East Meets West in Visual and Musical Collaboration

Austin Dance India and Texas Musician Bob Livingston Perform Aug. 23

Aug. 4, 2008

Classical Indian dance and Texas music will partner up later this month at UT Dallas in a cultural fusion of Lone Star and Eastern performing traditions.

The second half of the evening features Anuradha performing with Bob Livingston’s Cowboys & Indians band in a performance that has been called a “wild East show of the imagination.”

The unique two-part dance and music presentation, organized as a cultural sharing experience, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre.

Beginning the evening will be a performance by Austin Dance India troupe based on the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam. Dancer and choreographer Anuradha Naimpally performs classical technique with a contemporary edge. Weaving movement with the lyrics and music, Anuradha has created pieces set to pre-recorded music ranging from Indo-Jazz to American pop.

The second half of the evening features Anuradha performing with Bob Livingston’s Cowboys & Indians band in a performance that has been called a “wild East show of the imagination.” Influences include traditional Indian music and chants, as well as original American pop music. Livingston got the idea for the group while he was in India for a U.S. State Department cultural exchange tour. He worked with friend and songwriter Bobby Bridger to make the multicultural musical and visual experience a reality.

“We’re all about multiculturalism; we have players from India and Texas. I want the audience to see that we’re not that far apart.” said Livingston. “Global connections are what we’re trying to create.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Indian Classical Music Circle (ICMC). General admission tickets are $25; however, ICMC members may attend at no charge. Tickets may be purchased by calling (214) 336-3459 or on-line.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UT Dallas, visit ah.utdallas.edu or call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787). Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.


More information: http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0809/icmc.htm
Media Contacts: Karah Hosek, UT Dallas, 972-883-4329, karah.hosek@utdallas.edu

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The Austin Dance India troupe’s performance, which begins the evening, is based upon the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam.

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