Mandala Arts and Culture Society was incorporated as a non-profit
society on January 18, 1999 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Artistic
Director of Mandala Arts and Culture Society is Jai Govinda.
Society's mandate is to present traditional Indian classical dance,
to create new choreographic work incorporating classical Indian, ballet
and modern dance in collaboration with other artists in the community,
and to ensure high-quality standards in the teaching and mentoring
of students in the art, practice and performance of Indian classical
means a circular form, a center of focus and attention, the relationship
between man and the universe. It is under that banner that its artistic
director Jai Govinda brings together his various artistic activities.
Created in 1999, "Mandala" continues to evolve and expand.
1995, Jai Govinda has been fusing his various dance training, which includes
ballet, modern, jazz, and Bharata Natyam. He has since collaborated with
many other dancers, musicians and visual artists of various genres, techniques
and traditions. Some of these collaborations include:
NARCISSUS, OM NAMAH SHIVAYA, BLUE GOD, WINDS,
TALES OF THE RAMAYANA.
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The famous Greek legend choreographed on an original score by David Embry
with dancers Quinton Bennet, Rukshana Engineer and Jai Govinda, with mask
and sets by Sydney Sparling Jr. Narcissus was premiered in Toronto as part
of the Kalanidhi Fine Arts 3rd Dance Festival. (see
NAMAH SHIVAYA : A solo commissioned by Dance
Arts Vancouver for their "Kiss Project" dance festival. A collaboration
with Jai Govinda and multidisciplinary artist Patrick Pennefather linked
to Shiva, the embodiment of the five elements and the five basic rhythms
of Bharata Natyam. It was again presented at Vancouver's Dancers for Life
: Inspired by the poetry of Jayadeva's Geeta Govinda, the erotic nature
of the love of the woman of Vraja for Krishna (the Blue God) is portrayed
by dancer Andrea Gunnlaugson, Marthe Leonard, Marla Waal, and Jai Govinda.
It was choreographed on the richly textured musical score by Joseph
Pepe Danza with costumes by Marla Waal and sets by Michelle Moss. The
Blue God was premiered in 1999 and also performed in Ottawa for the
yearlong exhibit at Musee des Civilisations; "India the Living Arts".
The music for the Blue God was also recorded and performed for the Sacred
Music Festival in Vancouver. (see reviews)
: A solo by Jai Govinda, especially choreographed for the Single Dance Festival
2000 in Vancouver, on the many influences brought by the winds of Life.
(part 1) : A duet created for the 2001
Millennium Commissions for the official opening of the Scotiabank
Dance Centre. Choreographed on Beethoven's 7th Symphony; music rearranged
by Sathia Aruliah, and danced by Isabelle and John Ottman. Kama is part
of a larger production to be premiered in 2003. (see
OF THE RAMAYANA : Collaboration with Vancouver
Moving Theatre based on the famous epic Ramayana. It is touring the
schools of B.C. and will also be recreated for public performances in
the fall of 2002.
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