Tag Archive: performance

Celebrating Refugees

 

We had an epic day at the One Journey Festival held on the lawn outside the impressive National Cathedral in Washington DC. The weather was on our side, the artists were amazing, the food delicious, the music terrific, and the message clear: Welcome Refugees. Thanks to all of our beautiful and talented dancers who participated in the event – you were awesome! We can’t wait for next year!!

 

 

Celebrate Refugees at Washington National Cathedral June 2

 

Join us tomorrow, rain or shine, at the One Journey Festival at the Washington National Cathedral! Enjoy dance, music, food, fashion, activities for children and more! The event is free. We hope to see you at our performance of Himalayan and Indian dances and at our workshop. Come celebrate the talents and contributions of refugees from around the world. https://goo.gl/8z2G1t

The Multidimensionality of the Refugee Issue

Refugees are often seen as a burden on society, however, we tend to ignore the multidimensionality of this issue. Refugees have a wealth of life experience, talents, skills, as well as resiliency. They can be, and are, contributors in so many areas. To ignore that potential is to bypass an opportunity to show our humanity, our compassion, and our desire for inclusivity. In short, the ‘refugee crises’ is, as this article states, more of a ‘crisis in response’. Come join us @1journeyfestival to share tales of hardship and joy, challenge and triumph. Witness some of the beauty and #culturaldiversity that refugees bring with them through the mediums of dance, music, food, and the arts. https://goo.gl/PdQis8

 

UNHRC/U.N. Refugees Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany at 1 Journey Festival June 2

 

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.

Celebrate Refugees at the One Journey Festival on June 2

 

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 Dashain 2017

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!

 

Kites of Asia

Gather your family and friends and join us for Kites of Asia, a day of free family programs at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, including (of course!) amazing kites, Himalayan dance and music, performances, mask making, and more! Grab the kids for an unforgettable day of entertainment and discovery from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. Utpalasia will be presenting folk, Buddhist, classical Indian, and Bollywood dances, followed by interactive workshops. Children will enjoy our coloring station, featuring Buddhist symbols, a demon mask and Vajrayogini crown. It’s all free, it’s all fun! Details at https://goo.gl/FMrwjrAir&Space

Alexandria Day School

Nepal Dance School will be presenting an in-house program for the Alexandria Day School this coming Monday. We are kicking off their Festival of Learning by showcasing Himalayan legends through dance and music. After the performance, students will be invited to participate and learn Nepali folk dance steps to traditional songs.

U.S. Marine Corps Performance

Nepal Dance School was honored to be asked to present a program of Himalayan Dance and Lore at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in April as part of the celebration of diversity in Asian culture.  NDS was awarded with a certificate of appreciation stating, “Your presence and performance here today has offered both insight and inspiration into the Asian culture.  Your vibrant music and dance serve as snapshots, highlighting the diverse, rich and intricate customs that have influenced Asia for centuries.  By sharing this experience with us, you have deepened our appreciation for the strength, honor, beauty and wisdom woven into the fabrics of Asian culture.”

Nepal Dance School being presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Marine Corp.

Nepal Dance School being presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Marine Corp.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Colonel D.J. Choike, Commander, and Gunnery Sgt. Albert Granillo, for their invitation and planning, all of which led to a wonderful event.  To learn more about the event, check out the April edition of the Quantico Sentry.

NDS Participates in Kites of Asia at the National Air & Space Museum

Join Nepal Dance School on March 19th from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for a full day event celebrating India and Nepal.  Highlights include Bollywood, Buddhist, classical Indian Kathak, and Nepali folk dance performances and workshops throughout the day.  NDS is also sponsoring a traditional musical instrument corner and art activities for children.  All programs are free.

Click here to add the event to your Google calendar.  Directions to the museum can be found here.  We hope to see you there!