A Passage to Bollywood
(India)

 A PASSAGE TO BOLLYWOOD by Navdhara India Dance Theatre is a vibrant stage musical with foot tapping music, colourful costumes and a gripping plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat, covering various aspects of the Indian Bollywood culture. It comprises of old classics as well as the latest Bollywood songs.

The audience can expect to experience drama, action, romance, and dance just like a typical Bollywood Film. A popular pot boiler, this one hour entertainment capsule of music and dance will cut across all genres and is guaranteed to engage and entertain the widest range of audience demographics.

“ A Passage to Bollywood is a riot of color, vitality and sheer beauty…a high quality musical…an authentic, unforgettable experience…swept away audiences in Israel in a series of impressive performances never before seen in Suzanne Dellal Center. ”  – Yair Vardi, Director, Suzanne Dellal Center (Tel Aviv, Israel)

“ Insane energy…This Bollywood show made me go crazy!!! Wonderful songs and dancers that kept dancing with such vigor. I get the message…I dance means I exist!!! ”  – Haaretz (Israel’s leading newspaper)

ABOUT

Navdhara India Dance Theatre (NIDT) is a contemporary dance company based out of Mumbai, India, founded by Indian-Australian choreographer, Ashley Lobo. It was set up with the aim of helping out young dancers in India channelize their creative energies and to give them a platform to reach out and communicate with an international audience.

Combining the physical methodologies of western dance and the spiritual philosophies of India and Indian dance, including some thoughts from the ancient Indian gurukul system, NIDT seeks to allow newer methodologies and works of theatre and dance to come through. The focus is simplicity and communication. Sharing thoughts through this universal movement language, so all boundaries disappear and Navdhara or ‘new flow’ is achieved. To this end, all dancers have a strong western dance technique and this is then combined with indigenous tools like yoga, ancient Indian movement, meditations, and Indian classical and folk dance, to create a unique blend that just ‘is’. A movement style that is neither eastern nor western in nature, but completely universal. The only allegiance being to the truth of breath and prana or life energy.

 

PHILOSOPHY

The word ‘Navdhara’ is a combination of two Sanskrit words – nav meaning new and dhara meaning flow or stream. Navdhara India Dance Theatre seeks to do just that -‘allow’ art philosophy and movement to flow, rather than be boxed-in by the limitations of the word ‘create’. It comes from a deep belief that movement already exists and all that is needed is the word ‘allow’ or flow. The only truth being breath and prana or life energy.