Azimuth Theatre and The Expanse Festival are thrilled to bring Kiruthika Rathanaswami to the main stage of the Chinook Series. Curated by the Good Women Dance Collective.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7 p.m.
in the Westbury Theatre at Edmonton Fringe Theatre
Kiruthika Rathanaswami premieres four new solo bharata natyam (Indian Classical Dance) works choreographed by Jai Govinda and visual & graphic design by Sridar Elumalai with the support of the Edmonton Arts Council. In the core work “Mohamana” Kiruthika will explore the mood of love, desire and sexual unity with lord Thyagaraja. The production highlights the intricate aspects of the dance form (nritta, nritya and natyam) and the freshness of its evolution through visual narratives to contextualize the dance for a diverse audience.
Kiruthika Rathanaswami is an Edmonton based bharata natyam (Indian Classical Dance) performer. For the past 22 years she has been under the mentorship and guidance of Jai Govinda, Artistic Director of Mandala Arts and Culture Society in Vancouver. She completed her bharata natyam arangetram (graduation) at the Jai Govinda Dance Academy in 2004 and since then has been a part of many of Mandala’s professional productions and presentations as a soloist, and ensemble. Kiruthika has performed in Canada and the United States at notable festivals such as Canada Dance Festival, Gait to the Spirit Festival, Horizon Series, Feats Festival, HH11 Dance Festival, Nextfest, Baltimore Dance Invitational, New Works Dance All Sorts, Discover Dance Noon Series, and Solo: A Festival of Dance. Kiruthika was also featured as the lead dancer in the documentary film “The Great Night of Shiva” (2011) which was broadcast nationally on Vision TV, Canada. In the summer of 2015, Kiruthika was invited to speak as panelist at a National Dance Symposium “Beyond Boundaries – Imagining a New Future for South Asian Dance in Canada” by Sampradaya Dance Creations in Mississauga, Ontario. Kiruthika is the recipient of 2010 Shastri India Studies Arts Fellowship from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the 2012 City of Vancouver “The Mayor’s Arts Award” for emerging artist in Dance and the 2016 Dancing Damsel Women Achiever Award for the Performing Arts.