Kaeshi Chai Performs and Lectures at Tisch, NYU

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kaeshi Chai will present three projects she is currently working on, Bella Gaia, PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined and Bellydance Evolution to the Tisch Performance Studies Department of NYU, New York University.

The presentation will include:
Video and live performance excerpts
Lecture and discussion
Group exercises

Wednesday April 18th, 6.30pm-8pm
Tisch Building, 721 broadway, 6th Floor, between Washington and Waverly Place, NY 10003
Closest subways N-R to 8th St, 6 to Astor Place

FREE to the public and NYU students

Bella Gaia Dancers: Lale Sayoko, Irina Akulenko, Kaeshi Chai
PURE Reflections Teen Dancers: Maria Buitrago, Amada Traveras, Victoria Sorto

Curated by Tiffany Hanan Madera
Executive Director, Mideastern Dance Exchange Inc. 501C3
Director, hanan arts cooperative
www.hanan4peace.com

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Bella Gaia (Excerpt)
BELLA GAIA™ (Beautiful Earth) is an immersive theater experience that expresses the deeply moving beauty of planet Earth as seen through the eyes of astronauts by successfully simulating space flight. A “Living Media Atlas” journey of our world, BELLA GAIA™ is a portal for audiences to develop a deeper connection and empathy with planet Earth. Created by award winning director, composer and violinist Kenji Williams in collaboration with NASA. www.bellagaia.com Kaeshi, Irina Akulenko and Lale Sayoko are performing with the Bella Gaia Band in Houston, Texas for Earth Day, April 21st.
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PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined (Excerpt)
PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined is an acclaimed theatrical dance drama exploring body image, self-love and the struggle to accept both the light and dark sides of ourselves to become one integrated whole. www.purenyc.org
PURE Reflections was conceived of in 2009 by artistic director Kaeshi Chai, and developed by the members of PURE-NYC (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a multi-level community of dancers and musicians who strive to bring positive change to the world through ancient and modern world dance, PURE Reflections has been performed with different casts of over 25 dancers in NY, CT, Japan, Taiwan and Florida.

Rooted in Middle Eastern dance (bellydance), while taking inspiration from Modern, African, Flamenco, Butoh and other dance forms, PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined is visually stunning, poignantly touching, and deeply thought provoking.

Audiences have praised this show as “amazing and unique,” and raved: “I was hypnotized … and brought to a sincere enlightenment. It was beautiful, intelligently provocative … enthralling and impressive.”

PURE NYC recently successfully raised money through Kickstarter to mount a Reflections show on April 13th with teens at the A Philip Randolph High School in Harlem.