In person at the museum.
Mesmerizing pirouettes and the enchanting sound of hundreds of tiny anklet bells highlight a classical form of visual storytelling in this limited series of pop-up performances.
Sunday, April 9, 1 PM and 2:30 PM
Thursday, April 27, 6 PM and 7 PM
In April, local dancers from the Noorani Dance Company lead the Dance Dialogues experience with demonstrations of Kathak — a classical Indian storytelling form marked by intricate footwork, mesmerizing rhythms, and the distinctive music of hundreds of small bells worn around the dancers’ ankles.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The Noorani Dance Company is comprised of preprofessional and professional dancers, committed to enlightening minds and hearts through performances and collaborative partnerships across other forms of performing arts. The company’s founder and artistic director Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is an internationally acclaimed Kathak performer, choreographer, and instructor. Having received two decades of training from the late Pandit Chitresh Das, Farah is known for her evocative storytelling and technical precision; her work addresses topics of historical and social relevance while maintaining the classical elements of Kathak. Since 2015, she has been performing and teaching throughout Pakistan, becoming a sought-after presence and contributor to the Pakistani cultural arts landscape.
ABOUT DANCE DIALOGUES
Dance Dialogues pop-ups will be offered in April (Indian), May (Balinese), June (Jazz), and the second Sunday in July (Cambodian). First come, first served; space is limited. Each pop-up program features performers of Indian, Balinese, Cambodian, or Jazz styles looking at art with visitors and a museum educator (or on Sundays, an Art Speak intern), then moving to a designated area for a brief performance and Q&A.
Photo credit: Rama Sivamani
General support for education is provided by the Dhanam Foundation; The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation Education and Research Fund; James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen; The Morrison & Foerster Foundation; Dodge & Cox; and The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation. Support is also provided by an endowment established by The Hearst Foundations.