Mango Cherry Mix
“One of the three best dance works of 2009” – Timeout Magazine, Delhi, India
inDANCE is proud to present the Toronto premiere of Mango Cherry Mix, a contemporary dance collaboration, choreographed and performed by Navtej Johar and Hiroshi Miyamoto. This critically acclaimed work will be presented at the Winchester Theatre August 14 and 15, 2010.
Mango Cherry Mix is an interracial duet between two Asian men, a Japanese and an Indian, who seek to explore their cultural selves, their differences and similarities, in the presence of a "familiar" other.
This unique piece fuses two artistic and cultural worlds, weaving together diverse contemporary and traditional dance forms. Through a combination of movements inspired by classical Asian dances (Nihon Buyo and Bharatanatyam), modern dance and physical theatre, two universes come together as the artists slowly discover their similarities and differences. Mango Cherry Mix springs from the desire of both artists to create a common space and a platform for communication in which the movement of one is the starting point of a choreographic dialogue with the other.
Born in Japan, Hiroshi Miyamoto studied at Main Dance (Vancouver) and Merce Cunningham Studio (Manhattan). In Toronto, he co-founded Green Tea, a Japanese dancers’ collective for which he dances and choreographs. He is also a member of inDance and 3M Dances collective. Mr. Miyamoto has worked with several masters and choreographers of varying backgrounds (notably Serge Bennathan and Peter Chin). His practice is focused on the elimination of borders based on social identity (gender, nationality, age, etc.).
Of Indian origin, Navtej Johar learned the art of Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra (Chennai), and with Leela Samson at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (New Delhi) before going to study at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He has collaborated with several choreographers of varying backgrounds, such as Justin McCarthy, Janet Lilly and the New York City Opera. Mr. Johar is also the recipient of several awards, including the Times of India Fellowship in 1995 and is the founder of Studio Abhyas Trust (New Delhi). Creative freedom and a merging of traditional and avant-garde elements are at the centre of his practice.
Mango Cherry Mix premiered in New Delhi in March 2009, followed by a short run at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in May 2009.
inDANCE presents Mango Cherry Mix
Concept, choreography and performed by
Navtej Johar and Hiroshi Miyamoto
August 14 and 15 at 8PM
Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester Street, Toronto
Tickets: $20 (CADA/Students/Seniors – $18) |Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.301.7543