Sampradaya Dance Creations, renowned for its innovative dance productions under the artistic direction of Lata Pada, has created TAJ, an exciting new dance-theatre production chronicling the great human drama behind the magnificent architectural wonder, the Taj Mahal. TAJ runs June 10-12 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre as part of, and commissioned by, Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity.
Celebrated through poetry, music, dance and projection, the Taj Mahal is symbolic of enduring love, yet the story behind this majestic edifice in marble is as awe-inspiring as the monument itself. Imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb, former emperor Shah Jahan gazes upon the Taj - his wife Mumtaz's final resting place and whose memory inspired the construction of this spectacular edifice - and engages in an impassioned dialogue with his devoted daughter Jahanara, taking the audience on an emotional journey that explores the emperor's life, the 17th Century Mughal Empire and the universal themes of ambition, revenge, rivalry and love.
Sampradaya Dance Creations performs the World Premiere of TAJ
The awe-inspiring human story behind one of the greatest wonders of the world.
Concept by Lata Pada
Written by John Murrell
Directed by Tom Diamond
Projection design by Jacques Collin,
Musical composition by Praveen Rao
Lighting and set design by Phillip Silver
Costume design by Rashmi Varma
Commissioned by Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity
at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen's Quay West
Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM & 8PM, Sunday at 2PM.
Tickets: $51.50 - $71.50
Box Office: 416-368-4849 or online at luminato.com. Info: sampradaya.ca
Photo Credit: Sid Sawant