Natya Mandala performs one of the oldest forms of traditional Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam. Its features intricate footwork, complex rhythms, and depictions of mythological stories and emotions that can transport the dancer and the viewer to temples and spiritual places far beyond their surroundings.
Natya Mandala is an Indian classical dance awareness group that promotes traditional Indian dance forms through performance, shows, workshops and other events. Based on one of the oldest forms of Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam, its pieces range from purely abstract and rhythmic to devotional to dramatic to modern, with depictions of the divine in various forms. The troupe, led by dancer Smita Krishnaswami, is largely drawn from students, faculty, lab technicians and others at the Yale School of Medicine.
Joe will play music from his large catalog of original songs, informed by his diverse influences in folk, country, blues, cajun, rock and other music.
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood has worked the streets of Paris with the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, written songs with Levon Helm of The Band and won a gold record for his work with Blues Traveler. He’s released five albums under his own name; played with tap dancers in New Orleans, Cuban musicians in Key West, gypsies in France and Italy; and had on-stage and studio encounters with Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and John Sebastian. Shall we go on … ?
Here’s the music video for the song Wildflower, which Joe co-wrote with Jono Manson. It’s on Jono’s 2016 release The Slight Variations.
Fifteen young acrobats and dancers will perform their latest routine.
The Spot, Guilford Acrobatics & Co., is a training center in Guilford that teaches acrobatics, gymnastics, stunting, hip hop dance and more. Owner Danielle Scarpellino is a former competitive acrobat, cheerleading captain and coach, professional dancer and actress. Through the art of acrobatics, she inspires and encourages children of all ages and abilities.
See Scarpellino and some of her students and instructors in this 2018 clip from WNTH-TV’s CT Style.
The Guilford Green
Lou will perform Out of Rushmore’s Shadow, based on his quest to gain recognition for his grandfather, Luigi, the chief carver of the Mount Rushmore monument.
Actor, singer and storyteller Lou Del Bianco has created a dozen one-man historical, cultural and scientific shows, depicting the lives and achievements of the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Hans Christian Andersen and Frank Sinatra. His shows convey folk tales, myths and fables from around the world; native American philosophy; stories of the constellations and more. His six recordings have been featured in the New York Times, Billboard Magazine and other publications. His latest book is Out of Rushmore’s Shadow, about his grandfather’s work as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore national monument.
BSK Design at Greene Gallery
A cherished “hometown” band in these parts, The Guilford Ramblers perform a lively program of folk and bluegrass music.
Led by acclaimed Guilford musician Phil Rosenthal, a former Connecticut State Troubadour and lead singer in The Seldom Scene, the Guilford Ramblers perform Americana, folk and bluegrass music, featuring songs from traditional and contemporary sources, harmony singing and expert picking on banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, bass and other stringed instruments.
The internationally acclaimed dance company will present Come to Your Senses, a sensuous, multisensory experience featuring live performance and transmedia digital creations.
Pilobolus is among the world’s most innovative and rebellious dance companies—presenting unusually expressive works with otherworldly costuming and stunning theatricality. Pilobolus has tested the limites of human physicality for more than four decades, exploring the beauty and power of connected bodies and nonverbal communication through performance, education and facilitated experiences.
Check out the trailer for Come to Your Senses:
Guilford High School Performing Arts Center
Three dance companies—Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Shoreline Ballet and Starship Dance—combine to present a showcase of each company’s latest repertoire.
Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) has been one of Connecticut’s premier dance schools since 1992. Offering a curriculum that includes ballet, pointe, modern, character and jazz for students of all ages, ECB provides high-caliber training that challenges students to reach their full potential. Executive Director Lise Reardon and Artistic Director Gloria Govrin offer professional, New York City-level instruction to aspiring dancers and bring joy to thousands every year with live performances.
Shoreline Ballet provides students with the highest quality dance education and an environment where every student is valued and respected. It offers training in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, musical theatre and tap, and adult barre fitness. Director Kathryn Contessa danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company, Peter Sparling Dance Company and Jacobs Campbell Dance.
Sneak peek of just one of the dances from our Greatest Showman camp, these girls are looking awesome! #workingit #greatestshowman #theotherside #summerdance #summercamp #summerdancecamp #shorelineballet choreography credit @thepatrickjohn
Posted by Shoreline Ballet on Thursday, July 26, 2018
Starship Dance Studio offers superior technical dance training in an atmosphere that fosters creativity, motivation and a positive self-image. Its dance company comprises students as well as professionals and performs original children’s ballets in schools and other venues throughout the Shoreline. Artistic Director Joyce DiLauro studied at The American Ballet Theatre School, The American Ballet Center and Luigi’s Broadway Jazz Center. She has also studied modern dance, African dance and belly dancing, and is a certified Yoga teacher.