Urvasi Dance Academy presents...

Rudrakshya Foundation “Odissi on High”

  • Friday, October 13, 2023 8:00 pm

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Tickets are $34 Adults/$19 Children (12 and under) if purchased ahead of time. Prices on the day of the show are $44 Adults/$24 Children (12 and under)

Guru Bichitrananda Swain has achieved worldwide recognition as an outstanding performer, a brilliant choreographer and an exceptional teacher, who has earned the distinction of generating remarkable talents year after year. Widely acclaimed as one of today’s prominent choreographers of Odissi, he is known for his distinctive body of work that echoes his knowledge and understanding of dance as a medium of expression. His compositions are energetic, thought-provoking and inspiring. He is acknowledged by critics, connoisseurs, gurus (senior and contemporary alike), and dancers (peers as well as others) for having unleashed a wave of renewed dynamism in the presentation of Odissi.

Guru Swain has been, for over two decades, creating outstanding dancers through a holistic approach to dance that includes developing body discipline (through yoga and pranayama), allowing for creativity (through theoretical and practical training), and enhancing sensitivity (through appreciation of aesthetics). His dance institution, Rudrakshya Foundation (established in 2000), has emerged as one of the most successful training centres for aspiring dancers from India and abroad. Some of his students who lack the financial means to pursue dance as a profession are provided with free education, food and lodging for as long as they wish to be in his gurukul-like institution.

Guru Bichitrananda Swain and his students have performed in major cities of the United States of America (2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2014, and 2023), the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Korea, South Africa, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria. Besides, he has conducted various workshops in most of these countries, apart from those in India.

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Odissi on High, presented by Urvasi Dance Academy- Vibrant, exciting, and brilliant, this all-male dance ensemble, under the direction of renowned choreographer Guru Bichitrananda Swain, brings their breathtaking embodiment of traditional Odissi dance to the Northwest. Beautiful sculpturesque poses and driving rhythm merge to create an unforgettable experience of the very pulse of dance.

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