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Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 1:30 PM
Lang Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE Washington, DC
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online:
PHOTO CREDIT: John G. Walter

Washington, DC – “Bollywood Fever” brings all the color and glitter of Indian film dances to the stage on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 1:30pm, as part of the 2013 Intersections Festival at the Lang Theatre of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. The award-winning Silk Road Dance Company will pay homage to the vibrant dance sequences ever popular in Indian movies. Distinguished Indian dance artist Jayantee Paine-Ganguly and her Jayantika Dance Company will recreate elegant classical dance scenes while guest soloist Ahmad Maaty will add to the playful fun of more light-hearted choreographies. Joy of Motion’s Urban Impact Youth Company will inject fresh energy with a hip hop spin to Bollywood hits.

The term “Bollywood” refers to India’s enormous film industry that is located in Bombay, now known as Mumbai. Although Bollywood choreographies originally drew from classical Indian dance and folk forms, other dance genres such as jazz, hip hop, and belly dance have recently begun to influence the Bollywood style. Bollywood Fever celebrates these dance styles from the ebullient Hindi-language films of Mumbai, visiting some of the subjects most common in Indian film choreographies. A variety of human emotions and experiences – ranging from flirtatious and funny to poignant and touching – will be depicted throughout the program. Ranging from classical to contemporary genres, the choreographies feature music from beloved Bollywood films like Umrao Jaan, Mangal Pandey, Kal Ho Naa Ho, and Slumdog Millionaire. Highlights include a Rajasthani folk dance, a candlelight ritual, a comic number, and – of course – a wedding party! The talents of diverse artists and their sumptuous costumes makes for a dance extravaganza that promises to have the audience up and dancing in the aisles by the finale. As concert director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray muses, “What better way to say goodbye to the winter blues, than total immersion in an afternoon of sequin-clad escapism?”

The award-winning Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents women’s dances from the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, China, and the Caucasus. Founded in 1995, by Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray — adjunct professor at GWU’s Department of Theatre and Dance — the ensemble’s presentations offer a unique glimpse of the culture of little known regions. SRDC has performed abroad in Samarkand, Singapore, Qatar, and Toronto, and throughout the US and the Metro DC area. The company has also been featured at events for the Embassies of Egypt, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Russia, and is frequently engaged for cultural celebrations in local Turkish, Iranian, South-Asian and Arab communities. SRDC is a Joy of Motion Resident Arts Partner.

INTERSECTIONS is a unique arts festival presented by the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, featuring more than 600 artists in over 100 performances over three weekends. The program includes visual art, film screenings, literary readings, dance, and musical and dramatic productions, plus 20 free café concerts and 25 special events. More information about the Intersections Festival can be found online at