Event - Passport Thursdays: India

Passport Thursdays: India

07.31.14, 7:00 pm

Global Sights & Sounds for the Urban Traveler

Leave your baggage at home and bring a picnic blanket out to Flushing Meadows right next to the majestic Unisphere for this free weekly presentation of live music, dance, and film from one of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality.

Museum Galleries & Café open late until 8pm. Free hands-on artmaking workshops for the family before the movie starts.

Free & Open to all. In case of rain, program moves inside the Museum.

July 31: India

Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance
Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance

Music: Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance create and present compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of South India. Jiva Dance sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also understands the need to incorporate innovative techniques to reach diverse audiences. At an intersection of dance, music, literature, philosophy, sculpture and spirituality, the Company sees Indian Classical dance is a holistic art form and holds the belief that tradition is a continuum of evolution and states and hope to invigorate classical works with a freshness and unique voice.

Film: The World Before Her (Nisha Pahuja, Canada/India, 2012, 90min, English & Hindi with English ST). A tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant “€” a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. A provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment. Winner Best Documentary, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

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July 31: India
Music: Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance create and present compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of South India.
Film: The World Before Her (Nisha Pahuja, Canada/India, 2012, 90min, English & Hindi with English ST). Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernizing India “€“ one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.

Aug 7: Brazil
Music & Dance: Batala NYC All Women Afro-Brazilian Drum band playing the music typically heard in Carnival in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. A Sambalanche of music and dancing.

Film: The Mystery of Samba / O Mistério do Samba (Carolina Jabor Lula Buarque de Hollanda, Brazil, 2008, 88min, In Portuguese with English ST) Captures the rich of a veteran musicians and composers from one of Rio’s most revered samba schools, Portela which holds the record for the most titles won in Rio’s carnival. Guided by acclaimed singer-songwriter Marisa Monte, the film delves into Portela’s history and songs from the older musicians that risked being forgotten. Features special appearances by Paulinho da Viola and Zeca Pagodinho.

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical’s Janeiro in New York Series.

Aug 14: Cuba
Music: The Cimarron Project An ensemble dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Afro-Cuban music and dance at its most traditional. They educate their listeners by introducing them to lesser known forms such as the Cuban Bata drumming style, Abakua music, Suku Suku, and Changui by weaving these elements into renditions of Rumba and Cuban Son.

Film: Habanastation (Ian Padrón, Cuba, 2012, 87min, Spanish with English ST) Tracing the lives of two Cuban classmates with different upbringings, Habanastation relates how a privileged student, Mayito, blindly enters into the dangers of Carlos’ neighborhood, La Timba. What follows is an unforgettable journey full of discovery and the formation of a strong friendship.

Co-presented with African Film Festival and Asho Productions.

Aug 21: Korea
Music: Song Hee Lee Dance Company combines a deep knowledge of both modern and Korean dance forms to create their own unique, intensely personal style that is innovative yet anchored in Korean tradition.

Film: Approved for Adpotion (Laurent Boileau & Jung Henin, France/South Korea, 2012, 75 minutes, French with English ST) Animated coming-of-age documentary intercut that traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by European families after the end of the Korean War. Combining sepia-toned animated vignettes with super-8 family footage and archival film , track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity cause rifts at home.

Co-presented with Korean Cultural Service NY

Passport Thursdays is supported by Con Edison, J.M. Kaplan Fund, The David Rockefeller Fund, and Astoria Bank. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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