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.

As Samadhi is currently in the creation process of its new production ‘2FOLD’ the team will present a nearly 30 minutes showcase titled ‘Rama’ presenting the new cast, style and explosive energy of the coming production ‘Hanuman’. The cast will consist of dancers Annlydie Groenen, Gaura Nataraj Das Furdak, Loura Sita van Krimpen, Vraja Sundari Keilman, Rasarani Keilman, Liam O’Callaghan, Gil Gomes Leal and more.

Music will consist of tracks by renowned crossover composers Olafur Arnalds, Anti Hero and Samadhi’s all-time favorite composer Nitin Sawhney and the entire performance exudes a vibrant energy and a powerful flow that will be sure to sweep you off your feet!

Want to be part of this unique and unforgettable festival? Visit www.holiradhadesh.com and/or www.facebook.com/HoliRadhadesh for more info on tickets, schedules and other activities. Only 2 weeks left so don’t wait too long to get your tickets as sales are going fast!

WHAT IS HOLI? It is a spiritual event originating in India which is generally held in early spring and signifies new life, growth and new beginnings. Holi, therefore, reminds us to colour our life with love, faith, and a generous spirit. It calls us to give and receive. And best of all, it’s just great fun! We get lost in colour, forget about our usual identity, and experience life – and each other — from a whole new perspective. Although the festival is mainly held in Spring, we all live in Belgium and therefore what better thing to do than move it into the middle of Summer where the weather is more suitable, in this way combining it with our annual Summer Festival (since 1980′s) for even more fun. See you all then and lets make this the Finest Belgian Colour Party !!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

More info on Radhadesh can be found at www.radhadesh.com and/or www.facebook.com/Radhadesh

Thank you Manu prabhu, Malati dd and the entire community of Radhadesh for inviting us once again and making us feel part of this wonderful world called Radhadesh, we are counting the days and just can’t wait to be back!

‘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!

July 18: Samadhi at the Vondelpark

Photo: Karen Scheffers – Dancer: Vraja Sundari Keilman
This Friday July 18 at 20:30 hr Samadhi is excited to be back at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater as part of ‘NDS presents Friends’, a special program organized by Glenn Westphal, artistic director of the New Dance Studios in Amsterdam. As we are still creating the new production ‘2FOLD’ Samadhi will present a nearly 10 minutes showcase titled ‘Rama/ presenting the new cast, style and explosive energy of the coming production ‘Hanuman’. The cast will consist of dancers Annlydie Groenen, Gaura Nataraj Das Furdak, Loura Sita van Krimpen, Vraja Sundari Keilman, Rasarani Keilman, Jeffrey Stuut and new additions to the team Marnix Lenselink, Daan Bootsma, Bryan Mandels, Joesphine van den Nieuwendijk, Agnes Phillipsen and Simone Wanders.

Music will consist of the tracks known as ‘the Conference’ and ‘Nadia’ by Samadhi’s all-time favorite composer Nitin Sawhney and the entire performance exudes a vibrant energy and a powerful flow that will be sure to sweep you off your feet! Entrance is free so if you are around come by and enjoy this magical evening of dance, music and art! Hope to see you there!

WHO: Samadhi Dance Company as part of ‘NDS presents Friends’

WHAT: Showcase ‘Rama’, an exuberant crossover dance performance

WHERE: Vondelpark Openluchttheater Amsterdam

TIME: 20:30 hr

ENTRANCE: Free

Concept/Choreography: Vraja Sundari Keilman

Dancers: Annlydie Groenen, Gaura Nataraj Das Furdak, Loura Sita van Krimpen, Vraja Sundari Keilman, Rasarani Keilman, Jeffrey Stuut, Marnix Lenselink, Daan Bootsma, Bryan Mandels, Joesphine van den Nieuwendijk, Agnes Phillipsen, Simone Wanders

Music tracks: Nitin Sawhney

Styling: Rasarani Keilman

Hair: Leo NG/ Hairfashion Amsterdam

Press release ‘2FOLD HY – Hanuman/YAH’

Foto: Karen Scheffers

PERSBERICHT – Amsterdam, 7 juli 2014

2FOLD H/Y nieuwste dansproductie van cross-over dansgezelschap Samadhi Dance Company

Wat is kracht? Hoe ben je sterk? En welke krachten worden er op jou uitgeoefend? Snel opkomend cross-over dansgezelschap Samadhi Dance Company (Danspublieksprijs 2011) onderzoekt in de eerste editie van de serie 2FOLD het thema ‘kracht’. Huischoreografe Vraja Sundari Keilman en de Braziliaanse gastchoreograaf Ederson Rodrigues Xavier (Zwaan 2002, Scapino Ballet) visualiseren ieder op eigenzinnige wijze in 2FOLD H/Y – Hanuman /YAH de ontdekking van ware kracht. Dansers onder andere bekend van ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ISH en Juste Debout vlechten Modern, Urban en Indiase dans ineen en creëren daarmee een krachtige, onvoorspelbare en pakkende dansvoorstelling. 2FOLD H/Y gaat op 12 september 2014 in première in De Meervaart te Amsterdam.


2FOLD

Onder de noemer 2FOLD brengt de Samadhi Dance Company de komende seizoenen een serie danstweeluiken ten tonele. Per editie creëren huischoreografe Vraja Sundari Keilman en een wisselende, gerenommeerde gastchoreograaf ieder een dansstuk. Het publiek wordt getrakteerd op een veelheid aan visie, beweging en stijl, waarbij een sprekend en actueel thema de verbinding is van het tweeluik. De Braziliaanse Ederson Rodrigues Xavier heeft zich als gastchoreograaf aan de eerste editie van 2FOLD verbonden.

2FOLD H/Y- Hanuman/YAH

Met ‘Kracht’ als thema onderzoeken Sundari en Xavier in ‘2FOLD H/Y – Hanuman/YAH’ ieder op eigenzinnige wijze de ontdekking van ware kracht. ‘Hanuman’ is de eerste helft van 2FOLD H/Y, een meeslepende en dynamische cross-over dansvoorstelling van huischoreografe Sundari rondom de Indiase aapachtige superheld Hanuman. De bijzondere krachten van Hanuman worden op een verrassende manier vertaald naar dans en theater. In ‘YAH’, de tweede helft van de voorstelling, interpreteert gastchoreograaf Xavier het thema ‘kracht’ op een meer wetenschappelijke wijze. Geïnspireerd door ‘Cymatics’, een metafysische techniek, volgt een fysieke reis waarin de effecten en kracht van geluid en woorden op de mens en het lichaam worden verkend.

Xavier toont in ‘YAH’ het menselijke karakter in tegenstelling tot de fictieve personages van Sundari uit ‘Hanuman’. Het gebruik maken van de Westerse wetenschappelijke kennis enerzijds en de Oosterse wijsheid en cultuur anderzijds zorgen voor een volmaakte balans in deze eerste editie van tweeluik 2FOLD H/Y.

Samadhi Dance Company

Samadhi Dance Company (SDC) is een snel opkomend dansgezelschap dat positief inhoudelijke werken creëert. Als geen ander is SDC in staat binnen de Westerse (dans)technieken, haar kennis van Oosterse culturen te laten versmelten tot een harmonieuze dansvoorstelling. Modern, Urban en Indiase dans complementeren elkaar en creëren zo de unieke cross-over danstaal/dansstijl die SDC karakteriseert.

Uitvoering

‘2FOLD H/Y’ wordt uitgevoerd door 8 professionele dansers onder andere bekend van So You Think You Can Dance, Juste Debout, ISH en Isabelle Beernaert. Het licht- en beeldontwerp is in handen van Mike den Ottolander. Items uit de Airfashion lijn onder leiding van Leo NG (Hairfashion) geven het geheel een uitgesproken look. De muziek bestaat deels bestaan bestaand werk van de IJslandse Olafur Arnalds en de bekroonde componist Nitin Sawhney. Voor het tweede deel van het tweeluik wordt de muziek verzorgd door componist Arnold Marinissen, live uitgevoerd door celliste Katharina Gross.

Meer informatie

Op vrijdag 12 september 2014 gaat 2FOLD H/Y in première in Theater De Meervaart in Amsterdam. Kaarten zijn vanaf heden verkrijgbaar via www.meervaart.nl

Voor boekingen neem gaarne contact op met Gerda Slot – Theaterbureau SLOT info@totslot.nl of bezoek www.totslot.nl.

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Noot voor de redactie

Voor meer informatie, foto’s of een interview kunt u contact opnemen met Eveline de Jong, marketing en pr, telefoonnummer, 06-41516797, samadhidancecompany@gmail.com

2FOLD H/Y Official trailer out now!

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

Samadhi Summer Season of 2014

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‘Hanuman – Leap of Faith’ – Photo: Karen Scheffers – Dancer: Liam O’Callaghan

This Summer might be the busiest season for Samadhi so far as not only will the company be performing throughout the Netherlands and Belgium, the dancers and choreographers will be working full time on Samadh’s new creation titled ‘2FOLD H/Y – Hanuman/YAH’ which promises to be a great and magical piece of art yet a great and demanding challenge as well! The twofold production consists of two full works by choreographers Vraja Sundari Keilman for the first part of the evening titled ‘Hanuman’ and the award-winning Brazilian choreographer Ederson Rodrigues Xavier for the second part of the evening titled ‘YAH’. The cast consists of a minimum of eight dancers and the entire evening will come to life by extraordinary stage and light designs created by the highly acclaimed designer Mike den Ottolander.

There is so much more we would like to share with you all concerning this wonderful new production but for now we advise our fans is to keep an eye on our coming news updates concerning more info or better yet; just to come see it for yourself!

The premiere will be held on September 12 of this year at the luxurious theater known as the Meervaart in Amsterdam and ticket sales are progressing nicely so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible to experience this fresh new, surprising and all-inspiring performance for yourself! Tickets can be ordered at www.meervaart.nl

In the mean time Samadhi will kick off the new Summer season with a specially made duet this Saturday June 21, 14:45 hr at the annual Festival of India in the center of Antwerp (BE) and entrance is free! For more information please visit www.govinda.be.

This remarkable performance of 20 minutes titled ‘Seva‘ is a meditative, sincere and heartfelt dance work performed by the virtuous and dedicated dancers Loura Sita van Krimpen and the nominated Belgium dancer Annlydie Groenen. They will perform excerpts of the award-winning ‘Saranágati‘ (2011) on music by Thomas Newman, Ingrid Michaelson, Anti Hero, A.R. Rahman and Mychael Danna mixed with spoken verses of the Bhagavad-Gita. The Festival also includes live music acts, most delicious vegetarian meals and more so if you are around don’t hesitate to join the fun!

Following this performance Samadhi is excited to be back at the Vondelpark this Summer on Friday July 18 to perform the closing piece of ‘NDS present Friends‘, a performance by New Dance Studios led by Glenn Westphal. As the new performance is still in the making, Samadhi will present an 8 minutes show case of some new work mixed with former choreography’s to create a blasting, highly energetic and colorful dance piece performed by our latest cast of fabulous dancers! The piece is carried by music tracks of A.R. Rahman, Michyael Danna and cross-over composer Nitin Sawhney and for a preview of this powerful performance view the following film to get in the mood!

And only a week later Samadhi will be back at one of its favorite places to perform ever, the paradise known as Radhadesh! This year the Summer Festival will take place on July 26 and July 27 and it will be as never before as the festival will be combined with the Holi celebration, a fun, colorful and rising event originated in India and spreading across the world as a most colorful, fun and enlivening celebration suitable for all ! For more information on Holi, the Summer Festival and Radhadesh please visit www.holiradhadesh.com.

Naturally we are absolutely honored to be part of the festival once again and will do our very best to inspire all visitors with a special performance titled ‘Rama’ containing new work again combined with former work on beautiful crossover music tracks by artists such as Nitin Sahwney, Olafur Arnalds, Anti Hero and more.

This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss so grab this opportunity now by ordering your tickets online and experience this Summer magic for yourself, nothing compares!

And only a few weeks later Samadhi will be back in the Netherlands to host the annual Lyrical Summer Dance Intensive, a unique collaboration with Samadhi’s most important partner known as the award-winning Balletschool Marut Jorquera in Baarn and the UK based ‘Spotlight School of Dance’ led by the fourth Keilman sister Gopi Keilman. Over 40 students from the Netherlands and the UK have already signed up for this special week of intensive dance so if you are up for a boosting, all-inspiring, challenging yet super fun and educational week of non-stop dance, don’t wait too long and sign up now by sending a mail to balletschoolmj@gmail.com mentioning your name, age and background plus level of dance. More information on this special intensive will be provided soon.

More info on this year’s Summer season will be announced in due time so keep an eye on our News Page! For now we wish our dear audience, fans and students a most wonderful, relaxing and invigorating start of the Summer, hope to see you soon!

‘2FOLD H/Y’ – Discovery of true strength

‘2FOLD H/Y – Hanuman/YAH’  - ‘Discovery of true strength’

Photo: Karen Scheffers

Choreographers/Dancers: Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, Vraja Sundari Keilman

Hair: Hairfashion Amsterdam by Leo NG – MU: Rasarani Keilman

To order your tickets please visit www.meervaart.nl.

‘Ravana’ from ‘Hanuman’ – 1st part ‘2FOLD H/Y’

Ravana – ‘Worst enemy’

From the dance performance ‘Hanuman’ by Vraja Sundari Keilman, 1st part of ‘2FOLD H/Y’ , a powerful twofold dance production in collaboration with De Meervaart and Ederson Xavier.

Photo by Karen Scheffers – Dancer: Gil Gomes Leal – MU: Rasarani Keilman

To order your tickets please visit www.meervaart.nl.

Blasting performance at the Meervaart

Blasting presentation of the Samadhi Dance Company at the sold out Meervaart theater in Amsterdam on April 14, 2014. Enjoy!


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Samadhi and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

What a news !! We couldn’t say too much too soon but the time has come that we proudly can announce that one of our photos from 2012 made by acclaimed photographer Karen Scheffers will be the face of the two year global campaign by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces!
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries are collectively known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and is recognized as one of Asia’s largest and finest hotel company.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces comprises 93 hotels in 55 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.

The selected photo is from our 2012 production ‘Mohini‘ displaying the amazing Italian dancer Ilaria Angelicchio and is presented together with two works of legendary dance photographer Lois Greenfield for Martha Graham Dance Company and Amy Marshall Dance Company. The fourth photo of the campaign is from Akram Khan’s spectacular ‘Vertical Road’ and needless to say its a true honor for us to be among such great artists.

Our first publication is a two page spread in the prestigious magazine Forbes and is now out in stores.

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Characterised by the marriage of ancient Vedas with modern Western art, Mohini has been chosen as the perfect representation of reinventing tradition – a central pillar of the Taj brand – in dance. Read more »