Oct 31: ‘Hanuman’ at the India Dans Festival by Korzo

Foto: Karen Scheffers
On October 31 Samadhi will be performing its latest mesmerizing production titled ‘Hanuman’ during the India Dans Festival organized by and held at the Korzo Theatre in Den Hague. Naturally the company is excited to present its latest work at this prestigious festival and theater, especially seeing the background of artistic director and creator of ‘Hanuman’  Vraja Sundari Keilman; already 10 years ago Sundari’s professional career as a contemporary dancer kicked off at the same production company when working for the acclaimed modern dance choreographer Bruno Listopad (2004 to 2005). Now, completing the cycle, Sundari is back to present her own work with her cast of magnificent performers and the team is up and ready to create some magic!
The performance commences at 20.00 hr followed by a Q&A afterwards with Sundari and the audience for those who are interested.
Tickets are € 15,- and can be purchased online. Note that tickets are lower in price when purchased online.

For more information visit Korzo’s website.

Hanuman Official Trailer

For those who missed ‘Hanuman’’s premiere or want to relive some of the highlights of this stunning production, here is our latest trailer filmed by Lars Steenhoff and edited by Vraja Sundari Keilman. Enjoy!

Actor/Singer: Chris Kuijken Aka Charan – Lights: Mike den Ottolander – Dancers: Daan Bootsma, Josephine van den Nieuwendijk, Sarada Sarita Keilman, Marnix Lenselink, Rasarani Keilman, Vraja Sundari Keilman, Loura Sita van Krimpen, Gil Gomes Leal, Shailesh Bahoran, Ken Srisangkhan, Bryan Mandels, Simone Wanders.

Interview Vraja Sundari in Dans Magazine

Photo: Karen Scheffers – Hair: Hairfashion Amsterdam by Leo NG – MU: Rasarani Keilman, Charan

Read this inspiring interview in Dans Magazine with the founder and artistic director of the Samadhi Dance Company Vraja Sundari Keilman and the influence of positivity on professional dance:

http://dansmagazine.nl/interviews/de-invloed-van-positiviteit-op-samadhi-dance-company

‘2FOLD H/Y’ premiere by Karen Scheffers

View and admire this stunning collection of photographs made by the renowned photographer Karen Scheffers taken during the premiere of ‘2FOLD H/Y‘ at the Meervaart Theater in Amsterdam. Big thanks to Karen for once again creating beautiful memories of an unforgettable evening!

Mesmerizing premiere of ‘2FOLD H/Y’

Photo: Karen Scheffers

Thank you dear audience and fans for your incredible support and love previous Friday, it truly was a dream come true…!! Who thought we could actually fill up the theater with ‘just’ dance performances?! YEAH for the art of dance !! And its always bittersweet when the performance has passed, you work for months towards this moment and then it literally flies by, we want to do it again !! But we know this was just the beginning and we can’t wait to develop and grow on stage with this work, luckily more shows are coming and we will be sure to keep you informed !! For now BIG thanks to this incredible audience ( we truly have the BEST fans!), De Meervaart for giving us this opportunity and the incredible 2FOLD team that made it all happen!

Below some responses from our audience and press:

‘Met ‘2Fold Hanuman/YAH’ bewijst Samadhi DC weer ‘ns tot de ‘buitencategorie’ van de dansgezelschappen te behoren. Vooral het deel ‘Hanuman’ van het tweeluik is een pakkend, oogstrelend en overweldigend visueel spektakel. Een sublieme combinatie van dans, licht, muziek, kostuums, decor, zang en vertelling. Dit en de Samadhi DC zo kenmerkende buitengewoon passionele inzet van de uiterst begaafde danser(es)s(en) maakt dit tot een dansvoorstelling van absolute topklasse!!’ – Eric van Opstal

‘Sundari gaat all-in, en het werkt! Niet vaak gaat een uur zo snel voorbij.’ – Theaterkrant

‘Een mooi, vernieuwend antwoord op de sprookjesballetten van Het Nationale Ballet. ‘Hanuman’ zou makkelijk uitgebreid kunnen worden tot avondvullende voorstelling. Met de kostuums, het decor, het dansidoom en de kwaliteit van de dansers ligt hiervoor een perfecte basis.’ – 1e Rang.nl

‘I still can NOT get over what I saw Friday 12 September evening, nor do I want to…I was touched to my very core, because I witnessed what I believe is the very essence of dance…The last weeks I have been trying to put in words to describe the amazing piece Vraja Sundari Keilman has choreographed…but I can’t, words do not do it justice. It was beyond amazing…(….) Thanx to ALL of Samadhi Dance Company for giving me life…’ – Roy Jonathans

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.

Rocking performance at the Vondelpark

Photo: Ronnos

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 !!!

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!

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 »