Sneakpeek ‘Hanuman’ rehearsal

A glimpse behind the scenes of the crossover dance production ‘Hanuman’, part of the 2FOLD series in collaboration with the Meervaart theater in Amsterdam.

Premiere Friday Sept 12, 2014 at the Meervaart, Amsterdam.

Tickets available at www.meervaart.nl

Live vocals by Charan.

Dancer Marnix Lenselink as ‘Hanuman’.

Audio: Olafúr Arnalds, Radhanath Swami.

Choreography & Concept: Vraja Sundari Keilman based on the ‘Ramayana’ by Valmiki.

Rehearsal of Samadhi Dance Company August 2014 at the studios of Balletschool Marut Jorquera in Baarn.

Press release ‘2FOLD HY – Hanuman/YAH’

Foto: Karen Scheffers

PRESS RELEASE

2FOLD H/Y by the Samadhi Dance Company

What is power? What does it mean to be strong? And what forces are exerted on you? The discovery of true power is central to the first edition of double bill 2FOLD – titled Hanuman / YAH, an exciting co-production with the Meervaart theater in Amsterdam. Resident choreographer Vraja Sundari Keilman and Brazilian guest choreographer Ederson Rodrigues Xavier (Swan 2002, Scapino Ballet) aim to merge different styles, rhythms, techniques and cultures into a magical whole.

2FOLD H/Y – True Strength
‘Hanuman’ is an immersive and dynamic crossover dance production around the Indian apelike superhero Hanuman. The special powers of Hanuman are translated into dance and theater by Sundari in a unique and inspiring manner. In ‘YAH’ Xavier interprets the theme in a more scientific way. Inspired by “Cymatics” a metaphysical technique, a physical journey is displayed in which the effects and power of sound and words on to man and the body are explored. Western scientific knowledge on the one hand and Eastern wisdom and culture, on the other hand provide a perfect balance in this first edition of 2Fold. Read more »

2FOLD H/Y Official trailer

OFFICIAL TRAILER 2FOLD HY – Hanuman/YAH out now!
‘Strength is within’

…’that he and I breathe the same air and that the Earth we tread is one.’ Ramayana

Premiere: Sept 12, 2014 at the Meervaart Amsterdam.
Ticket sales: meervaart.nl

Film: Ken Srisangkhan, Vraja Sundari Keilman
Concept: Vraja Sundari Keilman, Ederson Xavier, Ken Srisangkhan and dancers
Dancers: Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, Vraja Sundari Keilman, Liam O’Callaghan, Rasarani Keilman, Sarada Sarita Keilman, Gilberto Gomes Leal
Music remix: Vraja Sundari Keilman, Merlijn Verboom
Light: Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, Ken Srisangkhan
MU: Rasarani Keilman, Vraja Sundari Keilman, Sarada Sarita Keilman
Assistance: Loura Sita van Krimpen, Chris Kuijken Aka Charan
In collaboration with Chassé Dance Studios/Glenn Westphal.
Copyright © 2014 Samadhi Dance Company

Meet SDC’s new dancer Gil Gomes Leal

Introducing our insanely fierce and ferocious new dancer, the truly one and only Gil Gomes Leal aka ‘The Grid’ (Juste Debout Experimental World Champion 2013), portraying the notorious role of Ravana, the evil king of Lanka:

Wanna see more of this legendary dancer? Get your tickets now at www.meervaart.nl !!

Meet SDC’s new dancer Shailesh Bahoran

Meet the latest addition to our team of dancers, the incredible Shailesh Bahoran (ISH, Korzo)), portraying the powerful role of Sri Ramachandra in 2FOLD’s ‘Hanuman’:

This mindblowing film titled ‘AGHORI’ directed by Shueti on music by Amon Tobin gives a strong idea of Shailesh’s amazing skills, expression and energy. We are extremely proud to have him with us for this powerful new performance of Samadhi, so if this gives you chills, make sure to get a good seat during our premiere Sept 12 and order your tickets now at tickets.meervaart.nl !!

The dancers of 2FOLD H/Y

Only one month to go before Samadhi’s latest dance production ‘2FOLD H/Y’ will premiere at Samadhi’s home theater De Meervaart in Amsterdam and the excitement and nerves are definitely starting to kick in !!! But how can we not be excited to share this new work with our dear audience? This double bill dance performance performed by the most wicked, skilled and electrifying cast ever, promises to take you to a whole other level, a world of dance, music and pure art straight from the heart !! In the meantime we are extremely proud to introduce you to our stunning new cast of dancers and just to get to know our new dancers, we will present short films of these great talents in the coming weeks, so make sure you are getting our updates in your News Feed as it will be absolutely worth the wait!

Don’t have tickets yet for the premiere? Order your tickets now at www.meervaart.nl and experience the Samadhi magic for yourself!

From left to right: Vraja Sundari Keilman – Loura Sita van Krimpen – Sarada Sarita Keilman – Rasarani Keilman – Liam O’Callaghan – Gil Gomes Leal- Shailesh Bahoran – Ken Srisangkhan – Marnix Lenselink (intern) – Josephine van den Nieuwendijk – Daan Bootsma (intern) – Bryan Mandels (intern)

Rocking performance at the Vondelpark

Photo: Alexander v/d Linden/Dephoid

What an INCREDIBLE audience previous Friday July 18 at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND SUPPORT !!! And a big thank you to Glenn Westphal/ New Dance Studios for the opportunity, Ken Srisangkhan for the awesome film, Alexander Van Der Linden/Dephoid and Ron Hey for the wonderful photography and the entire Samadhi Dance Company crew including all friends, family, fans and students, it really was a PURE DELIGHT to perform for you all and we can’t wait for more !!!

Radhadesh Summer Bliss

Photos: Ronnos / Yvonne Pels Niesink

Already a week ago since our Radhadesh adventure…. yet the bliss from this weekend continues… !!! Words fail completely to describe accurately the overwhelming love and humbling appreciation we received this weekend, being showered with such love, heartfelt responses and enthusiasm made our hearts pour over, it is SO MUCH MORE than we could wish for and were expecting !!! And how ridiculous a mere ‘thank you’ sounds to such warm responses, this weekend was life-changing no doubt !!!! Manu prabhu and the entire Radhadesh community, we will never be able to express properly how special and beyond inspiring this experience was and how hard it is to return to our daily lives after such paradise !!!! It was an extremely challenging mission and we are definitely not there yet but what an honor to present the first glimpses of ‘Hanuman’ to such an enlightened, dear and appreciative audience, we will never forget this !!! And as a thank you is way too little to express our gratitude, hereby a HUGE virtual EMBRACE to all who was there to support and receive our work, THANK YOU BEYOND WORDS !!!!

July 26/27: Samadhi @ Summer Holi Festival in Radhadesh

Photo: Karen Scheffers – Dancer: Gil Gomes Leal

As every year this Summer Samadhi is honored to be part of Radhadesh’s annual Summer Festival in Belgium and this year the festival will take it to another level by adding Holi! Holi is known as the colorful festival where participants shower each other in paint, a celebration increasingly growing in popularity all over the world and as it is an ancient Indian tradition, where else within Europe can one celebrate such a great event Indian style as one can in Radhadesh?! Radhadesh is THE place to experience Holy India within Europe with its most inviting and friendly community always ready to serve its visitors and its most magical temple within the fairytale like castle, a memorable characteristic of Radhadesh. Read more »

‘2FOLD Hanuman/YAH’ series by Karen Scheffers

View this stunning collection of photographs by the acclaimed dance photographer Karen Scheffers displaying the virtuosity of the dancers and choreographers Vraja Sundari Keilman, Ederson Rodrigues Xavier and powerful dancers Liam O’Callaghan and our latest addition to the Samadhi team Gil Gomes Leal. Makeup and hair are done by the award-winning hair artist Leo NG from Hairfashion Amsterdam and the multitalented Rasarani Keilman. The shoot took place at the spacious studios of SDC’s partner Balletschool Marut Jorquera in Baarn and we are just in love with these gems of a photos! Thank you Karen for these outstanding and simply eye-catching results, once again you exceeded all our expectations and it was as always a true pleasure working with you!