Navarasa performs Snake and Ladder at Wise Fool, 3/18

Navarasa performs Snake and Ladder at Wise Fool, 3/18

Saturday, March 18th, 7pm

Wise Fool Studio, 1131 Siler Rd

Navarasa Dance Theater is a pioneering South-Asian Contemporary Dance Theater company with a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary works inspired by Bharatanatyam and folk dance forms, martial arts (Kalarippayattu), diverse theater and music traditions, aerial dance, yoga and storytelling.

 

The show, which had its world premiere in Albuquerque, is inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s celebrated film “The Seventh Seal”, in which a battle-weary knight challenges Death to a game of chess to forestall his death. Navarasa’s story is set in a dateless period where the prince of that region has returned from war. Death has come to take his life and the life of a traveling artist. The prince, haunted by his war memories, challenges Death to a game of Snake and Ladder, an ancient Indian game based on the play of karma and the spiritual journey of the human soul. Meanwhile, the artist recalls his mythological traditions and uses his own art to evade his fear of death. Through narrative, movement and music, “Snake and Ladder” explores universal concepts such as death, war and the transcendent power of art.

 

Tickets available soon, check back on 3/1 for a link to buy tickets online

 

Navarasa’s choreography is grounded in traditional Indian dance, but reaches outward. They incorporate modern dance, Indian martial arts, aerial dance, Bollywood’s pop influences — all with an eye for originality and a skillful use of space,sending dancers into eye-catching floor patterns. Embedded are compelling dances: an acrobatic solo up and down a roughly 10-foot-tall wooden column, a sensuous, serpentine duet, a fighting dance with the clash of wooden canes.”  — Boston Globe

Jan/Feb Adult & Teen Class Session

Jan/Feb Adult & Teen Class Session

Start your new year off with a high! A circus high that is. The next session of adult and teen classes starts January 2nd, with some classes starting the week of January 25th.

Click here for the class schedule, class descriptions and registration.

And, check out our winter special on ground classes–handstands, unicycling, stilts, flexibility and partner acro for just $12/class if you register for the whole session. The perfect complement to an aerial class or great on its own!

Elevate! Adult Circus Intensive Jan 9 – 21st

Elevate! Adult Circus Intensive Jan 9 – 21st

Get your new year’s workout off the ground with a 2-week, circus-based fitness intensive led by Wise Fool’s professional circus artists. Students learn the basics in trapeze, partner acrobalance, aerial fabric, stilt-walking, conditioning, flexibility, performance and more! For folks of all genders ages 16+ (we love folks over 60!). Classes are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Saturday afternoons. Workshop fee is $350 or $300 earlybird, before December 21st. Click here for more info and registration.

Aerial Yoga starts Oct 17

Aerial Yoga starts Oct 17

Wise Fool is thrilled to announce our new Aerial Yoga class, starting Monday, October 17yth, 12 – 1:15. Aerial Yoga is a great way to take your yoga practice to the next level, or to start your yoga practice with a fun aerial twist. Aerial Yoga stays close to the ground, using soft hammocks and the force of gravity to help you relax deeper into traditional and modified yoga positions. The class will have a meditative feeling and provides a great opportunity to more deeply connect with your body. Instructor Deirdre Morris has a diverse background in dance, aerials, massage therapy and has been teaching aerial yoga for over 5 years. With her multi-faceted awareness of the body, she will help you access alignment, flexibility, and ease in your body.

Register for the class online now — only 7 spaces available.

Winter Break Camp — Registration Opens Nov. 1

Winter Break Camp — Registration Opens Nov. 1

Winter Break Camp: 12/19 – 12/22 and/or 12/27 – 12/30

Is your house a circus over the holidays? Let your kids make their own circus with Winter Break circus camp. Kids ages 7 – 13 are invited to explore trapeze, fabric, stilt-walking, clowning, puppet-making, acrobatics and more in a safe and non-competitive environment. Great for all levels, no experience necessary!

Camp runs in two four-day sessions, 12/19 – 12/22 and 12/27 – 12/30 from 9 – 3:30 with before and aftercare options. Registration opens on November 1st. Camp fills quickly so register early.