The acclaimed Rudrakshya Odissi Dance Troupe from Odisha, India, has added Santa Cruz to its 22-city U.S. tour.
The show is Friday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Santa Cruz High School's auditorium at 415 Walnut Ave.
Under the tutelage of Guru Bichitrananda Swain, “Mokshya” is a uniquely choreographed dance performance consisting of male and female dancers.
Odissi dance is the oldest surviving dance form of India, and is rooted in spirituality with the ultimate goal of attaining Mokshya -- the spiritual liberation for the performer and audience, alike.
“These dancers are masters at their craft. When I heard they might come to Santa Cruz, I called (Indian Performing Arts Promotions) IPAP and helped make it happen,” said Professor Annapurna Pandey, who was born in Odisha, India, and teaches Cultural Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State University.
She adds, “Most people don’t realize that Odissi dance is actually the foundation of Bollywood dancing, and I think the audience will find Guru Bichitrananda Swain’s exceptional interpretation of Odissi breathtakingly beautiful and powerful.”
The tour began May 10 in Morristown, NJ, and will hit major U.S. markets including Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.risinginternational.org/dance