An evening of dance

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in Culture

An evening of dance

PORTLAND -- On Tuesday, November 15, the Portland Museum of Art and Portland Ovations will present Back and Forth: An Evening with Dancers Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith. The program will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Museum and is free to the public.This dynamic conversation between dancers explores how the unique collaboration of these exceptional artists transcends continents, generations, cultures, and communities. Together, they create a new and distinct kind of dance. Individually in their home communities of India and the United States, each dancer works to preserve their individual dance traditions.

Pandit Chitresh Das has received numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. He ultimately sees art as a service to society and devotes time to teaching children in the slums of India, the Blind Opera of Calcutta, and teaching empowerment and self-awareness through dance to the daughters of sex workers in Calcutta, India.

Jason Samuels Smith has won both an Emmy and an American Choreography Award. In 2007, he was honored with the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award for his work to promote dance for youth in south Los Angeles and throughout the country. Alicia Anstead, editor-in-chief of the national magazine Inside Arts will moderate the discussion. This program is presented by the Portland Museum of Art in collaboration with Portland Ovations.

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