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Renowned South Asian American Dance Company to Perform at Carleton

April 27, 2012

The Tehreema Mitha Dance Company, a pioneering South Asian American dance company renowned for its range of classical and contemporary styles, will perform at Carleton College on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This colorful and creative performance is free and open to the public but seating is limited. To reserve seats, visit online at www.carleton.tixato.com/buy/.

Athletic, intricate, dramatic, and moving with ease from humor to intense emotion, Tehreema Mitha is known for its extensive repertoire that spans classical Indian (Bharatanatyam) and contemporary dance genres, as well as for creative fusions of these styles that tell stories intertwined with intricate rhythms and complex movement. The music for each piece is specially composed and produced, as are the colorful costumes.

The company’s artistic director, Tehreema Mitha, who left her native Pakistan in 1998 to seek greater creative freedom, has been choreographing and performing professionally for over two decades, and brings a repertoire of over sixty dances to the company. Mitha believes strongly in the importance of blending both classical and contemporary forms, and of performing them side-by-side, as a way to demonstrate the progression of a generation in sync with the modern world—yet unwilling to leave its roots behind.  More information about The Tehreema Mitha Dance Company can be found at www.tmdancecompany.org.

This event is sponsored by the Visualizing the Liberal Arts (Viz) Initiative at Carleton College, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by Studies in the Arts, the Asian American Studies Program, the Distinguished Women Visitors Fund, the Department of History, and the Herbert P. Lefler Lecture Fund. For more information, including disability accommodations, contact assistant professor of history Amna Khalid at (507) 222-4213 or amkhalid@carleton.edu.

The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 E. Third Street in Northfield (enter on College Street between Third and Fourth Streets).

Written by Alex Korsunsky '12