Asha Dance Story
Published On April 2, 2014 | Art
BROOKLYN, NY—Grandiose was the performance given by the dancers of the Asha Dance Company, “The Season of Woman”, and an interpretation of the current status of woman today. Strong and swift were their movements, giving messages of loss, struggle and triumph, a celebration of women’s strength and love. The troop’s costumes went from urban to elegant, flowing to the beautiful compositions of orchestral sounds.
The performance started off giving shine to the women of urban culture, patterned tights and loose fitting tank tops, attire of a sweltering New York summer. This raw performance at a one point had a dancer jittering feverishly, while being attended by another, indicative of the cold nature of city life and the even more harsh reality of addiction withdrawal.
The inner emotions were conveyed effortlessly by the troop, the white backdrop complimenting their motions with hues of fuchsia and magenta. Shadows of the dancers dipped and jumped across the backdrop, sequenced perfectly, yet performed as if it was a game being played by children.
A soulful song echoed through the room “I am a Woman of the Ghetto”, the silhouettes of five women could be seen on the backdrop as they walked out into the blue light. Only to have their silhouettes splashed across the backdrop as the illuminating light filled the stage and the dancers began their dance once more. Powerful and graceful, this portion finished off with the dancers wearing the garb of women in upstanding positions of society.
The last performance started off with a woman in all white praying to be joined by the speech of a preacher, the rest of the troop walked out to the uplifting words. The dancers choreographed their movements while seated, only to follow the orders of the gospel “STAND UP!!!”, then meshing into one group and flowing through each other like water. Exploding into movement in Baptist church form, dancers ran up the aisles, interacting with the audience who in turn followed the gospel’s orders “STAND UP!!!”
Nadia came out as the dancers bowed to their standing ovation, engaging the crowd with a few confident words and she went on to individually introduce each member of the dancing troop. Fighting back tears in giving a special shout out to Ariel Tharp, a motivated dancer who resides in Maryland, but shows the dedication in coming to every rehearsal and function of the Dance Company prior to the performance.
By Kenneth Thomas