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Harbourfront Centre Kick’s-Off NextSteps with
Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization
Kathak Mahotsav Canada
September 20 -23, 2012

TORONTO, ON (*Sept. 13, 2012) Harbourfront Centre NextSteps is proud to announce Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization’s 5th annual Kathak Mahotsav Canada – Ancient Traditions to Contemporary Expressions, from September 20 to 23, 2012 at The Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

The festival will include evening performances by prominent Canadian and international Kathak artists including; Youth Day with emerging artists Nirjhum Proshanti, Sharda Samaroo, Namita Deodhare, Salisha Purushuttam and Divya Gossai (Sept 20), prominent Toronto Artists / musicians Hemant and Vaishali Panwar (Sept 21), Dynamic Kathak artist from Montreal, Sudeshna Maulik and her company (Sept 22) as well as a pre-show presentation of The Storyteller by Rina Singha (Sept 23, 3 p.m.) highlighting the Kathak storytelling traditions of Rina Singha’s illustrious guru, Shambhu Maharajji of Lucknow followed with solos and duets by Reshmi Chetram and Parul Gupta (Sept 23, 4 p.m.)

The Kathak Mahotsav furthers Artistic Director Rina Singha’s vision of sharing with Canadian dance audiences the lyrical beauty and subtleties that distinguish Kathak from other dance forms, and provide a deeper understanding of the rhythmic and narrative elements of Kathak. In 1998 and 2002, Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization (RSKDO), in partnership with the Music Gallery, presented the Legacies in Dance Festivals to
highlight similarities and differences between Kathak and selected non-western classical dance forms. Since 2008, RSKDO has focused its energy solely on Kathak by starting Kathak Mathosav Canada, an annual gathering of Kathak artists showcasing the wide range and varieties of Kathak styles in Canada.

Ticket Prices: Adult single ticket ($30.50), Adult 4 evening concert package ($108), discounted single ticket ($25) available for seniors, student and group booking. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com or call 416-973-4000 to book tickets.

For more information please visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps
Kathak Mahotsav Canada official website: http://kathakmahotsavcanada.wordpress.com/
Harbourfront Centre’s BLOG http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/blog/
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ABOUT NEXTSTEPS
Harbourfront Centre is passionate about dance. NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance to Toronto audiences, showcasing the depth, energy and diversity of established and emerging choreographers and companies. The 2012/13 season, running September to May, offers an incredible spectrum of dance. Harbourfront Centre supports Canada’s I Love Dance manifesto.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.
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