Director | Choreographer

Background

Vraja Sundari Keilman (1982, Amsterdam) receives her pre-education at the Amsterdam Theater School (1995 – 2000) and is granted her first internhip at the age of 16 for Julio Rivera’s Horton dance company ‘Contemporary Motions’ in New York. From 2000 to 2004 Vraja studies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy/Codarts Performance Department where she receives a scholarship for The Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program of 2002 in Becket, USA. In 2004 her work ‘Romneya’ (2003) is selected for the Rotterdam Dance Academy’s main repertoire and is presented at the l’Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower Exchange Program in Cannes. From 2003 to 2004 Vraja works as an apprentice for Dylan Newcomb (Korzo), Glenn van der Hoff (Djazzex) and the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. At the Scapino Ballet Vraja performs choreography’s of Sacha Steenks and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. In the following years Vraja works as a free-lance dancer with choreographers Bruno Listopad for Korzo Productions (04/05), Douglas Bateman of the MD Kollektiv (2005) and Ederson Rodrigues Xavier (2007).  She also creates solo works in collaboration with a variety of artists such as author Deepak Chopra (2006), Indian composer Surajit Das (2006), jazz composer and writer Stormvogel (07/08) and numerous photographers, filmmakers and musicians in- and outside of the Netherlands.

SAMADHI DANCE COMPANY

January 2007 Vraja Sundari founds the Samadhi Dance Company in Amsterdam and presents her first short work for the company titled Blue Boy (2007). Ever since all of her productions for the Samadhi Dance Company such as NavarasaGauri (2008), Daya (2008), Vizve (2009), Bho (2010), Saranágati (2011), Mohini (2012),  Tusta (2013 /14), 2FOLD H/Y (2014), Hanuman ( 2014 – 2015 ), 2FOLD A/G (2015), Atma (2015-2017) and Pavan (2016/2017) have been successfully received by press and audience and the fan base currently reaches up to 35.000+ fans spread over the world.

In 2012 Sundari’s production Saranágati receives the prestigious Dutch Dance Audience Award (Danspublieksprijs) for ‘Best Dance Performance of 2011′. Early 2014 the company receives two official nominations in the categories ‘Best Dancer of 2013’ and ‘Best Dance Performance of 2013’ for the dance performance Tusta. February 2016 Vraja Sundari Keilman, the performance Hanuman and a photo of Hanuman by Alexander van der Linden receive an official nomination in the categories ‘Best Dancer of 2015′, ‘Best Choreography of 2015′ and ‘Dance Photo of the Year’. 

 

 

Photos: Karen Scheffers
Photos: Karen Scheffers
Photo by Bimala Naysmith
Photo by Bimala Naysmith

During the fall season of 2015 the company presents its first Benelux theatertour of Hanuman made possible by Theaterbureau Slot. Shortly after the company premieres its second edition of 2FOLD titled Atma/GopikaIn the series 2FOLD Sundari presents a double bill with one or more renowned guest artists of diverse disciplines. In 2016 the first part Atma, a performance inspired by Ananda Monet’s album Inevitable Time, and Sundari’s new performance Pavan, a tribute to the legend Srila Prabhupadawill be presented internationally. 

Besides her work for the company, Vraja Sundari is also a beloved guest teacher and coach in contemporary/modern ballet since 2005 at various dance academies in The Netherlands, such as Codarts, Albeda Dans College and the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts.
With her sisters Rasarani and Sarada Sarita Keilman, Sundari currently runs the award-winning Balletschool Marut Jorquera in Baarn, following in the footsteps of their mother Marutvati Keilman-Jorquera (1951-2010).

Photo: Karen Scheffers
Photo: Karen Scheffers