Pagrav Dance Company presents “Utsav”. A festival celebrating Kathak dance in our biennial showcase with PDC students. Pagrav was originally established by Abha Desai promoting Indian Folk Dances and Classical art-forms all over the country. Now located in the UK, the company aims to promote Kathak in its purest form - taking it from a traditional solo dance transforming it into an ensemble art form developing movement, language and staging. The company’s aims are three-fold: to teach, promote and present Kathak in its purest form and to challenge its traditional artistic boundaries with contemporary production values and cross-discipline collaboration - creating a wholly new movement vocabulary.
The link below will allow you to witness the students and the performing Youth company of pagrav presenting an evening of Kathak dance which has both the elements: Nritta and Nritya .
The video below will only be activated during the live performance, please buy your tickets below before the show commences at 4:30pm (UK time) on the 11th July. PDC has also arranged for the performance to be available on-demand for one week succeeding the performance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions.
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Pagrav Dance Company creates and promotes Neo classical kathak, invigorating the form with modern context and renewed presentation, while encouraging new thinking and understanding of the discipline. The company creates and tours thought-provoking productions and is committed to nurturing the next generation of dance artists through its comprehensive training and education streams.
‘..Some magical Kathak elegance was conjured out of the smoke and mirror that set the stage for HATS, an epic solo by Urja Desai Thakore. ... I would have swapped it readily for just one more moment of magic from Urja Desai Thakore’
(Graham Watts, The Place’s Resoultion! 2010)
‘Five dancers emerged or were sucked again into this mass or black hole to a throbbing, powerful score…as a viewer, I needed to feel what the dancers were going through and it worked well...’
(Malcolm Keen, Pulse magazine)
‘Thakore in particular captivated me with a magnetic solo stretching invisible intolerance to a breaking point between her hands.’
(The Wonderful World of Dance)