SANGEET MILLENNIUM and CHASQUIS
Austin Dance India’s Sacred Earth Stories
Sacred Earth Stories is a multidisciplinary, multimedia performance installation on intersectional environmentalism that connects ancient earth mythologies to current global and social justice issues, including oppression, sustainability, and climate change. Intersectional Environmentalist founder Leah Thomas defines the movement as an "inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for the protection of both people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected." Sacred Earth Stories is created and directed by Anuradha Naimpally of Austin Dance India.
As you know, in many ancient cultures and their mythologies, the earth is personified as a life-giving goddess. Sacred Earth Stories (SES) redefines these tales through current issues of deforestation, industrialization, pollution, and oppression of people. Further, SES urges that a respectful alliance with people is necessary to protect Mother Earth and her resources. Traditional Bharata Natyam dance of India, interpretations of traditional Afro-Caribbean dance and South American Andean ceremonial movement, spoken word commentary, traditional gestures, rhythm, and commissioned world music merge to create a stunning dance- and soundscape linking the past and present. Sacred Earth Stories premiered at Austin, TX’s Mexican-American Cultural Center in June 2019 to a sold-out audience. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 necessitated that the production be adapted as a virtual, scaled-down version. (See YouTube link below.)
Featuring Austin Dance India, Sangeet Millennium Ensemble, the Hathor Experience, and Jacco Velarde’s Vision Andina. This event, a third of four in Sangeet MIllennium's 2021 South Asian and Global Performance Series, is supported in part by an Arts Activate grant from the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
Sat., August 14, 8- 9:30 p.m. Doors 7:15; light vegetarian food will be available for sale.
Bath House Cultural Center LL, 521 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas 75218 (@ White Rock Lake Park)
Tickets: $25 advance – available at www.chasquisgroup.com $30 @ door, $50 patrons
Info: 512-965-2368 (Group prices available)
Sangeet Millennium Website: https://www.sangeetmillennium.org
Austin Dance India Website: https://www.austindanceindia.com
2020 Virtual performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_xIxSM6bH0