The Center for World Music is delighted to be part of the inauguration of the new Mingei International Museum. We celebrate this important moment with an Odissi dance presentation, From Sculpture To Movement. Dancers from the Center for World Music’s Odissi Dance school will perform two beautiful pieces bringing ancient Indian sculptures to life. The event will be on Saturday, September 4, with two showings inaugurating the museum’s superb new Theater. Admission is free, but those wishing to attend are required to RSVP using the links below.
11:00 AM Showing – SOLD OUT
From Sculpture To Movement
Odissi, a form of Indian classical dance from the eastern state of Odisha in India, dates back to the 2nd century BC. Once nearly extinct, its revival in the 1950s can be credited to evidence from paintings and sculptures from ancient temples, palm leaf manuscripts, and ancient texts, as well as the memories of traditional temple dancers. Odissi has become well known for its lyrical nature, fluid movements, and unique body positions.
Dancers from the Center for World Music Odissi School will present a pallavi. Meaning “elaboration,” the pallavi is a pure dance form in the sense that it does not tell a story but is valued for the intrinsic beauty of the dance itself. The piece starts with slow, lyrical movements and then evolves into fast-paced footwork and complex body movements. This dynamic dance will be performed by Arundhati Chakraborty, Bhakti Tantod, Namrata Bhargava, and Shweta Shetty.
Saṃsāra: Cycle of Life
Leading US-born Odissi dancer Shibani Patnaik will perform Saṃsāra: Cycle of Life. A contemporary composition, the piece depicts the soul’s journey through the process of birth, death, and reincarnation. Shibani explores the concept of saṃsāra and themes related to the flow of life through excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita, a much-loved Hindu scripture, and the Bhaja Govindam, a hymn by the 8th-century theologian Shankara. As opposed to the pure dance of the previous piece, this item is an example of abhinaya or expression-based dance, in which Shibani expresses emotions and concepts through hand gestures and facial expressions, enacting the narrative of the accompanying lyrics.
Mingei International Museum Re-Opening
Entry into the Museum over Labor Day weekend, from Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6, will be free as a gift to San Diego. The Museum will be open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, seven days a week, with expanded evening hours until 8:00 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. Visit the Mingei International Museum website for details and a full list of special events.