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Sujata Mohapatra.© Keith Getter. (Click image for larger version)

Kalanidhi Dance and Sujata Mohapatra – Dancing the Gods Festival – New York

★★★★✰   We’re lucky in New York to get as much classical Indian dance as we do. Several festivals return year after year, including, in the spring, Dancing the Gods, curated by the dancer and scholar Rajika Puri…

Mythili Prakash.© Jorge Viscera. (Click image for larger version)

Mythili Prakash & Sanjukta Wagh – Dancing the Gods festival – New York

★★★✰✰   The Dancing the Gods festival, presented by the World Music Institute and co-curated by the dancer and scholar Rajika Puri, is a reliable place to see good, and sometimes great Indian classical dance.

Joaquín Grilo.© Javier Auris, Symphony Space. (Click image for larger version)

Joaquín Grilo – Dedicated to Paco de Lucía – New York

★★★✰✰ Flamenco is a difficult category to put your finger on these days; there are about as many approaches as there are dancers. But Joaquín Grilo is fairly old-school…

Rahul Acharya.© World Music Institute. (Click image for larger version)

Rahul Acharya, Vidhya Subramanian, Shambhavi Dandekar and Janaki Rangarajan – Dancing the Gods – New York

In New York we are lucky to see quite a bit of Indian classical dance. The local crowd has developed a taste for it, and thus has been spoiled with some memorable performances…

Ángel Muñoz.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company – Flamenco Vivo – New York

Which brings me to Ángel Muñoz who, with Peña, is the real star of the show. The two couldn’t be more different: Peña is all interiority and nuance, while Muñoz is all bluster and instinct.

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