Women Speak, inspired by Mahasati

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Project visual Women Speak, inspired by Mahasati
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Women Speak, inspired by Mahasati

<h3 style="text-align:center"><strong>Thanks to your support we can&nbsp;continue for a second goal!&nbsp;</strong></h3> <h3 style="text-align:center"><strong>Light up our performance with your donation!&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p>Our light engineer&nbsp;Carlo Bourguignon (from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/lesballetscdelab/?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&amp;eid=ARAgssTAcR3ZO6XUEbYZC7SkkSDwgTrxYNaGhP-1C2boFV2ApQiC-4LMh_CxcQSoBtCbm8mmNYxW4RuS&amp;fref=mentions">les ballets C de la B</a>) has a golden heart and is doing his job with precision. It is a pleasure to work with him.<br /> Every 300 euros collected is one working day for him. We need him 5 days!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><br /> The Maya Sapera Dance Company</h3> <div class="k-ResponsiveIframeContainer">​<strong>This is our mission</strong></div> <p>We are a production company with different dance and music groups. By offering a high-quality program, we bring Indian and oriental arts to the Belgian audience.</p> <div class="k-ResponsiveIframeContainer"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="281" scrolling="no" src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FKA-mWPyCoD8%3Ffeature%3Doembed&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DKA-mWPyCoD8&amp;image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FKA-mWPyCoD8%2Fhqdefault.jpg&amp;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500"></iframe>Our productions combine different cultures in a creative and authentic way. Led by our artistic director&nbsp;Maya Sapera, Maya Sapera Company tours the whole of Belgium and abroad.</div> <h3><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="281" scrolling="no" src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FM7RAwmodVYE%3Ffeature%3Doembed&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DM7RAwmodVYE&amp;image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FM7RAwmodVYE%2Fhqdefault.jpg&amp;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500"></iframe></h3> <h3><strong>Pioneers in Indian dance</strong></h3> <p>For many years, we have been pioneers in bringing art forms like Kalbeliya, Bollywood and Kathak to Belgium. Both on stage and in the studio.</p> <div class="k-ResponsiveIframeContainer"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="281" scrolling="no" src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2F-YZbLt9ztpc%3Ffeature%3Doembed&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D-YZbLt9ztpc&amp;image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2F-YZbLt9ztpc%2Fhqdefault.jpg&amp;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500"></iframe></div> <p>In 2002, the Khan Brothers &amp; Maya Sapera planted with their Rajasthani folk group&nbsp;the first seeds of our story. Four years later, Maya Sapera founded the first professional Bollywood dance company in Belgium.</p> <div class="k-ResponsiveIframeContainer"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="281" scrolling="no" src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FygdIBn_ID9U%3Ffeature%3Doembed&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DygdIBn_ID9U&amp;image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FygdIBn_ID9U%2Fhqdefault.jpg&amp;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="500"></iframe></div> <p>We kept and keep&nbsp;on growing. So, we created our own productions, as Milaap/Encounters, Taal, Desh Rangeela ... and now Women Speak.</p> <p>Because it is important to us to connect with our audience, we also work out tailor-made performances for festivals, cultural centres, music clips or events. We propose for that purpose a&nbsp;variety of dance styles:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Kathak (Indian classical dance of North India)</li> <li>Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance of South India)</li> <li>Kalbelia and other folk dances of Rajasthan (Northwest India)</li> <li>Bollywood</li> <li>Contemporary Indian dance</li> <li>Oriental dance</li> </ul> <p>We also believe that&nbsp;the combination of dance and live music is always powerful. That is why we love to perform together when possible. Flexibel as we are, our performances count from one till thirteen artists.</p> <h2>The production<br /> &quot;Women Speak, inspired by Mahasati&quot;</h2> <blockquote> <p>This production is recommended by Alain Platel!</p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/591091/rsz_119_m3_7533-1556806994.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>&lsquo;Women Speak&rsquo; is built up through colours, emotions and female power. Shila Mehta and Maya Sapera embark upon a search for universally recognisable elements in the classical Indian dance style Kathak. In a unique combination, these elements fuse into a brave, inspiring story. The starting point for this collaboration was the Indian dance production &lsquo;Mahasati&rsquo;.</p> <p>Mahasati is a powerful female character from Indian literature who inspired Shila Mehta&rsquo;s production of the same name in 2016. Mahasati&#39;s has lived a life&nbsp;of obstacles. Yet, with her positive attitude&nbsp;she overcomes her&nbsp;problems&nbsp;and liberate herself.&nbsp;</p> <p>The artistic team of &lsquo;Women Speak&rsquo; brings this universal legend to the present. Thus, &lsquo;Women Speak&rsquo; tells a hopefull tale about obstacles in everyone&rsquo;s life.<br /> <br /> <strong>Women Speak is supported by</strong><br /> <img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594627/rsz_175_m3_7721-1557871753.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> Danshuis De Ingang<br /> Danspunt<br /> De Vlaamse Gemeenschap (departement jeugd, cultuur en media)<br /> Stad Gent<br /> Universiteit Gent<br /> Kimaya vzw</p> <p>In collaboration with CC Stroming (Evergem) and&nbsp;Nupur Zankar Academy of Performing Arts and Research Centre<br /> <img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594636/IMG_1568-1557874131.jpg" width="100%" /><em>Discussing the introduction with Prof. Dr. Eva De Clercq.<br /> From left to right Anvita Pandey, Shila Mehta,&nbsp;Prof. Dr. Eva De Clercq, Maya Sapera, Aaricia Ponnet</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Team</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594632/IMG_1504-1557873745.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <em>From left to right Shila Mehta and Lisi Estaras with her daughter.</em></p> <p><strong>Choreography: </strong>Shila Mehta, Maya Sapera<br /> <strong>Dramaturgy:</strong> Lisi Estaras<br /> <strong>Coach:&nbsp;</strong>Koen Augustijnen<br /> <strong>Repetitors:</strong> Aaricia Ponnet, Lies Heylbroeck</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594745/HEIC-4-1557912410.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <em>From left to right Shila Mehta, Koen Augustijnen, Maya Sapera</em></p> <p><strong>Dancers Maya Sapera Dance Company - MSDC:</strong> Maya Sapera, Aaricia Ponnet, Lies Heylbroeck, Yuka Numao, Babette Weyns, Karen Laleeuwe, Sarah Declercq, Astrid Strybol, Jolien Van De Velde, Anoukh van de Wiel</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594733/IMG_2658-1557911431.JPG" width="100%" /><br /> <em>From left to right Shila Mehta, Yuka, Babette, Karen, Lies, Sarah</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594630/DSC_0846-1557872669.JPG" width="100%" /><em>From left to right Lies, Karen and Anvita</em></p> <p><br /> <strong>Musicians: </strong>Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/595075/rsz_000-1557991292.png" width="100%" /><br /> <em>From up to down Mahabub Khan and Sattar Khan</em></p> <p><strong>Guest Artists:</strong> Shila Mehta, Anvita Pandey<br /> <strong>Costume design:&nbsp;</strong>Sandhya Raman<br /> <strong>Costume dresser:&nbsp;</strong>Yuka Numao</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594738/HEIC-2-1557911808.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <em>Hairdresser Dirk and from left to right&nbsp;Yuka, Lies en Anoukh</em></p> <p><strong>Hair: </strong>Dirk Ponnet<br /> <strong>Make-up:</strong> Cathy Sylvestre</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594743/rsz_heic-3-1557912267.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <em>Discussing lights with Carlo Bourguignon<br /> From left to right Maya Sapera, Shila Mehta, Carlo Bourguignon</em></p> <p><strong>Light:</strong>&nbsp;Carlo Bourguignon&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Sound:</strong> CC Stroming<br /> <strong>Decor:</strong> Anneke Van Laere<br /> <strong>Visual:</strong> Jan Marmenout</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/594634/IMG_1469-1557873893.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <em>Lies working on the poster of Mahasati</em></p> <p><strong>Poster:</strong> Lies Heylbroeck<br /> <strong>Communication</strong>: Astrid Strybol, Babette Weyns, Aaricia Ponnet, Jolien Van De Velde<br /> <strong>Website:</strong> Jonathan Esposito<br /> <img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/595076/DSC_0947-1557991907.JPG" width="100%" /><br /> <em>From left to right Yuka,&nbsp;Shila Mehta, Karen, Aaricia, Lisi</em></p> <p><strong>Production:</strong> Maya Sapera Dance Company vzw in collaboration with&nbsp;Nupur Zankar Academy of Performing Arts and Research Centre</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/595024/DSC_1109-1557957451.JPG" width="100%" /><em>​From&nbsp;left to right Anvita, Maya Sapera and Babette in the dance studio Danshuis De Ingang.</em></p> <p><strong>Maya Sapera</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/595031/jackendoff-7531-1557959295.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>Maya Sapera is the founder of the Maya Sapera Dance Company vzw. She grew up with Indian and oriental dances at the time that it was considered rare and exotic. She was first selected for an Indian dance performance when she was six.&nbsp;Since then she never stopped performing in Belgium and abroad. Besides being a elegant and captivating&nbsp;performer, she is also a great teacher. Her dance seeds have been sawn in Belgian, French and Chec dance companies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Already as a teenager it was her dream to level up these dance forms. So, she created the Maya Sapera Dance Company and collaborates with Shila Mehta to propose a Kathak formation in Belgium, recognised in India.</p> <p>It is important to Maya Sapera to&nbsp;inspire each other and collaborate. That is&nbsp;why the Maya Sapera Dance Company has such a beautiful and diverse team.</p>

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<h2><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/591106/rsz_screen_shot_2019-05-02_at_163314-1556807733.png" width="100%" /><br /> <strong>Brief</strong></h2> <p>Fund our costumes and help us tell our story! The famous costume designer Sandhya Raman has agreed to design and create costumes for our new project. This is a great honour. Now we need to raise the funds to cover her fees.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Why do we want to work with Sandhya? She has tailored a design exactly to the need of our concept. Moreover, by designing a unique costume for each dancer, she highlights the diversity of our company. The costumes will unfold like the layers of our story. Help us dress our dancers and donate for our crowdfunding!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/591080/rsz_011_m3_7338-1556806620.jpg" width="100%" /><strong>Expanded</strong></h2> <p>Sandhya Raman is a unique and innovative Indian designer. She has a rich background in materials, designs and costumes. With each of her costumes, she tells a unique story. Now that our concept, storyboard, choreography and dance have been worked out into detail, we want our costumes to be up to the mark. Our costumes are an essential part of our stage production, and thus have their own role to play in the story we want to tell our audience. Sandhya Raman has an impressive portfolio. Amongst others, she has designed for Aditi Mangaldas&rsquo; company in Delhi.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Where is the money going?</strong><br /> The 2500 euros are covering the cost of 11 multilayered costumes, designed by Sandhya Raman. The money will be transferred on the account of the Maya Sapera Dance Company vzw for that purpose.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> We advanced this money. That is why,&nbsp;in order to keep our budget balanced, we started this fundraiser in which we ask for your help. In this way&nbsp;our costumes would&nbsp;get funded. Moreover, if this crowdfunding&nbsp;would exceed the goal of 2500 euros, the extra money will&nbsp;go to: camera and light staff.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Some data for the agenda:</strong><br /> 25 April 2019: Try-out in the Minard, Ghent<br /> 14 June 2019: Premiere in CC Stroming, Sleidinge<br /> 15 June 2019: Performance in Bozar, Brussels</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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