“Be prudent, my love, my mother does not like you, she says you’re different from us…,” says the Latina woman to her Punjabi betrothed. The words are part of a Spanish ballad to be performed in “Half and Halves,” an ambitious cross-cultural performing arts event to feature bhangra and Latino folklorico dancing and singing, accompanied by violins, guitars, and drums from both cultures.”
“Duniya means “world” in languages as diverse as Punjabi, Farsi, Arabic, Susu (Guinea, West Africa), and Thai. The company’s work embodies this word, as it explores the forces that have brought together the members of the group and their dance and drum styles, including, but not limited to, colonization, globalization, immigration, art, dance, music, and love. Duniya Dancehall covers many corners of the globe bringing music and performance from India, West Africa, Jamaica, Latin America, and others.”
“Joti Singh’s passion for celebration and joyous movement leads her to incorporate Mexican, West African, French, and hip hop rhythms into her choreography. She has traveled to Guinea several times to master West African dance, staged a cutting-edge narrative performance about Guantanamo Bay, and is currently working with Zenon Barron of Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco to choreograph a piece about Punjabi-Mexicans in the Imperial Valley.”
“SIMONE MARTICKE likes to show off her new hip-shaking and hand-twirling moves at Alberto’s Night Club in Mountain View.
Marticke has been taking Bollywood dancing classes for a few weeks at the YWCA in Berkeley, and when Alberto’s hosts an occasional Bollywood night, she has some steps to show her longtime Bollywood dancing friends”
“Joti Singh, the 29-year-old San Francisco-based dancer, blends her Punjabi roots with her passion for West African dance, but she doesn’t like to describe her work as a strict fusion of the two. Singh, the founder and choreographer of Duniya Dance Company, describes her festive, propulsive brand of dance as drawing more strongly from her training in bhangra.”
There are many ways to support Duniya’s creative work and teaching. Your donations directly fund new costumes, and hiring professional editors to put together our videos from “Half and Halves,” and “Lanyee,” so that we can continue to promote and perform these shows. They also help us to secure rehearsal space, create our promotional materials, and cover general operating expenses. All tax-deductible donations are made through our fiscal sponsor, Dancers’ Group (dancersgroup.org).
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