Former child soldier – one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, and refugee turned actor/model, Ger Duany has given his support to the 1 Journey Festival. His work for the UNHRC and the plight of refugees is vocal and focused on creating dialogue and positive change. Join us as we take part in the conversation by showcasing the rich artistic heritage of countries around the world through dance, music, food, and storytelling. This is one journey we will all share as we move toward the future.
Utpalasia is pleased to present dances and a workshop from the Himalayan region and India at this first-ever festival to honor the achievements and contributions of refugees.
Photo: Ger Duany, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, via Twitter.
Join us as we take part in the One Journey Festival, to be held on June 2 at the Washington National Cathedral. Come celebrate the contributions, talents, and stories of refugees from around the world. More than 65 million people have been displaced due to war and persecution, but no matter their country they are part of a larger journey – that of humanity. Food, music, art, and dance, as well as storytelling, will make this day one of discovery and sharing. Utpalasia will be performing Himalayan Folk and Indian Kathak dance along with a workshop as part of our commitment to create an environment of exchange, dialogue, and celebration of the things that bind us all together as One.
Happy International Dance Day for all those who find a special meaning in space, energy, motion, and creative thought! Whatever your style, whatever your beat, dance is the language that brings people together! In 1982 the International Dance Council established Dance Day (CID at UNESCO) and April 29 has been celebrated ever since by professionals and amateurs hoping to bring the beauty and excitement of this art to audiences through classic and original forward-thinking performances. Whether you love dancing around the house or entertaining on stage, dance is the ultimate expression and fusion of body and soul!
Mark the date on your calendar – April 14, 2018 – for the next University of Mary Washington Multicultural Festival to celebrate the richness of diversity. Utpalasia will be performing a varied cultural program of Buddhist, Classical Kathak, Bollywood, and Folk dance on the promenade of Lee Hall between 2:15 and 2:45pm. The performance participants include members of Utpalasia, Eagle Bhangra, and some of our students from India School in Bethesda. We are excited to be a part of this event which attracts more than 5,000 people annually. We also invite you to come and see original designs in jewelry, Boho handicrafts, and unique clothing at our beautiful orange tent, Yak Yak Yak Nepal! We hope to see you there!
Come celebrate Holi Festival with us at Durga Temple this coming Saturday, March 3 as some of our junior dancers present Bollywood and Kathak items in the cultural program, which begins at 1:30. Holika Dahan will be from 5:30 to 5:30pm. Details are available here: https://goo.gl/CnD2Fm
Join us tomorrow for the International Festival in Alexandria, Virginia when Utpalasia kicks off the show at 12pm with Bollywood classics and some new hits! It promises to be a beautiful day, so why not grab the kids and come out to Waterfront Park to enjoy the food, fun, and festivities!
Thanks to all who turned out to support our youngest dancers as they enchanted the audience with their Bollywood and Kathak items for Dussehra/Dashain at Durga Temple on Saturday. It was exciting to see our performers present original choreography by Tasherit with so much grace and charm. You rocked the stage and the house!!
A very Happy Dashain to all from everyone here at Utpalasia! Join us at Durga Temple in Fairfax Station on September 30 as we participate in the annual Dussehra Cultural Program. Students from some of our classes will be presenting two Bollywood items and a traditional Kathak religious piece from 5:00-6:00pm. More info: https://goo.gl/jpHoKD We hope to see you there!
The women of Nepal are thronging Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu and their natal village homes to celebrate a unique festival which takes places each year in the month of Bhadau. Resplendent in their red saris, sindoor powder, glass bangles, and tilhari necklaces women sing and dance and perform cultural programs. The festival begins lasts for five days and includes prayer, fasting, puja, nightly vigils, and ritual bathing. You can see more here: https://goo.gl/pioa4W
April 29 is International Dance Day, the global celebration of poetic movement, rhythmic motion, and expressive artistry. No matter what the style, dance – like music – is a language of imagination, universally understood and appreciated. So put on your best shoes (or take them off!) and let the music and your inner fantasy take you wherever they may. Happy Dancing!!