Kalapriya Dancers @ Your Library

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library, in conjunction with Gitana Productions, is proud to present two performances by the Kalapriya Dance Company. The first performance by the acclaimed Classical East Indian dance troupe will be at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Ave., on October 8 at 10 a.m. The second takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on October 9 at 2 p.m. Both programs are FREE and open to the public.

Kalapriya will demonstrate Bharata Natyam, an ancient dance form that uses hand gestures, theatrical facial expressions, intricate footwork, and complicated rhythms and counter rhythms to visualize poetry, mythology, and universal themes.

The contemporary form of this classical Indian dance evolved during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The dance style, while extremely precise, uses a wide range of hand movements to convey moods and expressions.

Bharata Natyam consists of three characteristics. The first, called “nritta,” consists of movements and patterns of dance. The second, “nritya,” is the expressional feature, while the third part, “natya,” adds drama.

For more information, call 772-6586.

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