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Natya Dance Theatre

Varna – Colors of White - World Premiere

October 22 & 23, 2015 | 7:30PM   

October 24, 2015 | 7:30PM
40th Year Benefit Performance*

“Triumphant – an enticing mixture of restraint and abundance."
The New York Times

"...scintillating abstract dance...insanely complex and changeful rhythms...shifting back and forth between deep, soulful truths and American vernacular...” -- Chicago Tribune

Rooted in the South Indian dance-theatre technique of Bharatanatyam, Natya Dance Theatre returns to The Dance Center to celebrate 40 years with the world premiere of Varna – Colors of White. Conceived by Founder and Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan, the full-evening work explores universal emotions that find expression through words, music, dance and drama. The narratives bring together the secular and the divine, the manifest and the hidden as part of an integrated whole. Eminent musicians from India accompany principal dancer Krithika Rajagopalan and Natya’s dancers. Based on ancient texts and poems of Sage poets and set to original musical scores, Varna – Colors of White brings to life feelings of love, desire, compassion, sorrow, greed, jealousy and humor. 

*  Natya’s 40th Year Benefit Performance features Varna – Colors of White plus a one-time-only solo by Hema Rajagopalan and a post-performance on-stage reception for all in attendance. 
$125, no subscription discounts apply.  

Additional Events


Thursday, October 22, 2015



Friday, October 23, 2015 | 6:30PM




$30 / $24 Seniors
Purchase tickets online.


Natya Dance Theatre’s performances at The Dance Center are funded, in part, by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.