‘Pavan’ and Mudra Dance & Improvisation Workshop at the Bhakti Yoga Festival in Tuscany

This summer we are excited to announce our participation at the Bhakti Yoga Festival on June 23 and 24 in the beautiful surroundings of Villa Vrindavan in Tuscany! Samadhi will first present a special performance of ‘Pavan‘ on Saturday June 23, followed by a unique workshop in Mudra Dance & Improvisation on Sunday June 24. The diverse program of the festival will consist of inspiring workshops in several styles of yoga, Ayurveda teachings, mantra music and the joyous celebration of the annual Holi Festival. Samadhi’s ‘Pavan’ will be performed by Vraja Sundari and new company member Sara Liguori on June 23 at 21:30 hr and the workshop taught by Vraja Sundari and assisted by Sara Liguori will take place on Sunday June 24 from 16:15 to 18:00 hr.

Read more at bhaktifestival.it

'Pavan', expressing the voice of the heart

Pavan‘ is a meditative dance performance where the dancers seek to hear and express the voice of their heart. This touching journey explores the meaning of self-realisation and the need for purpose. The desire to connect with the true self and the world around them, discovering the value of relationships with others, is expressed through dance, meditative energy and touching music tracks, where vulnerability and courage lead the dancers into a hypnotising physical dialogue with each other and the audience. Read more about ‘Pavan’ at repertoire/pavan
‘Pavan’ – June 23 at 21:30hr | Villa Vrindavan, Italy
More info at bhaktifestival.it

 

Photo by Karen Scheffers
Photo by Karen Scheffers
Vraja Sundari Keilman - Photo by Karen Scheffers
Vraja Sundari Keilman – Photo by Karen Scheffers
Sara Liguori
Sara Liguori
Vraja Sundari Keilman - Photo by Karen Scheffers
Vraja Sundari Keilman – Photo by Karen Scheffers

Mudra Dance & Improvisation Workshop by Vraja Sundari

In the Mudra Dance & Improvisation Workshop taught by Samadhi Dance Company’s founder and director Vraja Sundari Keilman participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the use of Mudras (hand gestures) in dance combined with Samadhi’s unique dance style. This dance style is characterised by its innovative fusion of contemporary dance combined with yoga, classical ballet, urban dance, modern jazz and Indian classical dance. Working with the techniques used to create this fusion encourages the participant to move beyond the boundaries of style, physical limitations and age to find unity within diversity. The philosophy is based on the teachings of bhakti yoga as a means to enhance the body-mind relationship and move from the heart, collaborating with the body in a harmonious manner. Basic principles of this style, the implementation of the yoga of the nine emotions (navarasas) as stated in the Natya Shastra and the use of hand gestures – mudras – are actively explored in an uplifting and inspiring manner.
Mudras are used in Indian classical dance as a means to speak through dance and visually convey stories or things, as well as inner feelings. They are also used during meditation to channel the body’s energy flow and improve health. Mudras have a direct connection with the heart chakra and help unblock the meridians, enhancing the flow of movement. Besides its beneficial effects, the gestures bring a certain grace to one’s posture as well as improving the quality of movement and individual expression.

Through the use of playful improvisational tasks, meditative choreography and energetic coaching, the participants are given space to explore their physical possibilities and individual dance style in a free and positive way. By working in groups participants will also have the chance to share their explorations, inspiring and encouraging each other to express themselves freely and authentically within a safe and uplifting environment.

Sundari’s classes aim to improve body-mind awareness by using the intelligence as a means to understand and collaborate with the body in a healthy and efficient way. The body is seen as an instrument or bridge to connect with others and express inner movement with the outer world. She aims to celebrate and rediscover the body’s unique intelligence, decreasing the chance of injury and forced, rigid movements while increasing physical freedom, range of movement and individual expression. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of the individual’s personal experience during physical activities. Especially the use of positive thoughts and the emphasis on possibilities and solutions versus limitations and judgements play a vital role in this unique process developed by Sundari over the last decade.
Mudra Dance & Improvisation Workshop – June 24 at 16:15 to 18:00 | Chakra Studio at Villa Vrindavan, Italy
More info at bhaktifestival.it/eventdetail/141/mudra
Photo by Peter Vroon
Photo by Peter Vroon