Director | Choreographer

Photo Karen Scheffers
Photo Karen Scheffers

VRAJA SUNDARI

Vraja Sundari graduated from the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2000 and the Codarts Bachelor Dance Department in 2004. At Codarts she received a scholarship for the Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program 2002 in the US and her choreographic works were performed in Cannes and throughout The Netherlands from 2001 to 2004. During her studies Sundari worked as a dancer and model in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France and The Netherlands for G-Star, Levi’s, Moschino and L’Oréal and choreographed for Moschino and Levi’s for several years.
As an intern, she worked for Julio Rivéra in NYC at age 16, Dylan Newcomb/Korzo in collaboration with De Doelen, Glenn van der Hoff at the Holland Dance Festival 2003 and at Ed Wubbe’s Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (2003/2004). At the Scapino Ballet she performed work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Sasha Steensk and Nanine Linning.
Hereafter Sundari worked for Bruno Listopad/Korzo, Douglas Bateman/MD Kollektiv and Ederson Rodrigues Xavier and collaborated with author Deepak Chopra, composers Surajit Das and Lovro Ravbar and several photographers, cinematographers and fashion designers. In 2005 Sundari presented her first independent works ‘3.3’ and ‘Krodha’ in collaboration with Locus010 in Rotterdam and the Muiderpoorttheater in Amsterdam.

 

SAMADHI DANCE COMPANY

In 2007 Sundari founded the Samadhi Dance Company in Amsterdam, for which she creates both independent as well as commissioned works. Her works have been warmly received by its audiences, peers and press, with currently over 80.000 followers on Samadhi’s and Sundari’s social media accounts.

In 2012 Sundari’s production Saranágati received the Dutch Dance Audience Award for ‘Favourite Dance Performance of 2011’.
In 2014 Sundari’s work ‘Tusta‘ received two nominations for the Dutch Dance Audience Award in the categories ‘Favourite Dancer of 2013’ and ‘Favourite Dance Performance of 2013‘.

Shortly after SDC became the resident company of Theater de Meervaart in Amsterdam (2014 and 2015) and produced works on a larger scale, such as Samadhi’s double bills titled ‘2FOLD H/Y‘ and ‘2FOLD A/G‘.

In 2016 Sundari’ and her work ‘Hanuman‘ received two nominations for the Dutch Dance Audience Award in the categories ‘Favourite Dancer of 2015’ and ‘Favourite  Production of 2015’ and Alexander van der Linden’s  photo of ‘Hanuman‘  is titled ‘Dance Photo of the Year’.

Since 2020 Sundari is working closely with Michael Schumacher to develop ways to enliven the global and local dance community in a profound yet playful and sustainable way. Her aim is to bring people, cultures and art genres together in a natural and authentic way.

Photography Bimala Naysmith
Photography Bimala Naysmith

SUNDARI’S TEACHINGS

Elwin de Groot/Vizetelly
Elwin de Groot/Vizetelly

In 2007 Sundari founded the Samadhi Dance Company in Amsterdam, for which she creates both independent as well as commissioned works. Her works have been warmly received by its audiences, peers and press, with currently over 80.000 followers on Samadhi’s and Sundari’s social media accounts.

In 2012 Sundari’s production Saranágati received the Dutch Dance Audience Award for ‘Favourite Dance Performance of 2011’.
In 2014 Sundari’s work ‘Tusta‘ received two nominations for the Dutch Dance Audience Award in the categories ‘Favourite Dancer of 2013’ and ‘Favourite Dance Performance of 2013‘.

Shortly after SDC became the resident company of Theater de Meervaart in Amsterdam (2014 and 2015) and produced works on a larger scale, such as Samadhi’s double bills titled ‘2FOLD H/Y‘ and ‘2FOLD A/G‘.

In 2016 Sundari’ and her work ‘Hanuman‘ received two nominations for the Dutch Dance Audience Award in the categories ‘Favourite Dancer of 2015’ and ‘Favourite  Production of 2015’ and Alexander van der Linden’s  photo of ‘Hanuman‘  is titled ‘Dance Photo of the Year’.

Since 2020 Sundari is working closely with Michael Schumacher to develop ways to enliven the global and local dance community in a profound yet playful and sustainable way. Her aim is to bring people, cultures and art genres together in a natural and authentic way.

Alexander van der Linden/Dephoid
Alexander van der Linden/Dephoid