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Rotunda Dance Series: Nava Dance Theatre
November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The Rotunda Dance Series brings many of the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies to San Francisco City Hall for free monthly noon-time performances and is presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West in partnership with Grants for the Arts and SF City Hall. No tickets or reservations necessary. You’re welcome to let us know you’re coming on Eventbrite.
Nava Dance Theatre, directed by Nadhi Thekkek, is a bharatanatyam dance company based in San Francisco, CA, which uses the classical south Indian dance form to explore and understand place, identity, and politics. Highlights from the last five years include: two consecutive residencies at CounterPulse through Performing Diaspora to develop and perform The Cloud Messenger, commissions from the Oakland Ballet in 2018 and 2019 to develop and perform The Little Elephant in the Room and Rajavastra: The King’s Cloth, performances at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (Drive East NYC), San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival @ YBCA (SF), The Dance Centre (Vancouver), CounterPulse (San Francisco) among others, and funding awards from the California Arts Council, East Bay Community Fund, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Dancers’ Group CA$H Grants. Most recently, Nadhi worked in partnership with Oakland-based visual artist Rupy C. Tut to create “Broken Seeds Still Grow,” a bharatanatyam dance and visual art production inspired by the real-life stories from the 1947 Partition Archive and recent South Asian American history. Their creative inquiry sources poetry, eyewitness accounts, and current events to understand the current political climate while reflecting on what it means to belong somewhere.