San Francisco, CA
Charlotte Moraga, a senior disciple of Pandit Chitresh Das, performs traditional Kathak dance around the world as principal dancer of Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC), and as a solo artist. Moraga is currently director of the Chhandam Youth Dance Company. She is a recipient of the first Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship, recognizing artistic merit and potential for future excellence and impact on the field of Kathak. With her newest work, Moraga will explore the triangle of audience, dancer and musicians by putting it into a triptych based on the Hindu paradigm of existence: creation, preservation and destruction. Destruction is often seen as a creative act in itself as it makes way for rejuvenation. The work will feature collaborative and virtuosic live music.
2009 Festival Weekend 1 Artist
“A Conference in Nine”
Many birds set off on a journey in search of God. Along the way most of the birds drop out but the thirty who make it to the end see only their own reflections in the “face” of God. Charlotte Moraga, a senior disciple of and principal dancer for Pandit Chitresh Das, performs Indian traditional Kathak dance around the world. Departing from traditional stories, Moraga creates a dazzling new dance based on a twelfth century Sufi poem, in collaboration with carnatic saxaphonist, Prasant Radhakrishnan, tabla artist, Salar Nadar, sarodist, Ben Kunin and percussionist, Jim Santi Owen.