The Dancing Monks of Assam

by Bill Hebert for The Dance Journal

For centuries, Sattriya, one of India’s classical dances honoring the Hindu God Krishna and his incarnations, remained confined to the monasteries of Assam in India where monks practiced, nurtured, and preserved it as part of their daily rituals. Now, the 600-year-old living tradition will be performed on the monks’ maiden U.S. tour in Drexel University’s Mandell Theater. The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host the Dancing Monks of Assam and Philadelphia-based Sattriya Dance Company for their performance An Odyssey of the Spirit on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 pm. To learn more about the monks’ week-long residency at Westphal College, visit http://bit.ly/dancingmonksassam.

About Bill Hebert

Bill Hebert (pronounced AY-BEAR), has been photographing performances in Philadelphia and New York for almost 8 years now primarily capturing dance. He has worked such local artists as Montazh, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM), Headlong Dance Theater, BalletX, Winged Woman Dance/Tina Heuges, Nichole Canuso Dance Company and Group Motion among many others in Philadelphia. NY based and touring companies Bill has had the pleasure of working with include: Paul Taylor, Limon Dance, Parsons Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Merce Cunningham, RubberbandDance Group, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, River North Chicago Dance and Pilobolus. Bill has also had the pleasure of participating in three photography workshops with renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Bill’s philosophy and mission is to “Capture the Essence of the Moment” and give the work a life beyond the stage. Bill Hebert is currently a photographer for The University of Pennsylvania’s Dance Celebration series, was one of the photographers for both the 2008 & 2009 Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival, Choreographic Sketches in NY, 2010 IABD Conference and proud to be a part of the team for the “By Local” series in Philadelphia which will give local artists a chance to tell their story while doing what they love which is to entertain and enlighten others.

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