East Meets West: An Evening of Indian Dance


Thursday, September 30 @7p
Barrio Stage at Touchstone Theatre
OUTDOOR EVENT

TICKETS: Free! Donations welcome.
*Reservations encouraged to help us plan; walk-ups welcome too!

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A joyful and uplifting evening of Indian dance, celebrating the community! Get up on your feet and join in the dance as our friends from the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley lead audience-participants in learning and appreciating Bollywood and Garba folk dance.

Want to know more about the dance styles we’ll be doing together?

Garba is one of the folk dance styles commonly performed at festivals and other special occasions in the state of Gujarat, India. Garba dancing takes place during the nine-day Navratri festival, held annually during September and October. It is a joyful style of dance, based on circular patterns and characterized by a sweeping action from side to side and hand clapping. Performers perform in a circle around an image of a symbolic representation of a mother goddess, such as Durga. Dancing begins slowly and gradually increases in speed. Garba performances often include singing and musical accompaniment by dhol or dholak (double-headed drums).

Bollywood is a style of a fusion of various dance styles (including Indian classical dance, folk dance, jazz, hip hop, Arabic, and Salsa). It also incorporates the Nava Rasa, the nine emotions that every human being experiences. Each Bollywood song tells a story– they are also called situational songs. Some of the popular situational songs include love songs, wedding songs, festival songs, and songs on jealousy. Let’s learn some of the dances from Indian cinema, packed with movement and emotion!

[Image description: An Indian American woman mid-dance, wearing bright purple and magenta clothing with gold jewelry and accents, against a dark background. Her arms are raised and joined, circling around her head.]


WHAT TO EXPECT

Grab your dancing shoes, join in, and dance! This isn’t just a performance – it’s a dance lesson too. Not ready to get up on your feet, but still interested? Come on by and watch. Learn more about the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley at their website. **See below for the rain plan** Anne Labovitz of the I Love You Institute invites audience members to participate in a collaborative community art project between 6:30-7pm; plan to arrive early to take part. 

FOOD & DRINK: Arrive hungry! Bibi’s Tiffin will be onsite with delicious Indian street food for purchase with cash, card, or Venmo/Paypal.

VENUE: Barrio Stage at Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, PA 18015 (This is our new outdoor venue located in our parking lot; see below for alternate parking options.)

RUN TIME: 2 hours

PARKING: There is nearby street or lot parking (here’s a link to Bethlehem parking options).  Recommended options include: 1) Mechanic Street Parking Lot between Webster & Taylor Streets and Mechanic Street and the Greenway – 3 min walk; 2) Third & Taylor Street lot next to Southside 313 at 313 E. 3rd St. – 3 min. walk; or 3) the South New St. Garage (324 S. New Street), which is a 7 minute walk along the Greenway to the theatre.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible restrooms are available inside Touchstone Theatre. Accessible seating is available; please contact Touchstone Theatre via phone at (610) 867-1689 or via email at touchstone@touchstone.org to reserve accessible seating in advance or inquire about accessible parking. Please note that seating is in the Touchstone parking lot which is accessed via a sloped driveway.

**COVID-19 SAFETY** This event is outside and participants/audience will be able to physically distance. We require unvaccinated guests to wear a mask (CDC mask guidance here). We welcome vaccinated guests to mask up, as they wish, and encourage masking when in close proximity to guests outside your group. We’ll have extras masks and plenty of hand sanitizer on hand, in case you need them.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.

What happens if it rains?!

VENUE: In the case of rain, this event will take place at the Charles A. Brown Ice House,  56 River St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

PARKING: Free parking is available immediately adjacent to the Ice House, with additional metered parking in the Lehigh Street Lot across from the Wooden Match (61 W. Lehigh Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018).

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible seating is available; please contact Touchstone Theatre via phone at (610) 867-1689 or via email at touchstone@touchstone.org to reserve accessible seating in advance. Accessible restrooms are also available. Parking is available in designated handicap spots next to the venue. 

**COVID-19 SAFETY** The Ice House is on city property; per City of Bethlehem guidelines, masks must be worn – regardless of vaccination status – by anyone visiting a government building. All performers, ushers, box office staff, etc. will be masked. As an audience member, please bring your own mask to wear; if you need one, we’ll have plenty of extras on hand. 

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.