The language of hip hop brings into focus conflicts we face at this difficult time in history, in seeking an answer, dancer Jackie Lopez says, “Hope is one of the most important things we have in this life.” The champion hip hop dancers of Versa-Style aspire not only for brilliance in physical technique but also an emanation of self respect and self hood in the production BOX OF HOPE.
Vijayalakshmi exemplifies the technique of the unique and extraordinary dance form- Mohiniyattam from Kerala, Southern India. Powerful women characters take center stage as she makes a conscious attempt to highlight those aspects of gentle grace and femininity that are seldom explored.
Featuring: Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Shefali Jain. The collective force of three senior disciples who trained with the late Kathak dancer Pt. Chitresh Das is an expression of their deep respect for his legacy and the opulent radiance of Kathak dance from Northern India.
Rahul Acharya belongs to a new generation of male Odissi dancers from India. He began his training at the age of 4 with Durga Charan in Odisha, Eastern India. While Odissi is performed primarily by women, Acharya is the first male Odissi dancer honored by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Taking their cues from traditional roots music of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, Buyepongo create a vibrant sound that seamlessly fuses merengue, punta and cumbia. The group's pulse and power is built around the drum and guacharaca which giving them an upbeat flare.
Viento Callejero represents the newest incarnation of the cumbia movement in Los Angeles, breaking down the rhythmic and melodic pulse of cumbia Colombiana, son montuno, merengue, reggae, dance hall, funk, and rock to create a fresh sound with a new twist that is infectious to the listeners ears, hips and feet.
Mamak Khadem is the consummate artistic pioneer, dedicating her performing career to exploring the mystical connections between voice and Sufi poetry. She captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound.
Considered a star in India, dancer and choreographer, Mythili Prakash is known for her exquisite beauty and exacting technique. Her performances always thrill and captivate, but her ultimate goal is for the beauty of her dance to inspire transformation- an experience known as rasa.
Lovingly preserved the gentle, gracious heritage of Hawaiian music and dance. LA’s most treasured artist- Kumu Keali'i Ceballos calls forth the messages from ancestors and leads his 70 member ensemble into new artistic & spiritual territory. Special guest musician from Hilo, Kuana Torres Kahele.