On Saturday 14th Sep 2019 at 8:00 PM
Leela Dance Collectiveâ€™s Los Angeles premiere of Son of the Wind
brings together the worldâ€™s leading Kathak artists to charter new and
unprecedented directions in Kathak dance. Featuring a cast of all female
Kathak dancers, Son of the Wind is powerful
as it turns history on its head by presenting a full cast of women
playing roles both male and female. This dance drama shows women in the
role of male warriors, challenging modern day perceptions of Kathak
dance as well as a history that typically showcased only male dancers. Son of the Wind takes the art form deep within itself and highlights its original expressive form - that of storytelling on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ford Theatres.
Kathak comes from the word "katha" which means story. The kathakas
were storytellers that travelled from village to village in ancient
India telling the stories of the great Hindu gods and goddesses. While
the depiction of Hindu iconography remains visible in modern day kathak,
the tradition of telling epic tales through kathak has been left behind
by most contemporary practitioners of the art form in favor of more
contemporary, abstract, or accessible explorations. Son of the Wind
is your classic, tour-de-force kathak dance drama centered around the
adventures of Hanuman, the infamous Hindu god who proves to be a central
force in the timeless and universal battle between good and evil as
told in the Indian epic, the Ramayana. The show provides an opportunity
for audience members to experience Kathak in its full expression - as
dance, music, theater, poetry, mime - integrated into one. The
production is directed by Pandit Chitresh Das' senior disciples, Seibi
Lee, Rachna Nivas and Rina Mehta. The show features an original score
along with an ensemble featuring some of India's finest musical artists.
Son of the Wind takes the art form deep within itself and highlights its original expressive form - that of storytelling.
Son of the Wind takes place on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets Prices start at $35 for adults; $25 for Children (12 and under); $25 for students,
must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID;
one ticket per student at that rate. . Ford Theatres are located at 2580
Cahuenga Blvd. East Hollywood, CA 90068 (just off the 101, between
Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass). Onsite parking is
limited and stacked. $12 per vehicle for evening shows.