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1 Natya – The Spirit of Dance By Apsara Asia and Maya Dance Theatre Pre-Show

2 Why Dance? Think-Pair-Share When was the last time you danced in a formal or informal setting?When was the last time you danced in a formal or informal setting? Why do you dance? Share the reasons with your partner.Why do you dance? Share the reasons with your partner. How did it make you feel?How did it make you feel? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?

3 Why Dance? Watch the video belowthe video Answer these questions  What are some of the common reasons why people dance?  Share these reasons with your class. *Click on image to link to video

4 Heritage and Roots of Dance Think-Pair-Share Watch this video and discuss the following questions with your partner:this video  Look at the hands, legs and body. Describe how the dancer moves.  Look at the dancer’s face. Describe the expressions you see on her face.  Where do you think this dance form comes from?

5 Indian Dance Did you know that 9% of Singaporeans are Indians? This means that the forefathers of these Singaporeans came from India. Can you locate India on the map?

6 Bharatanatyam The dance you saw is known as Bharanatyam. From South India. One of the oldest classical dance forms in India. More than 2000 years. Source: map.jpg

7 Origin of Indian Dance The belief that the world was in a state of chaos. Demi-gods and sages approached Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, to stop the misery. He created dance as a way to bring calm and to stop chaos. image source: War in Ancient India - By V R Ramachandra Dikshitar

8 History of Bharatanatyam Before the 20 th century, Bharatanatyam is the word for dance. Before that, it was danced in temples by women known as devadasis. It has spread beyond India to different parts of the world. Traditionally, it was an Indian dance but it is now open to everyone, regardless of race, gender or religion.

9 Features of Bharatanatyam Movements often form geometric shapes and lines. Movements consist of: - hand gestures with meanings (hastas) - leg patterns - facial expressions (abhinaya). Bharatanatyam goes hand in hand with Carnatic music, a South Indian classical music form.

10 Features of Bharatanatyam Look at the picture of the dancers. What geometric shapes can you spot in the dancers’ postures?

11 Bharatanatyam dancers often create triangles in their poses. Can you spot any triangles in the poses? Lines created are straight and angular

12 Let’s Watch You are about to watch 2 modern Indian dance routines Video 1: So You Think You Can Dance *click on images Video 2 : Say Shava Shava from the movie, Khabi Khusi, Khabi Gham

13 Think and Share Did you enjoy the dancing? What did you like about it? Do you know where these dance styles come from?

14 What is Bollywood? The dance routines come from Bollywood films. Bollywood is the popular name of the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Can you guess how the term Bollywood came about?

15 Term is a combination of Bombay + Hollywood = Bollywood The term ‘Bollywood’ came about when Hindi films started overtaking Hollywood in terms of its sheer number. Bollywood produces more than 800 to 1000 films a year, and it is known for its elaborate costumes and song and dance routines Bollywood movies usually consists of 4-5 musical songs in each film, sometimes more. The term Bollywood appears in the Oxford English DictionaryOxford English Dictionary What is Bollywood? The FAST FACTs

16 The Bollywood dance style is made up of many different dance forms like Indian folk dance, classical Indian dance and modern contemporary dance Bharatanatyam hand gestures, leg movements and facial expressions are sometimes used in a Bollywood dance routine Dance in Bollywood Image sources:

17 Natya – The Spirit of Dance You will be watching Natya – The Spirit of Dance at the Esplanade Natya means dance in Sanskrit, an ancient language How Bollywood dance routines are influenced by other forms of dance shows how an individual can connect to dance, regardless of any cultural differences.

18 While watching the show… Find out more about what Bharatanatyam is Observe the different dance steps Observe how Bollywood dance routines are influenced by different dance genres Have fun and enjoy the music and dance performances while observing these 12 rules of theatre etiquette12 rules of theatre etiquette

19 Presented by Apsara Asia was established in 2003 as a performing arts and arts management company that focuses on promoting and presenting a variety of cultural dances and art forms prevalent in Singapore and around Asia. Known for creating innovative productions and performances, Apsara Asia has established itself as a formidable force in keeping traditional Asian arts alive through a unique blend of cross-cultural ethnic fusions and collaborations. Apsara Asia is also endorsed as a service provider for arts education programmes as part of the NAC-AEP scheme.

20 Maya Dance Theatre was founded in 2006 by its Company Manager, Imran Manaff and dance artists, Kavitha Krishnan and Juraimy Abu Bakar. This young contemporary dance company has made its mark locally and on the international stage with performances in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, the UAE and US. Draws inspiration from Asian traditions and aesthetics, transcending cultural identities and boundaries, Maya Dance Theatre has a unique presence in the Singapore dance scene because of its pursuit of trans-cultural dance as an independent art form. Maya is a proud recipient of the National Arts Council’s SEED Grant for FY2012-2015.

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