'An Evening of Indian Classical Dance'

Ananda Natya School of Indian Dance and Dance Company, under the direction of Andrea Preeti Luchese, will present the company's spring concert: "An Evening of Indian Classical Dance" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday April 26, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland.

The performance will feature dancers from Ananda Natya Dance Company and students from the school. Ananda Natya Dance Company, whose members include girls ages 11 &

15, has been dancing together since 2006. The program will showcase traditional and contemporary dances from South India's classical dance style of Bharata Natyam. Bharata Natyam has its origins in the temples of south India. It combines rhythmic footwork and mimetic storytelling to bring to life the rich mythology of ancient India.

This year's concert includes Alarippu, said to be over 200 years old; original works by Luchese danced to contemporary bhajans (songs); and recent choreography by the Dhananjayans' of Bharata Kalanjali in Chennai, India.

Luchese will also present two dances learned on a recent trip to India; one about Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and the arts; and one about Shiva, the god of creation and dissolution.

Luchese received her training in India under the tutelage of VP and Shanta Dhananjayan of Bharata Kalanjali in Chennai.

A former member of the Suzee Grilley Dance Ensemble, Luchese teaches and performs Indian classical dance throughout the Rogue Valley, the U.S. and in India, and has performed as a guest artist with musicians Dave Stringer, Rasa, Snatam Kaur Khalsa, Peter van Gelder and Uttam Chakra.

She is a performance artist for the Southern Oregon Education Service District School Artist Program, an Artist in Residence at local schools, and a performing and teaching member of Ashland's Hawaiian hula dance troupe, Hula O Kahawai.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students and children. Call 951-1871.

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