Presented by the Raymond Foundation
Each spring, we get to do something that we really love: bring educational outreach, Lotus-style, to Bloomington and surrounding areas in south-central Indiana. It’s Lotus Blossoms time, when we make it easy for Hoosier kids to discover the music, dance, songs, arts, and stories of cultures around the world. Our mission – to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts – is put into action every year via Lotus Blossoms. This year, Lotus Blossoms will:
- Take three featured artists to schools in five counties;
- Create a two-day “world bazaar” for 1,500+ kids;
- And offer free public events for the community at large.
- Teachers resources: Study guides from this year’s featured performers (Kalapriya, Sogbety Diomande, Genticorum)
- The year’s program is made possible by the Raymond Foundation and these wonderful sponsors.
Featured Artists for Lotus Blossoms 2014
Kalapriya performs a traditional Indian dance called Bharata Natyam. Its stylized hand movements, elegant footwork, and complex rhythms express mythology and convey emotion. This type of dance has origins in the 9th century and was popular in courts during the 17th and 18th centuries. It has experienced a revival in the last 100 years and continues to evolve. The Chicago-based Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts incorporates other contemporary and classical dances in its Bharata Natyam performances, reflecting both the history and growth of Indian artistic culture.
Public performance: Thursday, February 2o, 7 p.m.; Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Genticorum performs the vibrant traditional music of Québec: non-stop dance rhythms, hearty call-and-response singing, foot percussion, and intense playing. The trio – Pascal Gemme, Alexandre de Grosboisgarand, and Yann Falquet – all grew up playing music learned from elders in the tradition, and they have been performing together for thirteen years. Genticorum performs both traditional and original compositions, using fiddle and flute, guitar, electric bass, and rich vocals.
Public workshop/performance: Monday, March 24, 7 p.m.; Monroe County Public Library Auditorium (303 E. Kirkwood). Note: Seating is on a first come, first served basis, and auditorium capacity is 144.
Sogbety Diomande, from Ivory Coast, delivers a stunning, cultural stage show complete with vibrant costumes, intense drumming, beautiful dancing and songs in his native tongue. He has been performing since a young age, trained by his uncle and his dance company, and is familiar with a range of traditional West African drums.
Saturday, March 29
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. / Binford Elementary School gymnasium (2300 E. 2nd; look for the orange-and-white Lotus banners)
Hands-on arts, crafts, and activities that bring the world to your fingertips. With live performances in the Performance Corner. Grab a Bazaar passport at the door, and discover the world.
The Bazaar is open only to MCCSC 4th-graders on Friday, but on Saturday, the public is invited to attend. All ages welcome, but activities are most appropriate for ages K-6.