theater productions of Rukmini Vijaykumar (Erasing Borders artist in 2012).
SOORAJ SUBRAMANIAM was born in Malaysia where began his training in Odissi and Bharatanatyam with Ramli Ibrahim at Sutra Dance Theatre. He went on to study ballet and contemporary dance and also co-­direct Mudhra Dance in Australia. In London he worked with major dance companies (Nina Rajarani’s Sristhi, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance) and studied Kathak with Urja Desai. He lives in Belgium working as a freelancer.
KRISHNA MOHAN MISHRA, born to a family of hereditary dancers, is­ the eldest son of Padmashri Shambhu Maharaj who­ belongs to the illustrious Kalka Bindadin Gharana of Lucknow of which his elder brother Birju Maharaj is a stellar member. A talented soloist he is also a gifted percussionist on the tabla, pakhawaj and various folk drums and choreographer of several productions that have toured internationally. He is accompanied by LIVE MUSIC.
RAKA MAITRA & CHOWK COMPANY (Dancers: Sandhya Suresh, Karishma Nair, Namaha Mazoomdar) Raka is the Artistic Director of the Singapore­ based company Chowk. She explores the notion of ‘Asian Culture’ through her vision of ‘contemporary dance’. A disciple of Madhavi Mudgal (Odissi) and Sashadhar Acharya (Seraikela Chhau) she has since 2008 blurred the lines of tradition in a series of works, including ‘Hungry Stones’ which was presented also at Les Hivernales d’Avignon in February 2015. 
SUMEET NAGDEV DANCE ARTS (Dancers: Melanie Testa, Tejaswee Arvind Sontake, Neeraj, Kiran Dinkar Shenvi) was founded in 2007 by Sumeet Nagdev. The company has so far performed 250 shows, the most noteworthy being at Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival and for major corporations in India. International Choreographer at the American Dance Festival in 2012, Sumeet has created fourteen productions that have toured India, Europe and the US and even made forays into Bollywood.
The INDOOR concert will be held at Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC on Saturday, August 13th from 700-9:00pm. Tickets are currently on sale.

The WORKSHOPS will be held at Pace University Studios, 140 Williams Street, NYC on Saturday, August 14th from 11 am -3.45 pm. Tickets are currently on sale.

The OUTDOOR Concert is free and will be held in New York City's Robert F. Wagner Park on August 15th 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For further information please visit .

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