by Tanveer Alam

June 2-3, 2023 at 8 PM

Aki Studio

Kathak is like a river that flows…” –  Smt. Sandhya Desai

Live dancing meets projections of the body in this first full length solo work by Tanveer Alam. Leher (meaning waves) explores the spine as the foundation of movement, and ideas of slowness. This new dance work is based in the Indian classical dance form of Kathak, and deals with how a body arrives to a state of quietude — in material and performance. 

Choreographer and performer Tanveer Alam 
Production and Stage Manager Adam Bromley
Projection Designer Samuel Boucher 
Lighting Designer Noah Feaver 
Videographer and Editor Henry Mak 
Dramaturg and Rehearsal Director Harikishan S. Nair 
Music Roshin Shabu, Abbas Janmohamed, Thanura Madhugeeth, Jidnya Sujata  
Poster Design Naveen Yohanan

Supported by Anandam Dancetheatre’s Sadhana Project, CanAsian Dance GRIT – Short Dances, The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council.

June 2, 8 PM
June 3, 8 PM  - post-show talkback with Nithya Garg

General | $25
Arts Worker, Student, Senior | $15
Community Access | $10

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Toronto-based Tanveer Alam started his Kathak training with Sudeshna Maulik and continued further nuanced studies with guru Sandhya Desai. Alam is a 2019 graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
Alam has performed in the works of Rina Singha, Lata Pada, Padmini Chettur, Brandy Leary, Harikishan S. Nair, Sashar Zarif, Lucy Rupert, and Peter Chin, to name a few. As an emerging choreographer, he has presented work at SummerWorks Festival, Battery Dance Festival +, MAI - Montréal, arts, interculturels, CanAsian Dance Festival: Grit Short Dances, and Tangente. Alam has been supported by Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts.
Across the 22/23 season,  Alam premiered The Tagore Project (co-choreographed by Atri Nundy), at Tangente and Sampradaya Dance Creations, and  In Multiplicity (co-created with Nithya Garg), presented as a part of the Independent Projects stream at Nuit Blanche (Humber Galleries), and presented Haazri, a new Kathak solo for The National Ballet of Canada’s Sharing The Stage program. His next work is his full length solo entitled Leher, presented at Native Earth’s Aki Studio in June 2023. tanveerdance.com