Bharatanatyam Classical Dance of India

Celebration of CULTURES October 13, 2018

Festival for all ages in Quincy

Travel & Leisure Posted on Sep 9, 2018
Where: Heritage Park in Quincy
When: Saturday, October 13 / 10AM to 3PM
Why: To share our uniqueness and celebrate our unity.

A fun FREE festival filled with music, dance, food, and arts will be an experience you will not want to miss including performances by Mariachi Huenachi, Toby Black Irish Dancers, Arnold Cleveland, Native American Music & Story, Bharatanatyam Classical Dance of India and Ballet Sol y Luna.

You will be entertained by these performances:

Mariachi Huenachi

Mariachi Huenachi is nationally recognized Mariachi Music Program, That has been featured nationally on FOX, ABC, NBC, PBS, Univision, Despierta America, Latina Magazine and on the CBS Evening News. This high school group has earned a reputation as the best high school mariachi in the State of Washington, performing annually at dozens of events and festivals in and out of state such as Seattle Seahawks Games,Seattle Sounders Games, Orcas Island, Washington State Fair, Portland State University, Montana State University-Northern, University of Idaho and been invited multiple times to perform at the State Capitol for Governor Inslee. Mariachi Huenachi was featured on TVW, with their own half-hour documentary special.

Mariachi Huenachi has shared the stage with some of the best Mariachis in the world, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández. Mariachi Huenachi has open for artists such as Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, Sebastien de la Cruz, Beatriz Adriana, Gloria Trevi and Los Tigres Del Norte. Mariachi Huenachi has had the honor of performing for civil rights leader Dolores Huerta and comedian George Lopez.

Arnold Cleveland

Arnold Cleveland, a Wenatchi band descendant and member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, shares stories about growing up as a native on and off the reservation. When Cleveland was an infant, his mother worked the packing sheds with Arnold by her side tucked into a wooden apple box. She would nudge the box down the line as she worked. Cleveland’s childhood included time in the Indian boarding school, St. Mary’s Mission, where he traveled with his family on the “fruit tramp circuit”. As an adult, Cleveland straddled the Indian and white worlds serving in the military and becoming a supervisor in the fruit packing sheds.

Arnold will play flute and tell his life story from birth on the reservation, to mission schools to migrant work and serving in the military.

Bharatanatyam Classical Indian Dance

Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as the mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed only by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Theoretical base of this form traces back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. A form of the illustrative anecdote of Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas emoted by the dancer with excellent footwork and impressive gestures its performance repertoire includes nrita, nritya and natya. Accompanists include a singer, music and particularly the guru who directs and conducts the performance. It also continues to inspire several art forms including paintings and sculptures starting from the spectacular 6th to 9th century CE temple sculptures. 

The style of dressing of a Bharatanatyam dancer is more or less similar to that of a Tamil Hindu bride. She wears a gorgeous tailor-made sari that consists of a cloth specially stitched in pleats that falls in the front from the waist and when the dancer performs spectacular footwork that include stretching or bending her knees, the cloth widens up like a hand fan. The sari worn in a special manner is well complimented with traditional jewelry that includes the ones that adorn her head, nose, ear and neck and vivid face make-up especially highlighting her eyes so that audience can view her expressions properly. Her hair neatly plaited in a conventional way is often beautified with flowers. A jewelry belt adorns her waist while musical anklets called ghunghru made of leather straps with small metallic bells attached to it are wrapped in her ankles. Her feet and fingers are often brightened with henna color so as to highlight the gestures of her hands.

Ballet Sol Y Luna

Ballet Sol Y Luna is a Folkloric non-profit dance group based in Quincy, Washington.

Dance FX Irish Dance

The Quincy performance will be exciting. Toby says..."I will be bringing our competition teams. The dances performed will be slow pretty lyrical dances to fast pace clog dancing. We will be performing a couple numbers of Irish hard shoe and a soft shoe number! The dfx comp teams all earned top honors at comp in Tacoma this past spring. We are excited to be performing again at the Quincy farm days."