Sudeshna Maulik

June 12 - 13, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

At the Gésu, 1200 de Bleury, Place-des-Arts Metro

Age-old Indian dances come together for a rare performance on the Quebec stage, as Crossroads hints at beauty and the sacred by merging kathak, a pure and narrative North Indian dance, and Odissi, an ancient temple dance. The grace and precision of the two dancers, Sudeshna Maulik and Enakshi Singha, accompanied by live cello and percussion, will make for a fascinating journey.

Since her arrival in Quebec, dancer and choreographer Sudeshna Maulik has been shattering the rules of traditional kathak. She puts forth a more personal rendering of this dance, all the while preserving its swiftness and meticulous hand, eye, and footwork. Without sticking to a strict narrative continuum, Maulik draws her inspiration for Crossroads from the poetry of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the creative force of the Hindu goddess Durga, and the power of music. Still and video images by Martin Lemieux will provide the backdrop for this performance.

Sudeshna Maulik has been studying kathak since the age of seven. She began her training in Calcutta, India, under teacher and guru Pt Chitresh Das, and went on to study with Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi and at the National Kathak Institute under the mentorship of Padmabhibhushan Birju Maharaj. She has been living in Montreal since 2007, where she teaches kathak. A renowned performer in India, Maulik has danced in Russia, China, Taiwan, the United States, and all over Europe. Finally, this from the German press: She represents “the very best in Eastern dance.”

Sudeshna Maulik was selected for the MAI’s long-term guidance and mentoring program, a pro- gram designed to support artists from cultural communities in their professional development and in the carrying out of their artistic projects in Montreal.

This performance is presented in association with the Gesù.

Crossroads, by Sudeshna Maulik
Choreography by Sudeshna Maulik, in collaboration with Enakshi Singha for the Odissi Live music by Shawn Mativetsky (tablas) and Jake Charkey (cello)
Video by Martin Lemieux, lighting by Caroline Nadeau
Répétitrice Mamata Niyogi-Nakra

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