Posted: Oct 11, 2013 4:48 PM by Press release
A master class in kathak dance, led by one of the rising stars in British dance, will take place from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at McLaurin Hall on the UL campus.
The class is part of the 10 days of the James Brown: 'Get on the Good Foot' schedule. It is free and open to intermediate and advanced dancers as well as observers.
Kathak, one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance, traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers.
Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards, it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central Asian dance, which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.
Training initially in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharat Natyam in India and the UK, participating choreographer Aakash Odedra has worked with renowned choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Malpihant and his mentor, Akram Khan, shadowing the creation of several of their works as they each made solos on him. The culmination of this was presented in the full evening work, Rising, which toured extensively throughout 2012.