Worth a Look: Indian dance, flamenco and sculpture tours

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This week, book a walking tour of site-specific sculptures, see an ancient form of classical Indian dance and take a workshop with some of Spain's rising flamenco stars.


'Sahanartana: Dancing Together'

Believed to be among the oldest surviving dance forms of India, Odissi is depicted in bas-relief sculptures in eastern India dating to the 2nd century BCE. Today, it's one of the less commonly performed styles of Indian dance. But on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m., Palo Alto's very own Odissi dance institution will present these dances in a rare appearance at Palo Alto's Cubberley Theatre (4000 Middlefield Road). Guru Shradha is a nonprofit dance company whose mission is to preserve and promote Indian classical dance from the state of Odisha. Founded in 2008, the company gives performances, workshops and demonstrations around the Bay Area.

Saturday's performance is titled "Sahanartana: Dancing Together," and the show will feature Odissi dances alongside other classical Indian dance styles including the popular Bharatanatyam, the storytelling Kathak style and Mohiniattam from the southwestern region of Kerala.

Tickets to "Sahanartana" range from $15-$30. To learn more, go to GuruShradha.org or call 650-394-6022. For tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com.


Sculpture tours

Located on 583 acres of redwood forest in the mountains of Woodside, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program has been in operation for the past 36 years. The nonprofit program offers accomplished artists from around the world an opportunity to create their work in an inspiring natural setting with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Between March and November, the Djerassi Program will be offering walking tours of some of the more than 100 site-specific sculptural works located on the grounds.

There are three types of tours available. Twelve scheduled two-mile tours led by volunteers are free of charge, take approximately two and a half hours and include 25 sculptures, while six tours led by Djerassi Executive Director Margot H. Knight cost $50-$60 per person, last four and a half hours and visit more than 30 sculptures, including an architectural installation "Estaciones des Luz" ("Stations of Light") by Seattle artist Mark Reeves. Private tours can be arranged for group groups of 15 to 25 people for a suggested donation. All walks are strenuous and involve climbing and descending on trails. Reservations are required, and sign-ups begin online at midnight on March 4. Call 650-747-1250 or go to djerassi.org.


'Young Flamencos'

The art of flamenco is passionate, powerful and impulsive. Passed down through the generations, it can only continue to thrive if young people embrace its traditions. On Sunday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m., the Flamenco Society of San Jose presents some of Spain's brightest young flamenco artists in "New Generation of Young Flamencos" at Mountain View's Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.). These guitarists, flautists, percussionists, dancers and singers represent Spain's rising stars, including guitarist Mario Moraga Perez from from the flamenco capital of Jerez De La Frontera and singer Mari Angeles Martinez from Seville, both of whom are appearing in the U.S. for the first time.

One day earlier, on Saturday, Feb. 28, members of the cast will offer flamenco workshops in Mountain View from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information on workshops, email flamencos@earthlink.net or call 510-792-8355. For tickets to Sunday's show, which range from $32-$53, go to mvcpa.com or call 650-903-6000. To learn more about the Flamenco Society, go to theflamencosociety.org.

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