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Classical Orissi dance at Evergreen College


You don’t often get to see classical Indian dance in the South Sound – but this weekend you’ve got the chance. The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble will join the Urvasi Dance Company and Fulbright-winning dance professor Ratna Roy for two performances of Orissi dance at Evergreen State College Friday and Saturday.

What’s Orissi? Originating from the tropical coastal state of Orissa in India, Orissi is one of the six classical Indian dance forms. It’s mostly a women’s dance, based around sinuous gestures with occasional leaps. Think of those curvy Indian temple sculptures and you’ll get the idea.

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