Photo: Bimala Naysmith
Aaah we can’t believe it is already more than a week ago that we premiered our 10-years anniversary performance ‘Between Worlds’, it seriously feels like yesterday !!! And we know its really late – especially in social media land – but we still really want and need to take a moment to give a HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to the most fabulous audience EVER !!! The support, appreciation and responses that have come our way this last week have just blown our minds, it literally took us a week to return back to earth and time is just going waaay too fast!
But we decided that we are going to take the rest of our lives to enjoy this adventure that was ‘Between Worlds‘ as it is almost not humanly possible to take it all in right now; for us it is not just that Friday evening, but all the events that accumulated to that Friday evening that made it so unforgettable. This was without a doubt the power of teamwork in its purest form !!
Photo: Peter Vroon
So we couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate such a cherished era and start a new one. And now we just can’t WAIT for many more performances together! But fortunately we don’t need to wait too long as the next one is scheduled for July 21 at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater in collaboration with New Dance Studios, and entrance is FREE so be there! 😉
In the mean time we would love to hear about your experiences and feedback of last week’s première! Submit your review through this link http://www.1erang.nl/voor
And stay in the mood of ‘Between Worlds’ crazy little world by enjoying several previews from the première that we will be uploading the coming time to our site and Facebook Page, starting with the mesmerising solo ‘Endless Flight’ by Guillermo as a tribute to Samadhi’s all-time muse Ricardo Rus Da Silva.
And hear is what Samadhi’s founder and choreographer Vraja Sundari Keilman had to say about ‘Between Worlds‘ premiere and process:
“First of all: WOW what a dream audience last Friday !!! Could we have wished for a better audience? I think not !!! I cannot even fully comprehend the love and appreciation people have sent through messages, let alone in person, it feels surreal and even difficult to receive, because what you all give to me, overwhelmingly humbling is putting it lightly.
It is also completely beyond my comprehension how this all has come together, and for 10 years now !!! And for this I want to give a HUGE all-pervading THANK YOU first and foremost to the most AMAZING, loving, talented, dedicated and all-inspiring Samadhians Rasa Sarita Jeffrey Guillermo Gaura Ilaria Annlydie Sara and our new Samademoiselle Jessica: in my humble opinion you are by far the most incredible and beautiful dancers I know.
That you all actually want to perform my work, all these years, with hardly any to no budget, no security, my limitations, impatience and endless flaws; there are no words to describe how insanely humbling this is !!! No thank you can cover how unbelievably much this means to me but I will try anyway, so heeeere I go:
THANK YOU FROM THE VERY CORE OF MY BEING !!!!
For your trust, your belief, endless effort, love, dedication, compassion and support, this has been something that at many times made me feel like the luckiest person in the world, even when the stress would cloud us all intensely.
It is even hard at times to feel worthy of your trust but you all keep me going for years now, I have so much to thank you for all these years now !!!! And I’m so serious when I say; nothing beats a true Samadhian hehe 😉
Then to all the AMAZING guest artists, to start off with the world-class musical artists Surajit, Sandip, Ananda and Tijn: for you to even just be willing to be there and contribute with your incredible art, just to celebrate with us, I have no words for this !!!!! I just wish we could have many more moments together, which in return gives me so much fuel to create more so we can !!!! Your trust and belief in Samadhi and my vision is beyond humbling, I can only hope you can feel this and will come back to work with us many, many more times for many more years !!
But the team of AMAZING guest artists include all the fabulously fierce choreographers from the Opening Act as well such as Melaisa, Guillermo, Chrada, Sarita, Rasa, Gaura and of course all the ridiculously fierce dancers and students that performed their gorgeous work: WAH, you all rocked the stage like crazy !!! I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing, one jaw-dropping act after another! It was overwhelmingly powerful, and you asked nothing from anyone, just so humble !!! To have you with us just for the occasion, just relying and trusting on the setting and our vision, that really says it all. Thank you immensely for giving such a powerful diversity and beautiful quality to the entire evening, you really could not have done a better job !!!
And another guest artist that couldn’t be present but still managed to collaborate with me from Belgium (!) is the lovely and highly acclaimed fashion designer Mandali Mendrilla, who was so trusting and kind to ship one of her most recent haute couture sculptural creation as part of her current and highly successful collection titled ‘WAVES’. This particular dress named Puri made its lovely debute during the final act of the evening and I can tell you, it felt like wearing a hug, just so much love in every little detail. Mandali, your trust in Samadhi is extremely humbling and I was simply honoured to wear such a fine and love-engrained creation of art for this unique and precious occasion.<3
And then let’s definitely not forget our new and super cool tech team, starting with the beyond-cool power-duo Lianne & Yvet, substituting for our main light designer Mike den Ottolander, together with our new and awesome sound engineer Etienne, and our one and only Herman Stuut ruling the stage, transport and props. These gems of a people gave their ALL with nearly no time and just so little to work with: no montage, no time for cues or any form of programming, 140 min of dance including 9 different acts, live music for 3 entirely different music-styles and a total of 38 involved artists in one evening: seriously, how in heaven’s name did you manage ??!!
It was incredibly inspiring to not only work with such professional, hard-working yet kind, humble and super cool people; to see how much you care, that really captured my heart completely.
Thank you so so much for alll your efforts, AMAZING work and this humbling support, it is more than I hoped for.
And then last but definitely not least: my incredible and A-MA-ZING stage managers in helping me organise the entire event; Jeffrey (incl family – especially your gorgeous and amazing mother Carla! – and friends!) and Marlieke: you guys are GOLDEN in every sense of the word !!!!! Marlieke, how you held yourself and rocked every thing that came your path, not to mention the fact that this was your FIRST production, really, BAM !!!! And you guys, this super cool girl is only 18 !! Thank you for giving humanity hope by being your fabulous self 😉 or to put it in one word: RESPECT !!!
But Jeffrey, I need to take a moment to acknowledge all that you did, because Jeff, you really went beyond AMAZING !!!!! From organising, supporting, performing, communicating, negotiating, driving back and forth, helping everyone and anyone you could, bringing friends and family to help out and your irreplaceable, endlessly valuable artistic contribution and dedication, you have really gone to such a level, it is just unreal and so incredibly impressive !!!! And I just hope SO SO MUCH that you can feel and see how CRAZY important you have been for this project, how CRAZY much you mean to me, the group, the work and Samadhi and how CRAZY much you have accomplished. What you bring and give to all of us is absolutely unique and of endless value and meaning, and you must know this !!!!!!
And finally, my beyond AMAZING overwhelmingly fierce sisters Sarita and Rasa: you are my all and to have you next to me, believing and shining, there are no words to ever describe what this has meant to me. Some things go beyond all things AMAZING; these things are pretty much divine or to put it in other words; heaven-sent. And you both are simply the perfect example of this, in every aspect, DIVINE and HEAVEN-SENT.
My little mind just can’t understand this little miracle that is Samadhi !!!!! And my heart bursts just even thinking of this group, my queen of teams.
So people, let’s keep going !!!!! And while I am still on my way back to reality, I am also counting the days till our next adventure together hehe 😉
Photos: Peter Vroon, Karen Scheffers