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 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, Douglas Bateman of the MD Kollektiv and Ederson Rodrigues Xavier. Sundari also creates solo works in collaboration with a variety of artists such as author Deepak Chopra, Indian composer Surajit Das, jazz composer and writer Stormvogel and numerous photographers, filmmakers and musicians across the globe.
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 Navarasa Gauri, Daya, Vizve, Bho, Saranágati, Mohini, Tusta, 2FOLD H/Y, Hanuman, 2FOLD A/G, Atma, Pavan, Samadhi’s 10-years anniversary performance ‘Between Worlds’ and her latest work ‘Samsara’ have all been successfully received by press and audience and the fan base currently reaches up to 47.000+ 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 for the Dutch Dance Audience Award (Danspublieksprijs) in the categories ‘Best Dancer of 2013’ and ‘Best Dance Performance of 2013’ for the dance performance Tusta and dancer Annlydie Groenen. February 2016 Vraja Sundari Keilman and the performance ‘Hanuman’ receive an official nomination for the Dutch Dance Audience Award (Danspublieksprijs) in the categories ‘Best Dancer of 2015′ and ‘Best Production of 2015′. March 2016 a photo of ‘Hanuman‘ by Alexander van der Linden feat. dancer Carl Refos is awarded with the title ‘Dance Photo of the Year’.
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/Gopika‘. In 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 creation titled ‘Pavan’ are presented internationally.
March 2017 Sundari presents Samadhi’s 10-years anniversary program ‘Between Worlds’ for 600+ audience members at the luxurious DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam. The program consisted of an opening act with guest choreography’s by some of Samadhi’s favourite artists, followed by a 100 min twofold main program of both new work as well as Samadhi’s favourite dance works, performed by Samadhi’s most significant dancers from the last 10 years. July 2017 Sundari presents the premiere of ‘Samsara’ during the 10-years anniversary of New Dance Studios at the Vondelpark Open Air Theater in Amsterdam. The new work is performed several times in Berlin and will be performed throughout Europe during the seasons of 2017/18. In 2018 the new production ‘KOSHA – Beautiful Monsters’ is scheduled to present its premiere in Amsterdam.
BALLETSCHOOL MARUT JORQUERA
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).