Created from the words of Kalanidhi’s own dancers and set to an original score, Why We Dance expresses in movement four aspects of Kuchipudi that inspire them to dance: Heritage, Freedom, Storytelling, and Community. From a spiritual exploration of Kuchipudi’s origins, to a playful celebration of lifelong friendship, each work reveals a unique aspect of Kuchipudi that has captured the dancer’s imagination.
In Rasa, the nine emotions of love, happiness, fear, sorrow, disgust, wonderment, anger, courage and peace unfold in a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary movement. Set against the great Indian epic, Ramayana, Rasa seamlessly weaves together a time-honored story with the portrayal of the moods themselves.
Indian classical dance is rooted in tradition, yet its reach spans continents, breaking borders of culture, nationality, and aesthetics. Yaatra, or Journey, is an evening of traditional pieces and original choreography, reflecting Kalanidhi Dance’s own journey through the ancient yet relevant world of Kuchipudi. The evening is united by the cultural threads that bind the dancers to their art while supporting their expansion into non-traditional spaces.
Dancing with Siva invokes the Lord of Dance in an explosive evening of traditional and new work. The production continues the company’s signature style of staying true to its classical roots, while pushing the boundaries of the art form to create dance that is dynamic, inventive, and inspired.
Set in the ancient kingdom of Golconda during Mughal rule, this historical dance drama tells the true love story between Muslim prince Quli Qutb Shah and Bhagmati, a beautiful Hindu temple dancer. The young couple is confronted at every turn by judgment, conflict and jealousy, and struggle to overcome the barriers of religion and social status to be together.
Kalanidhi Dance presents Nrityamaalika, an evening of classical Kuchipudi in the dynamic and refined Vempati Chinna Satyam style. Structured in the fashion of a traditional Kuchipudi maargam (path, or format), the repertoire highlights the nuanced grace and pungent rhythms of Kuchipudi, all embedded in stories from Hindu mythology.
Live music may be arranged by request.
Short performances of classical Kuchipudi Kalanidhi Dance is available for performances ranging from 15 to 45 minutes in length. Based in the traditional repertoire of the Vempati Chinna Satyam style, these presentations showcase Kuchipudi’s perfect blend of control and abandon, strength and delicacy.