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Photography by Karen Scheffers

The Samadhi Dance Company brings to life Inevitable Time with their distinct expression of beauty, excellence, and stand out professional contemporary dance.

The Samadhi Dance style

The vocabulary of the company is based on contemporary ballet, with strong influences of Bharata Natyam (traditional Indian dance), yoga, theatre, jazz/urban and classical ballet to create a wider range of movements.

Themes used to build the performances

The contents of these productions are characterized by fusing knowledge of the ancient Vedas with Western art and dance techniques. The company is renowned for their collaborations with artists in other disciplines and their innovative fusion of various dance styles. The choice of music in particular has a major influence on the productions.

Some of the best moments preparing for the concert with Ananda’s album

Personally I find art a great way to transform negative emotions into something positive, a way to leave the past behind and freshly start something new. Listening to Ananda’s music and feeling the instant inspiration from it was surely one of the best moments in the preparation towards the show. The music is extremely powerful and its beautiful structure and details make an epic symphony. It was like Krishna was speaking through the music ‘Yes! You can!’ and as the choreographer the more I heard the music the more I enjoyed the details and depths and saw visuals concerning the dance and its energetic flow and emission.

To process the fierceness of the music into the choreography was at times confronting for meand the dancers but once convinced and steady it was also very rewarding. When the dance merged with the Shakti and message of the music the whole team felt the energetic boost.

Bhakti is soft but surely also has a very fierce and powerful side, just like the Mahabharata. Ananda’s album shares that with us, and experiencing this was certainly a memorable moment.

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Photography by Karen Scheffers

Message for the audience

We would be grateful if the audience can experience at least a fragment of the strength that lurks within this great source of inspiration. Also, in daily life we deal with the nuanced combination of fierce and fragile and live with a certain duality of determination and courage vs. vulnerability and surrendering; we somehow feel as if we are in between, it’s one or the other, black or white while but actually both exist at the same time and actually form completion together. This is knowledge brought to us through this legend of Arjuna and we, as spiritual beings in human form, should accept both that shadow and light within.

Reasons to come to the performance on the 28th of May

Provided that the audience attends the evening with an open mind-set I am sure that at least one element of the entire show will inspire and touch the heart. Besides that we are dealing with individually big artists and souls that come together for this event all focused on bhakti yoga.

The performance surely promises to be a very unique and special event and those fortunate enough to be part of this evening are certainly privileged!

The history of the Samadhi Dance Company

‘The Samadhi Dance Company led by Vraja Sundari is a fresh contemporary dance company (Amsterdam/Baarn; the Netherlands) famous for their unique presentation of devotion in dance.

The company was founded in early 2007 by Vraja Sundari when she presented her first short work for the company titled ‘Blue Boy’ (2007). The company has produced highly regarded shows ever since and they are currently producing ‘Hanuman’ (2014-2015) which will go on tour in the fall of 2015. In January 2012 – during the company’s 5 years anniversary – Vraja Sundari Keilman’s innovative production ‘Saranágati received the prestigious Dutch Dance Audience Award (Danspublieksprijs) for best production and dance company of 2011. In early 2014 the company received two official nominations in the categories ‘Favorite Dancer of 2013’ and ‘Favorite Production 2013’ for the crossover dance performance ‘Tusta’. The company has over 30,000+ fans worldwide.

More about the performers

Since graduating from the Amsterdam Theatreschool- Pre-Education in 2000, Vraja has kept herself fully engaged in performance, learning, and teaching. She has extensive professional qualification and experience. Her range is diverse and she has performed the work of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Nanine Linning and Sasha Steensk at the Scapino Ballet led by Ed Wubbe as well as performing in the work of, amongst others, Bruno Listopad (Korzo productions), Douglas Bateman (MD Kollectiv) and Ederson Rodrigues Xavier (Julidans). She has collaborated as a solist with composers Surajit Das (India), Stormvogel, Lovro Ravbar (Slovenia) and performed for Deepak Chopra, Le Grand Cru and many more.

Vraja founded the Samadhi Dance Company in 2007 and has created a total of nine full length dance productions, all successfully received by press and audience. Sundari is awarded with the Dutch Dance Audience Award of 2011 for her production ‘Saranagati’ and received two official nominations for her production ‘Tusta’ in 2013. Besides performing Sundari is a beloved teacher at several renowned dance academies in the Netherlands and currently teaches over 250 students.

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Photography by Karen Scheffers

Liam O’Callaghan (30, Ireland), Dancer, Samadhi Dancer Company

Liam began in 1995 with martial arts and was awarded with several Dutch and European Championship titles. He performed as a breakdancer at the Dutch circus troupe ‘Elleboog’ (2001), and is part of the Dutch crossover dance company ISH since 2002.

He has performed all around the world, including in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia. Liam Joined the Samadhi Dance Company in late 2010 and performed in “Mohini” (2012), the nominated performance “Tusta” (2013) and is currently the leading role in “Hanuman” (2015). During 2013 O’Callaghan was also selected for the TV Program “So You Think You Can Dance” where he made it to the final 12.

Jeffrey Stuut (28, Netherlands), Dancer, Samadhi Dance Company

Jeffry graduated in 2008 from Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. He has been a dancer with the Samadhi Dance Company since 2010 and performed in Samadhi’s ‘Saranágati’ (winner of the Dutch Dance Audience Award of 2011), ‘Mohini’ (2012), the nominated ‘Tusta’ (2013) and ‘Hanuman’ (2015). He has also performed in the musical ‘Tarzan’ and several productions of Isabelle Beernaert (Belgium).

Loura Sita van Krimpen (22, South-Africa), Dancer, Samadhi Dance Company

Laura was nominated in the category of ‘Favourite Dancer of 2014’ and is currently playing a leading role in Samadhi’s ‘Hanuman’. She graduated just last year from Codarts – Dance Department in Rotterdam but has already performed in contemporary dance works of among others: Janusz Skubaczkowski, Filip van Huffel & Diya Naidu in countries such as the Netherlands, South-Africa and India.

Chaitanya Charan Das/Chris Kuijken (43, Bergeijk), Actor, Samadhi Dance Company

Chaitanya Charan Das is a very experienced and diverse performer. In early 2012 Chaitanya Charan Das joined the Samadhi Dance Company as an actor, singer and composer and has toured with the company in The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium. Chaitanya has performed in the Samadhi productions ‘Mohini’ (2012), the nominated production “Tusta” and currently portrays the role of Vishnu in Samadhi’s latest production ‘Hanuman’.

He began as an actor at the age of 11 in the comedy group “Duo Simple’ in which he achieved third place in the” Parade of the Best “on the National Dutch broadcasting channel the TROS in 1988 and was titled ‘ Talent of the Month ‘in Tineke de Nooij’s talk show in 1993. He then worked as an actor and singer in several dramaworks by actor and playwright Peter Ohlenschlager from 1996 to 2012.

In 2006 Chaitanya joined the band ‘Half-Minute Man ” as the lead singer and was awarded first prize in the national band competition known as ‘The Next Stage’ at the Melkweg in Amsterdam. Following this, Chris joins the band ‘King Size’ and the band ‘Isophone’ conducted by Merlin Verboom from which currently a track is being used for the advertisement of the famous Dutch brand Douwe Egberts.

Gino Jagessar (24, Netherlands), Intern dancer, Samadhi Dance Company

Gino joined the Samadhi Dance Company in 2014 and is currently touring with Samadhi’s international production ‘Hanuman’. He is also the co-founder and member of the dance collective ‘Brotherhood’ in Amsterdam.

Gino graduated in 2013 from the Art & Entertainment College in Amsterdam, had his internship in Paris at Institut de Formation Rick Odums (2012) and performed work of among others: Marga Douma-Alta, David Hutuely and the award-winning Isabelle Beernaert in Europe and China.