The Arts

Rina Singha – Manzilen – A Journey

by Paula Citron

Rina Singha’s recent show celebrated 50 years as a soloist, 40 years as a performer of kathak dance in Canada, and her 70th birthday. It was a most satisfying evening on many levels.

While Singha’s technique may not be as crisp as it once was, her storytelling solos displayed beautiful mime and gestures executed by her exquisite hands. She was radiant to watch. The beauty of Indian dance is how dancers can age gracefully with their craft.

Singha was joined on the program my many friends such as Danny Grossman who co-choreographed Allegory – An Apocalyptic Tale that wore its heart on its sleeve as a tirade against politicians and capitalists. Uma Parmeswaran provided the moving poetry for the evening, particularly for Singha’s new solo, Manzilen- A Journey, about the immigrant experience. Guest dancer Saveeta Sharma from Ottawa was sensational. Singha’s trio Walls for her students was a wonderful paean to strong women everywhere.

From Premiere Dance Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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