Great Performances at Vanderbilt once more fulfills its mission as the foremost local purveyor of world-class performing arts. Odissi is the oldest of India's classical dance forms, and, since 1990, the elegant Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of Bangalore has been melding that tradition-rich style with contemporary concepts. The companys touring programs which have been increasingly, enthusiastically praised by the international press in recent years are at once lyrical and sensual, while also successfully conjuring Indias colorful past. Themes of magic and spirituality drive the dance, performed to original Indian classical music. In cooperation with the Vanderbilt Dance Program, the Nrityagram troupe offers a master dance class on March 24 at Memorial Gymnasium. Already enrolled students may attend free of charge; others are admitted for $10. Phone 322-2471 for more information.
Thu., March 25, 7:30 p.m., 2010