Nights Out in the Park: Paschen Park
Jul
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Nights Out in the Park: Paschen Park

Ishti is excited to announce that you will have 3 FREE opportunities to see our production "seeking to be" with Nights Out in the Parks! Each performance will be a little different. So catch all 3 shows!

This program is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan.

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Nights Out in the Park: Piotrowski Park
Jul
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Nights Out in the Park: Piotrowski Park

Ishti is excited to announce that you will have 3 FREE opportunities to see our production "seeking to be" with Nights Out in the Parks! Each performance will be a little different. So catch all 3 shows!

This program is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan.

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Durdhara: The Unstoppable
Jul
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

Durdhara: The Unstoppable

  • Reva and David Logan Center for Performing Arts (map)
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Ishti presents

SARMISHTHA SARKAR in "Durdhara: The Unstoppable"

Don't miss this riveting performance on Amba, heroine of the Mahabharata, who's misfortunes in life result in feelings of revenge to destroy the great Bhishma! 

Sarmishtha Sarkar took her first step into Bharat Natyam at a very early age. Under the able tutelage of teachers like Padmashri Guru Chattuni Panicker and Guru Pathagudy Ramaswamy, the formative years of her life were steeped in the vigorous training required to perfect the art form. Dancing soon became an intense passion with her and it led her to become closely associated with the renowned Mrinalini Sarabhai’s Darpana Academy of Performing Arts for two decades. Experiencing an urge to add more dimensions to her creativity she started her own classical dance school in 1996, in Ahmedabad, “Aavirbhaav School of Creative Arts”.

Sarmishtha’s choreographic presentations encompass pure classical pieces in the Bharat Natyam style and also experiment with the fusion of the classical, contemporary and folk styles, which result in a unique, creative portrayal of the merging of diverse artistic endeavors. Using dance as a medium of expression, she has created several dance pieces related to topical, environment and social issues.

Purchase tickets at: ishtipresentsdurdhara.eventbrite.com

Sarmishtha Sarkar, Kinnari Vora and Preeti Veerlapati discuss Durdhara on WBEZ's segment Weekend Passport!

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Nights Out in the Park: Nichols Park
Jul
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Nights Out in the Park: Nichols Park

Ishti is excited to announce that you will have 3 FREE opportunities to see our production "seeking to be" with Nights Out in the Parks! Each performance will be a little different. So catch all 3 shows!

On July 6, we are excited to present Sarmishtha Sarkar at Nichols Park. Catch her full length performance at Logan Center for the Performing Arts on July 8. 

This program is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan.

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Brunch & Learn: A Self-Exploration through Movement and Touch
Jun
24
10:00am10:00am

Brunch & Learn: A Self-Exploration through Movement and Touch

  • Reva & David Logan Center for Performing Arts (map)
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This workshop will be an exploration of your own body as well as others. Tuli will guide participants through improvisational movement scores and a series of partnered body-work. 

Tuli Bera is a Chicago based performance artist. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois. She is currently co-managing the j e l l o: a performance series, a monthly series that is hosted by Links Hall and Elastic Arts. She is also a performer with Ishti. 

Save the date and watch this page for more information!

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Going Dutch Festival 2017
Jun
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Going Dutch Festival 2017

Ishti was selected to perform excerpts of seeking to be at Going Dutch 2017. We are excited to have Anu Bhatt join us for this very special performance at the very festival where Ishti first debuted its first work Failure. 

In addition, at 6:00 pm, Preeti Veerlapati will be leading a dance workshop in Indian Classical Dance - specifically Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. 

Catch us and other strong female artists at this amazing festival. Tickets for the performance can be purchased in advance or at the door.  

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Brunch & Learn: Spirituality in Motion - Yoga for Dancers
May
13
11:30am11:30am

Brunch & Learn: Spirituality in Motion - Yoga for Dancers

  • Reva and David Logan Center for Performing Arts (map)
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Learn simple yoga asanas and breathing techniques to physically and mentally prepare for the rigors of classical dance training. Non-dancers are also welcome to attend. Instructor Chitra Nair is a classically trained Bharatanatyam Dancer and yoga practitioner. 

Reserve your spot today: ishtiyogadance.eventbrite.com

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A History of the Present - a discussion
Apr
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

A History of the Present - a discussion

  • 111 West Maple Street Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)
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Ishti is working on its new dance production "Aadi" to be premiered at the 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival. We want to explore the modern human behavior from evolutionary psychology, focusing on the primal, social and spiritual evolution. Part of our research includes discussing your views on modern human behavior. We would love to hear your voices.

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Brunch & Learn: Modern Dance in Contemporary Times
Apr
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Brunch & Learn: Modern Dance in Contemporary Times

  • Logan Center for the Performing Arts, Room 703 (map)
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Ishti and South Asian Sound Intervention present our April Brunch & Learn! Brunch & Learns are workshops for all ages and levels. It is an opportunity to learn something new that is not readily available or accessible. The workshops are capped off with conversation and a potluck brunch.

Solomon Bower will lead our April Brunch & Learn: Modern Dance in Contemporary Times. Understand the origins of modern dance and how codified modern dance forms have not only withstood the test of time but informed contemporary styles of today.

RSVP here: ishtimoderndance.eventbrite.com

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