A Noise Within’s Fridays@Five Turns up the Cultural Dial

ANW’s weekly series offers a wide range of dance, music and drama.
By CYNTHIA YANG, Weekendr Staff Writer
Published on Aug 20, 2020

We would be the first ones to admit that you have a plethora of online entertainment choices these days. From silliness to seriousness, it’s all available. We are either creating a national audience of wildly educated and sophisticated culture mavens, or a nation of dolts. We’re hoping for the former.

Meanwhile, the pandemic is creating new universes for artists and their followers. Consider a Noise Within, one of Pasadena’s favorite cultural outlets, which continues its free virtual Fridays@ Five series all summer long. Virtually every Friday Friday at 5 p.m., you’re invited to put away your work, turn off the TV, mix a favorite cocktail or crack open your favorite brew and get a little culture-ized.

ANW is also breaking down the digital fourth wall. Before and during the range of live streams, you’re encouraged to send your comments and questions directly to the company at production@anoisewithin.org.

Today features the MKM Bollystars Indian Classical Dance Workshop, with Shivani Thakkar, artistic director of the North Hollywood-based MKM Bollystars Dance Company, sharing history and insights on Indian classical dance and theater.

Originally, dance and theater were combined in one art form in India, and as the two separated, many theatrical and storytelling elements have continued to inform Indian dance.

Featuring interactive components, the workshop will break down the basics of Indian dance. Viewers can practice Indian hand gestures (mudras) and learn the five basic rhythms as well as the relationship between Indian and Western theater.

MKM Bollystars, comprised of versatile entertainment industry dancers, is a  North Hollywood-based company that spotlights accomplished performers, contemporary choreography and both South Asian and Western dance styles. In addition to theaters, the company performs at corporate and industry events, weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, bridal showers and charitable foundations; it also offers masterclasses, workshops and private coaching and choreography.

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