All the wonders of Bollywood in one show! Described as a “live movie” starring India’s finest Bollywood ensemble, the big, bold production features a dazzling fusion of music, dance and 2,000 costumes.
Dance St. Louis, the Midwest’s leading dance presenter, continues its 2016-17 season with the presentation of “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue” for three performances at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on March 31 – April 1. Direct from Mumbai, starring Bollywood’s finest, “Taj Express” explodes with the sounds and movements of the world of Bollywood, capturing its vibrant, expressive spirit.
Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society while showcasing dance forms like Bollywood, Bharatnatyam, Parkour, hip-hop, ballet, Indian folk, Indian classical, and Latin American. The production is a high-energy celebration of Bollywood culture, new India’s pop music, and deep traditions, featuring 2,000 colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
“Taj Express” Director of Choreography Vaibhavi Merchant has choreographed more than 75 Bollywood films in her career, and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious National Award for Choreography, IIFA, and the American Choreography Award.
WHO: Dance St. Louis
WHAT: Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue
WHEN: Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. & Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
WHERE: Touhill Performing Arts Center
TICKETS: $40-60 (http://dancestlouis.org). For additional details, please visit http://www.dancestlouis.org/taj-express-the-bollywood-musical-review.
“Riotous, exotic, graceful,” describes The Times of India. “This is Bollywood at its best, only brighter, better yet, even closer,” said RedKassa. Critic Samantha Ben-Rehouma calls it “A real mix of Broadway spiced to perfection, kitsch and exoticism” while another critic calls it “a personification of the Indian film industry in the best of its manifestation.” “A rainbow of colors, costumes and gestures that thrills the viewer and makes him want to go exploring these exotic lands,” said critic Hechmi Khalladi.
Tickets are $40-$60, and are available at the Dance St. Louis box office at 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive (in Grand Center), St. Louis, MO 63103, or by calling 314-534-6622 or by visiting http://dancestlouis.org.
EVENT & SEASON SPONSORS
Dance St. Louis is grateful for sponsor support to continue its mission to present world-class dance. Wells Fargo Advisors is the presenting sponsor of Taj Express: The Musical Revue. UMSL is Dance St. Louis’ supporting season sponsor. Dance St. Louis is also supported by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission and the Shubert Foundation.
51st DANCE ST. LOUIS 2016-17 SEASON
Dance St. Louis continues to be recognized as the leading dance presenter in St. Louis, the Midwest and by the professional dance community. The final performance of the season is at the 10th Annual Emerson SPRING TO DANCE® FESTIVAL 2017 on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2017 at Touhill Performing Arts Center. V
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Dance St. Louis is widely recognized as the leading dance presenter in St. Louis, the Midwest and by the professional dance community. Founded in 1966, Dance St. Louis has been bringing the greatest dance of the world to St. Louis audiences for 51 years. Dance St. Louis is dedicated to the enrichment of the cultural landscape and artistic reputation of St. Louis by presenting great dance companies and educational opportunities that make dance accessible to everyone. Dance St. Louis also conducts a broad range of education programs for the St. Louis community. Each year, the Education Outreach Program introduces thousands of schoolchildren to the magic of dance through in-school workshops and mainstage performances. For more information, please visit http://dancestlouis.org.