Toronto premiere of Quicksand and Nine

Toronto’s acclaimed inDANCE presents Toronto premiere of two new dance works Quicksand and Nine

"Intriguing… scorching… a raucous blend of classical steps, both Western and Indian."
– The New York Times

Toronto’s acclaimed contemporary dance company inDANCE is proud to present a double bill of two original journeys into a vivid labyrinth of intense human encounters. Choreographed by Hari Krishnan Nine and Quicksand, will be presented at the Fleck Dance Theatre April 12 to 14 as part of Harbourfront’s NextSteps series.

Nine is a classical depiction of Navarasa or nine archetypal moods popular in Indian dance: love, disgust, compassion, valour, humour, fear, wonder, anger and peace. Alternating between complex rhythmic dance and poetic textual interpretation, nine dancers showcase the grandeur of classical Indian dance’s physical and emotive vocabulary in this prologue to Quicksand.

For Quicksand, of which a first version was presented in March 2011 at the Kalanidhi Dance Festival, the Toronto Star’s Michael Crabb described it best when he said "in the rambunctiously provocative Quicksand – the very notion of cultural distinction is jettisoned as a multiracial cast of 10 bare-chested men – mash the Navarasa, or nine archetypal moods popular in Indian dance, into a techno-hip, strutting declaration of freedom from the constraints of tradition and conventional sexuality. Self-expression is the thematic link between Quicksand’s cascade of bold, surging ensembles and more contemplative solos.”

Quicksand made its US premiere in New York City on January 7 where an excerpt of the work was shown as part of the prestigious APAP conference at Dance New Amsterdam. The full work will be shown March 2-3 at Wesleyan University in Connecticut as part of its high-profile contemporary dance season.

Quicksand has also been in invited to the Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in June. The CDF is the country’s most prestigious dance festival featuring the best of contemporary dance from Canada.

inDANCE presents Nine and Quickand
Choreography by Hari Krishnan
April 12-14, 2012 at 8PM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $30−$35 | Senior: $25-$28 | Student/Under 25: $15
Box Office: 416 973 4000 press 1 or

A post-modern interpretation of the Navarasa (nine archetypal emotions) – love, disgust, compassion, valour, humour, fear, wonder, anger, and peace.
Choreography/Concept: Hari Krishnan
Music Composition: Niraj Chag
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Rex
Visual Design: Boyd Bonitzke
Dancers: Paul Charbonneau, Gerry King, Jelani Ade-Lam, Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Benjamin Landsberg, Ryan Lee, Roney Lewis, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Matthew Montgomery and Matthew Owen
Dancer in Video: Nalin Bisnath
Rehearsal Director: Paul Charbonneau

*The Canada Dance Festival has invited Quicksand to be a part of its line-up at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this June.

A Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) interpretation of the Navarasa – love, humour, compassion, anger, valour, fear, disgust, wonder, and peace.
Choreography/Music Composition/Rhythmic Vocals: Hari Krishnan
Lighting Design: John Carr
Costume Design: Rex
Research: Davesh Soneji
Dancers: Nalin Bisnath, Tanya Crowder, Beth Despres, Malar Janagan, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Sahara Morimoto, Masumi Sato, Sinthuja, Vinod Para and Vaaraki Wijayaraj
Musicians: Sheela Bharath and Vaaraki Wijayaraj (vocals), Kajan Pararasasegaram (mridangam/Moorsing), Ajanthie Madanakaran (flute), Shivaani Shanawaz (violin) and Sajeev Vijayakumar (Ghatam/Kanjira)
Sound Engineers: Jeff McCulloch and S.V. Varman
Music recorded at Wellesley Sounds and mixed at Midi Melodies Music Studio, Toronto, Canada

** Nine premiered in the US at Wesleyan University (Connecticut) from March 2-3, 2012

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