In your own words, what is your ethnic identity? (for individuals)
International- with a focus on world music & dance traditions
from Himalayan Nepal
Your Artistic Background/Mission
As a result of the devastating earthquakes beginning in Spring 2015, Dance Theater of Nepal artists have been performing non stop at many fundraising and related events throughout NYC and beyond including: The New School, The Rubin Museum of Art, Bunnna Ethiopian cafe, and with a variety of Nepali organizations, community and cultural groups
Dance Theater of Nepal received a Citizens Committee for NYC Neighborhood grant award for the concert "Inside- Out" performed in 2014. The ensemble has been in existence since 1997 and has performed at and given workshops, in a variety of arts,cultural, and educational settings throughout NY and beyond. These include: The Childrens Museum of Art, The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, Symphony Space, The Smithsonian, The Hammond Museum, American Museum of Natural History Partners have also included: The Citizens Committee Grant (2014) Spring Studio, NYC, Asian American Arts Alliance, Asia Society TX, South Asian Music Society, Open Society Institute, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Pratt Institute, Pace & Princeton Universities and Manhattanville college. With Nepali festivals and celebrations ongoing year round, DTON continues to highlight Nepali traditional performing arts via special events programs, concerts, and exhibits both within the Nepali community, and for diverse American audiences.
Your Creative Influences
The Nepali Folk and Classical dance & music traditions have a very long history and can be traced to be centuries old.
Collage by Joanne Gruber
"KTM Sanjh" photos- Carol Lacks