Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts
Hello Arts Lovers,
We hope you’ve enjoyed your summer so far. August is here, and with that we present to you the 2nd annual Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, which runs August 6 to 13 in Surrey and Vancouver. Kicking off in four days with a FREE acting workshop, we are very proud to present two unique shows to audiences across the Lower Mainland.
A critically acclaimed International one-woman play, Burq Off! (New York), which has toured internationally; an Indian musical dance drama, Malavika performed in Hindi at Surrey Arts Centre, presented in partnership with Nrityenakatha dance troupe; a FREE Industry Series featuring readings and a development workshop.
Tickets starting at $15 (plus s/c & GST) per show.
See the full festival lineup below and from all of us here at South Asian Arts Society, thank you for continuously supporting the work that we do.
If you would like to join our team and get involved, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 6th & 7th at The CULTCH in Vancouver
These FREE community based initiatives are excellent opportunities to both view art and also immerse yourself into the artistic process. Sign up for a workshop that will surely get your creative juices flowing, or attend the spoken word & readings night and just kick back, relax and take in the beautiful words from our talented presenters. Post-show talkbacks give audience members an opportunity to ask that burning question they may have once seeing one of the performances.
August 6th – 11am to 4pm
IMPULSE, IMPROVISATION & PLAY WORKSHOP WITH CARMEL AMIT
August 7th – 7pm to 9pm
AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD AND READINGS WITH SHEKHAR PALEJA, JOTIKA & MUNISH SHARMA
A British Pakistani Muslim’s Autobiographical Play.
One Woman, 21 Characters, A Burqa, A Bikini.
Aug. 11th & 12th at York Theatre in Vancouver
Burq Off! is an autobiographical coming of age comedy about a British Pakistani girl trying to find herself in two madly opposing worlds. Nadia Manzoor was raised a cultural yoyo, bouncing between expectations of her conservative Muslim family and her saucy British school friends. From her discovery of ‘sex’ at the age of 5, to falling in love with an Irish Catholic boy who must be kept secret, Nadia’s search for self is punctuated by fierce Bollywood dance moves, a blackout drinking incident, and an Islamic teacher whose interests range from slapping to pornography. Love, lies, a burqa and a bikini. Nadia has no idea who she is, but she’ll try anything to find out.
Malavika (Performed in Hindi with English surtitles)
A Hindi musical dance drama co-presented with Nrityenakatha dance troupe.
Aug. 13th at Surrey Arts Centre
Malavika is an adaptation of Indian poet Kalidasa’s first play, which was called Malavikagnimitram. Never before witnessed by the Greater Vancouver area, this mesmerizing love story shall transpire in a grand Hindi dance-theatre production through a unique combination of Kuchipudi and Garba/Raas dance forms. Captivating Hindi dialogues are intertwined with grand dances, sets and costumes to transport the audience to an ancient mythological Indian kingdom, which is the setting for the story of King Agnimitra’s love for Malavika, who is an unheard of maid in the royal palace. It is said that Malavika was proficient in dance and music. The diverse plot is carried forward through intense battles, sorrow, comedy, and thrilling dance sequences set to a beautiful classical Hindi soundtrack, creating a movie on stage.
About South Asian Arts Society
South Asian Arts is committed to creating performance and educational opportunities for professional & amateur artists and developing artistic forums that act as a platform for building knowledge of South Asian culture via New Projects, New Ideas, and New Collaborations. We are active in promoting South Asian dance, music, and theatre via dance & music classes, professional performances and workshops, guest lectures, as well as presenting comedic plays, musicals, and dance dramas across the Lower Mainland.
Visit our website www.southasianarts.ca to find out more about us.