“From contemporary Bollywood to classic Indian fire dancing, from hip-hop to aerial/acrobatic dance, Blue13 stirs the pot thick and heavy, coming up with a totally original dish!” - Rayhané S. Sanders Campus Circle
“Blue13 Dance Company is a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles, California. Since 1999, the company has performed all over the United States and abroad in its signature Neo-Kathak and Bollywood-Tech styles, modern dance work that is highly energetic, colorful, and theatrical, and inspired by the classical and cultural dance of India. The Company’s mission is to advance non-traditional contemporary dance, while preserving and cultivating the cultural and classical forms of India. Translating dance into enduring societal contributions, Blue13 dispels cultural stereotypes and connects diverse communities through cross-genre and multicultural live performances, dance education, and outreach that inspire global unity and togetherness.
Artistic director, Achinta S. McDaniel reinvents the cinematic Bollywood concept for the live concert stage, pulling precision, musicality and emotion from her ensemble to create work as rebellious and unconventional as its creator. Storytelling through dance is central to the company, as is a continual exploration of technique and collaboration with its diverse performers and choreographers. The work is moody and emotional, and may range in one piece from a joyous quintessentially “Bollywood” high to a dark and brooding low- a group of 13 dancers satirizing Indian cinema, to a rhythmic footwork assault performed by 2 dancers with bell-clad ankles. Blue13 presents the audience with an intelligent experience of performance that turns the cultural stereotype of Indian dance on its head.
The ensemble has performed critically acclaimed works all over the U.S., in Europe, and North Africa, and has worked with renowned artists including Timbaland, Dustin Hoffman, Anupam Kher, director, Todd Haynes, Boman Irani, Manasi Scott, and legendary songstress, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Director McDaniel and the company have also had work featured on feature films and commercials, and on television programs on MTV, CBS, NBC, WE, Sony TV, and on PBS.
Dance education and outreach are central to Blue13′s work, teaching Bollywood dance classes, workshops, and offering community outreach and interactive events.”
Tahoe Arts Project is excited to present Blue 13 to the schools and community October 24, 2014 at the Mont Bleu Showroom.
Achinta S. McDaniel adapts Romeo & Juliet and West Side Story in “Fire & Powder,” making its Northern California debut at the beautiful MontBleu Theater in South Lake Tahoe for one night only. Hip Hop Capulets battle Bollywood Montagues in the classic tale of star-crossed lovers, with dancers performing American street dance, funkified Bhangra, contemporary, and other Indian dance styles.
Fire & Powder features a rousing urban Indian soundtrack including Bollywood, Hip Hop, and Rock hits, and original music by artists from the U.S. and India. Musicians include live drummers, Dhol Nation, and composers like Tej Gill, Coffee Pot Productions, Plum, and DJ Persyst.