Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) continues bringing the world of dance to audiences, online. Livestreaming tonight, May 6th until Saturday May 8th, the Festival presents Vidya Kotamraju’s Longing. Using a multi-camera video stream, the up close and personal online performance lets the audience get inside the dance.
Kotamraju is a Vancouver-based Bharata Natyam dance artist and a graduate of the Jai Govinda Dance Academy. Part performances include; Mandala Arts and Culture, notably in The Temptation of Buddha and The Monk and The Courtesan. She performed for the Dance Centre’s Silk Route Festival, Wish 150 A Long Way Home Exhibit, PNE’s Spirit of India Festival, Namaste Canada, Diwali in BC (Shyama), DiwaliFest and International Indian Cultural Festival among others. Vidya currently serves on the Boards of New Works and Mandala Arts and Culture.
Longing… is a two-part performance based on the universal themes of romantic and spiritual yearning for love, companionship, and oneness.
Part 1 – I and He
“Dear Friend, please bring my beloved Krishna to me. Nostalgic as I am of all those magical moments spent with him, I passionately yearn for his presence.”
Part II – Thou and Me
“Oh Shiva! intoxicated as I am by the beauty of your dance, I yearn for your presence. Oh beautiful Lord with matted long hair, adorned with snakes, with the crescent moon and divine river on your head, I long to see your marvelous dance. I implore you to come and bless me with your grace.”
Join one of the Longing… livestreams May 6 & 7 at 7pm or May 8 at 4pm PST. Tickets are free/by-donation with advanced registration at: vidf.ca/vidyakotamraju