The Song of the dark Lord by Jayadeva. An allegorical love poem about Krishna and Radha.
Based on the Hindu scriptural text Devi Mahatmyam, the production highlights the dramatic legends of the great goddess Durga/Kali, Destroyer of Demons and Protector of Mankind.
A famous Bengali tragedy by India's Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore showing the futile attempt of an untouchable girl to rise above her caste.
A series of seasonal songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore.
A compelling story of a western-trained dancer, her inner struggles with contemporary life patterns, of visions and understanding philosophy of life through Indian dance ritual. Beyond physical movement is the dance of the Mind; beyond that is Moksha, Liberation.
The Nine Jewels is a dance theater production that draws its inspiration from the traditions of Sanskrit drama amd Miniature paintings in India dating from the 15th to 20th centuries. The selected nine paintings act as representations of nine human emotions that are brought to life as short vignettes within the frame of a play.
The Five elements in Prayer A work depicting the creation of the Universe in a juxtaposition of dance, theater, sculpture, poetry and narrative. The work is a based on a sculpture of four charred trees by Japanese sculptor Thomas Matsuda.
In Praise of Tara:
Indo-Tibetan Tantric Dance Theater Dance of the Deities: A series of dances and theatrical scenes that highlight the essence of prayer common to India, Nepal and Tibet through Hinduism and Buddhist worship. Scenes depict life of Sakyamuni Buddha from his miraculous birth to his renunciation and prominent Tibetan Deities.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary On November 1, 2007 Nataraj Dance Company under the leadership of its founder and artistic director Ranjanaa Devi, premiered its newest dance theater production at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Mudra is a spectacular work linking dance, live music and theater through a series of arresting scenes. Drawing upon ancient ritual, dialogue, poetry, and image, Devi creates a remarkable visual tapestry of ideas that are expressed through gestures -- (abstract and literal), movements and spoken words. Mudra will expose the audience to the sheer beauty, power and skill of the hand; it will highlight the importance of the hand as a part of the human body and will show how the fingers help to express thoughts and emotions in their fullest sense.
Mudra is the Sanskrit word for a hand gesture depicting a thought, an idea or a word in classical Indian dance. Used in narrative and poetic dance sequences, Mudras uniquely tell the story in a literal way making the words of the song almost inconsequential for those educated in Indian classical dance. Mudra is also contemporary, as simple and complex hand gestures are used by people as a tool for communication on a daily basis. Mudra includes Nataraj dancers, guest musicians, dancers and theater and video artists as in this production.