Member of the month- April 2015
Bageshree Vaze, Dance Artist and Choreographer
Where are you from?
Good question, and one I ask myself often -- born in Pune, India, but came to Canada when I was one year old, grew up in St. John's Newfoundland.
What style of dance do you practice?
Kathak dance now, but trained initially in Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi (South Indian dance styles) -- and Hip hop in my nightlife
Tell us something we wouldn't know from reading your dance resume.
I have a degree in Journalism, and worked briefly at Maclean's magazine -- two children, Kalashree 7, and Vihaan, 3.
If you could spend the day with a celebrity, who would it be, and why?
Will Smith -- he is talented on so many levels, really smart and funny -- but maybe just half a day.
Describe your most embarrassing moment onstage or in performance.
A couple of times when I've performed with live music, I couldn't hear properly (bad sound) and as a result, I did something out of sync with the musicians.
Why did you join CADA-ON (and also serve as a Board Member from 2011-2014)?
When I first came to Toronto in 1996, I joined CADA-ON to be a part of a community of dance artists. It's important to have a network in a city that is geographically and culturally very fragmented. CADA-ON provides great opportunities for training subsidies, but is also a collective voice for artists who can often feel isolated from their peers.
Tell us about your upcoming show at the Harbourfront NextSteps series!
Paratopia is an exploration into an alternate reality of dance, both in relation to Indian dance specifically, and to how the dance world in Canada and abroad is evolving. It shows different parameters of Kathak dance aesthetics, through excerpts of past solo works (also featuring Kathak dance star Anuj Mishra from Lucknow, India), and through a new group work that features non Kathak-trained dancers Danny McArthur, Daniel Gomez and Samantha Schleese. The works question imposed boundaries, past and present, but also celebrate traditional elements, such as the idea of dance as a cosmic reflection embodied through Lord Nataraja (the Dancing God in Hindu mythology). It is a culmination of my work over the past 10 years as an Indian classical dance artist in Toronto.
Paratopia, April 23-25
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
as part of Danceworks, CADA-ON members qualify for discounted tickets!
*on April 21, see a sneak-peek at the COC Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, FREE noon hour series.
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