Radha Krishnan – Classical Bharatanatyam Dance

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STYLE: Classical Bharatanatyam Dance

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste

Time: 13.00-13.20 (Saturday) / 12..55-13.15 (Sunday)

In this spectacular show Bharatanatyam, one of the most ancient, technically impressive and classical dances hailing from India, will be presented by eminent artist Dr.Radha Krishnan from Kalakshetra, accompanied by her daughter Arabhi Krishnan.

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Goddess by Alan Greig Dance Theatre

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STYLE: Contemporary dance

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste

 Time: 18.15-18.45 (Saturday) / 17.50-18.20 (Sunday)

A signature Mela dance commission for 2015, Goddess is a brand new dance theatre piece celebrating the Goddesses of world culture, religion and myths. Mystical and otherworldly, this stunning show offers a shifting choreographic collage of images, emotions, athletic dance and text.

Choreographed by Alan Greig of Alan Greig Dance Theatre and featuring a cast of four powerful female performers and a diverse soundtrack with music from Philip Glass, Portishead and Doris Day – this is a show not to be missed! 

 

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La Otra Orilla- Moi&lesAutres

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STYLE: Flamenco

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste

Time: 15.40-16.40 (Saturday and Sunday)

Myriam Allard and Hedi Graja present their reinvented flamenco in a new piece entitled Moi&lesAutres. In this solo that involves close communication with the musicians, themselves actively commited to the choreography, La Otra Orilla presents a spirited variation on the sometimes complex art of relating to one and other. With original music by composer Caroline Planté, this production reveals yet another version of the company’s hybrid flamenco language. Iconoclast, poetic and firmly rooted in the present.  

The Edinburgh Mela are delighted to welcome La Otra Orilla all the way from Canada to present a specially adapted version of this wonderful show at the 2015 festival, don’t miss it!

 

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Edinburgh Bhangra Crew

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STYLE: Bhangra/ Dance

Date: Saturday

Location: World Dance Feste

Time: 12.30-12.50

The Edinburgh Bhangra Crew are a non-profit university dance troupe founded in 2008 by a small group of friends who love to dance. Bhangra, a celebratory Punjabi folk dance, has taught to the group in open classes twice a week and since its founding.  Since the group’s inception, Edinburgh Bhangra Crew have gone from strength to strength and now boast over 60 members!

They have danced at a range of events from local charity performances, weddings, and dance shows up to national Bhangra competitions, and continue to deliver lively and colourful performances.  The Edinburgh Bhangra Crew are a firm festival favourite – bringing colour and energy to our World Dance Feste Stage.

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Swaryatra – Bollywood Unlimited

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STYLE: Bollywood Music/Dance

Date: Sunday 

Location: Awaz FM Mela Mix Stage

Time: 13.30-14.15

A journey of enchanting Bollywood numbers with a touch of classical music performed live on stage. Also features several popular Indian dance styles.

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NorthernXposure ft. Danger Man + Ista

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STYLE: Dubstep/Hip Hop

Date: Saturday

Location: Awaz FM Mela Mix Stage

Time: 19.00-20.00

BAFTA nominated NorthernXposure, fresh from their USA tour with musical legend Michael Winslow. Be prepared for show stopping live dubstep, hip hip and the hottest urban vibes with a socially conscious message. Featuring MCs Danger Man and Ista from Big Toe Hi-Fi. 

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Desi Bravehearts

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STYLE: Bollywood Dance

Date: Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste Stage

Hailing from Glasgow, the Desi Bravehearts perform a variety of Bollywood dances, from the classic to more contemporary numbers. They are an exclusive Scottish based dance group who specialise in Bollywood/fusion dancing and are trained by Mumbai based choreographer Pratap Shetty, known through programmes such as Dancing Queen and Naach Baliaye 3.

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Vidya Patel – Kathak Mosaic

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STYLE: Indian Classical/Contemporary Dance

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste 

Time: 14.00-14.15 & 19.00-19.15 (Saturday)/ 14.25-14.35 & 18.30-18.45 (Sunday)

Set to be one of the festival’s dance highlights, Kathak Mosaic is a trio of performances (2 solo, 1 duet), performed by the amazing Vidya Patel, the winner of the South Asian category in this year’s BBC Young Dancer Competion, from the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company.  

‘Two by Two’ is a piece especially commissioned for the Edinburgh Mela, choreographed by Canada based choreographer Hari Krishnan. It explores Kathak in a contemporary way bringing together two styles, two cultures and two dancers. It reflects the way two British born dancers have embraced the classical Indian dance form whilst still being very much British in their everyday lives.

The two solo pieces ‘Tarana’ & ‘Lamha’ are performed by Vidya and she is joined for the duet ‘Two by Two’ by Jaina Modasia, also a BBC Young Dancer finalist. ‘Tarana’ is a highly technical piece of Kathak repertoire, with characteristic lightning speed footwork and multiple spins and pirouettes  choreographed by Sujata Banerjee & Luna Poddar. ‘Lamha’ means particular moment and in this piece, choreographed by Urja Desai Thakore and commisioned especially for the BBC Young Dancer competition, strong emotions of anger, frustration and helplessness are translated in to Kathak moves in choreography not typical in Indian classical dance.

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Dance Ihayami – Bring Your Own Beat

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STYLE: Traditional/Contemporary Indian Dance

Date: Saturday 

Location: World Dance Feste 

Time: 16.50-17.20

Dance Ihayami is Scotland’s Indian dance company, dedicated to the contemporisation of Indian dance. The company challenges ideas about Indian classical dance and creates innovative contemporary work, regularly collaborating with different art forms and media. Bring Your Own Beat (BYOB), by artistic director Priya Shrikumar, examines the interrelationship between the voice and movement of the dancers.

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