19 Dec The Dance of the Divine: Odissi Classical Indian Temple Dance
Odissi dance is a classical dance form from the state of Orissa India with roots in the Devadasi, or Temple Dance traditions of the Jugannath and Krishna Temples. If you were to journey to this state, you would see the carvings of the temple dancers upon the temple walls in luxurious postures of swooning devotion. It is from the dances of the Devadasi and the carvings on the temple walls that the now classical art form of Odissi came to be.
Odissi retains it’s deeply spiritual nature as a bridge between the form and formless, an offering of beauty transporting dancer and audience alike into the realms of the divine. It’s practice seamlessly weaves the softness of devotion with the strength of discipline, two key facets on the journey to awakening. As such this dance form is very much connected to the wisdom of the Yoga traditions.
Take an embodied journey into the sacred art of Odissi where you will experience the use of Mudra (hand gesture), Bhava (emotion), Pranam (prayer), and Bhakti (devotion) through a taste of this profound spiritual practice. Embody the statuesque postures and movements of this exquisite dance through the beginning steps and an embodied prayer.
Through devotion in motion, discover the path of the Rasika; the beauty way of classical art as a path to divine awakening within and through the instrument of the body!
The Dance of the Divine: Odissi Classical Indian Temple Dance will be shared by Halo Seronko.