Terpsichore in Ghungroos. 2020

TERPSICHORE IN GHUNGROOS

A contemporary triptych amplifying the oft erased
multifaceted voices of the Indian diaspora.

Premiere Date: February 21, 2020
Presented by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Terpsichore in Ghungroos is Achinta S. McDaniel’s interrogation of the insidious gender-based and racial inequity, bigotry, violence, and terror perpetuated today by our neighbors. In a multisensory experience of dance, live music, and projection, Blue13’s work builds to rhythmic crescendo through driving Kathak inspired footwork amplified by Ghungroos, ankle bells. Available with live music.

Diya aur Toofan. 2019

DIYA AUR TOOFAN

Wildly energetic and colorful Bollywood dance work.

Premiere Date: March 3, 2019
An escape from the dreary drudgery of day to day life, immerse your audience into an Indian world of color, joy, and sassiness. Diya aur Toofan (the flame in the storm) is a whirlwind 20-minute energy blast like only Blue13 can deliver on stage, set to catchy and well-known Hindi film songs.

F**k Fusion Version 2, or How to (or not to) be adequately Indian.

Piece questioning what is allowable behavior and enterprise for immigrant and diasporic bodies and minds in American dance.

Premiere Date: February 21, 2020

McDaniel both honors and departs from classical Indian dance in this contemporary study of opposites, exploring the metaphorical tightrope constantly traversed by first and second generation non-resident Indians, and in fact by all immigrants and BIPOC. Facing the monolithic representation of one’s entire race or culture is something we deal with as artists on a daily basis. This piece shines a light on that and refuses to adhere to problematic colonizing constructs and terminology including “fusion,” “authentic,” and “tradition.”

F**k Fusion Version 2, or How to (or not to) be adequately Indian. 2020

Fire & Powder. 2013

FIRE AND POWDER

Excitement, drama, love and tragedy inspired by
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Premiere Date: August 3, 2013
Blue13 recently premiered its new touring production inspired by Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story. Bollywood Montagues meet Hip-Hop Capulets, and Bhangra battles B-Boys in this playful and contemporary dance theatre work filled with excitement, drama, love and tragedy.

Ghungroos & Whistles Family Show

GHUNGROOS & WHISTLES

Educational, Festival Performance, Ages 5+.
Satisfy your curiosity and immerse yourself in the colorful world of Indian dance. Ghungroos & Whistles takes audiences on a journey through the subcontinent’s diverse dance forms, from classical and folk techniques to contemporary and popular Bollywood dance. With live narration and elements of interactive rhythmic call-and-response, this dramatic, humor-filled, and unforgettable performance exemplifies the power of storytelling through dance.
An excellent piece for festivals & educational institutions!

To have had the opportunity to witness this kind of creativity, particularly on a warm summer night in an outdoor amphitheatre, is to know that feeling that living in L.A. might, in fact, be a most superior experience.” – Wenzel Jones, Back Stage West

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