The first Bollywood dance drama to appear on stage at the MN Fringe festival is an extravaganza of color, culture, and dance, swirling together to tell a moving story of self-discovery. Sponsored by Tapestry Folkdance Center, Hi! Hello! Namaste? features a diverse lineup of 40 East Indian and Minnesotan actors and dancers of all ages. Artistic direction and choreography are by Bangalore native Divya Maiya, founder of the popular dance group Bollywood Dance Scene Twin Cities. You can see the production at the University of Minnesota Rarig Center Proscenium, 330 21st Ave South, Second Floor, Minneapolis 55455, on August 6th at 7pm, August 7th at 5:30pm, August 8th at 4pm, August 9th at 4pm, and August 10th at 1pm. Tickets are $12 and under with a Fringe festival button. Visit fringefestival.org for details.
The production centers around Raagini, a shy Indian-American from Minnesota who travels to the Indian subcontinent where she attends an over the top Bollywood-style wedding. Surrounded by a cacophony of colors, she makes her way through a maze of festivities filled with new-found relatives prone to sudden outbreaks of song and dance. Traditional costuming and sumptuous set make for a spectacle worthy of a real Indian wedding. This show has substance as well as spectacle. “I wanted to bring a new show to MN Fringe to promote cultural diversity and cultural acceptance,” says artistic director and choreographer Divya Maiya of her brainchild, Hi! Hello! Namaste?. A powerhouse of energy and drive, Divya was honored in 2014 with a “Women in Business” award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and a “Boldness” spotlight from Pollen, an online magazine and community of civic-minded connectors. Dance enthusiast Meghan Wilker says, “Divya has… an energetic, positive approach to building understanding between communities. She uses Bollywood Dance to joyfully connect people…” Established in 2012, Bollywood Dance Scene Twin Cities brings together like-minded people - Indian and non - to form a vibrant community dedicated to dance, diversity, and inclusivity. Weekly Bollywooddance classes are offered at Tapestry Folkdance Center on Thursday evenings. All are welcome.
$12 and under with MN Fringe button
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