India has several classical dances styles each having distinct characteristics. They are referred to as natya yoga. In this workshop we will explore 2 styles, bharatanatyam and odissi. We will experience how complex hand gestures (mudras) are combined with rhythmic feet patterns to create delightful dance sequences. An ardent traveller to India, Patrick, who will perform some of his works as an introduction to the workshop, has been receiving training in the graceful Odissi style for the past 8 years. Prior to that, in addition to contemporary dance, he performed the geometric bharatanatyam style.
Patrick Suzeau – Reviewed as a "very special performer...prodigious technique" (Dance Magazine) "physically expressive, a pleasure to watch" (The New York Times) Suzeau is a professor of Dance at the University of Kansas. His early career includes Les Ballets Modernes du Canada and Theatre de Danse Contemporaine while in Montreal, various groups and television work while in Mexico City. While in New York he toured nationally as a solo artist for the Affiliate Artists program and performed for Mary Anthony, Pearl Lang, Anna Sokolow, Kuch/Gain/Maslow and others. He has also appeared as a soloist in the works of La Meri, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, and as a dancer/actor in off-Broadway works. The Juilliard trained Suzeau is the recipient of several grants and choreography commissions from private and public funds, including two Fulbright Fellowships (2007 in Lithuania and 2014 in Malaysia) and the Master Fellowship in choreography from the Kansas Arts Commission. He has been a guest artist at countless universities across the nation. Formerly NYC based the COHAN/SUZEAU Dance Company has toured the Midwest (on the NEA Regional and the KAC Touring Programs) "This is what art at its best is all about" (Arts Indiana), and internationally (Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, India, China, Lithuania, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bulgaria), "An extraordinary dance spectacle" (El Sol de Mexico).