The first day of the dance festival, November 4, 2017, features the lively Tibetan Ral-pa dance, the dance of the wanderers that combines recitation and acrobatics, performed by graduates of the Tibetan Institute of the Performing Arts in Dharamsala; graceful folk dances which evoke the daily life of the people from Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost archipelago; and soulful flamenco with the ensemble of Sol La Argentinita, who over the past decade has established herself as one of the top flamenco dancers/choreographers in New York.
The second day of the festival, November 5, 2017, features Sounds of Korea, under the direction of Sue Yeon Park, noted master artist and recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, in an engaging repertoire that includes the fan dance and the drums of ecstasy; the vibrant Ballet Fiesta Mexicana founded by Yloy Ybarra that celebrates the diverse regional repertory of Mexico, and is accompanied by New York’s only all-female mariachi band; and Kinding Sindaw, New York’s stellar group dedicated to reclaiming, recreating and preserving indigenous Philippine culture and traditions.
Lotus Music & Dance, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1989 by master Bharata Natyam dancer Kamala Cesar. It is a performance space, sanctuary, and center of education for traditional and indigenous performing arts forms. The mission is to keep alive and accessible the music and dance traditions of all world cultures.
$15 Students / Seniors
$20 General (in advance)
$50 Premiere Seating and refreshments
$36 Both days early bird special (in advance gets you both the Saturday and Sunday shows)