Meet Samadhi Dance Company

"When we succeed in becoming so absorbed in something that our mind becomes completely one with it, we are in a state of Samadhi. Samadhi means “to bring together, to merge.” In Samadhi our personal identity-name, profession, family history, etc. completely disappears. In the moment of Samadhi none of that exists anymore. Nothing separates us from the object of our choice; instead we blend and become one with it."

 

The Samadhi Dance Company is a Netherlands-based contemporary dance company, famous for their unique presentation of devotion and fusion in dance. Original work by artistic director and founder Vraja Sundari Keilman is created and performed worldwide by high quality dancers of various backgrounds. The company is renowned for its collaborations with artists in other disciplines and their innovative fusion of various dance styles. The choice of music in particular has a major influence on the creation process of the productions. The contents of these productions are characterized by integrating knowledge of the ancient Vedas with Western art and dance techniques. The vocabulary of the company is based on contemporary ballet, with strong influences of Bharata Natyam (traditional Indian dance), yoga, theater, modern jazz, urban and classical ballet, to create a wider range of movements and surpass cultural boundaries. 

 

More about Samadhi Dance Company

Founded in 2007, the Samadhi Dance Company quickly captured the hearts of its international audiences by performing award-winning productions by a diverse and charismatic ensemble of dancers, presenting a profoundly physical and philosophical approach to movement, expression and theatrical dance. Emphasising the intention of the dancer in his or her movement, Sundari aims to free the performer of its physical identity to share the authentic expression of the soul, connecting with the viewer on a deeper, more universal level, creating a collective energy or in Sanskrit ‘rasa’ with the spectators. This ‘rasa’ aims to absorb both the viewer and performer to bring them into a state of ‘samadhi’, which means “to bring together, to merge.” In ‘samadhi’ our personal identity-name, profession, family history, etc. completely disappears. In the moment of ‘samadhi’ none of that exists anymore. Nothing separates us from the object of our choice; instead we blend and become one with it.

The Samadhi Dance Company is a small, independent company described by Bachtrack as a dance company “whose work brings a breath of fresh air to local theaters”, performed by dancers with an “unprecedented technical quality” (Dance Magazine). The company is celebrated as a genuine and devoted group of artistic individuals dedicated to contributing a healthy and wholesome approach to dance and performing arts in and outside of The Netherlands. 

Samadhi also provides regular educational dance classes for children, teens and young (semi) professional dancers at its award-winning dance academy known as the Balletschool Marut Jorquera based in Baarn. The academy currently counts 160+ students and is directed by sisters and leading dancers of the company Vraja Sundari, Rasarani and Sarada Sarita Keilman. In 2013 the academy was awarded with the Culture Award for its qualitative classes and diverse range of dance styles. The company and its academy have been acclaimed by local and national organizations for its valuable contribution to the Dutch dance scene, both in the performing field as in educational dance.

"The work of this Dance Company brings a breath of fresh air to local theaters”, performed by dancers with an unprecedented technical quality”

– Dance Magazine

"A blend of traditional Indian tales and contemporary elements that grabs people’s imagination and spreads feel-good vibes: a golden combination that defines the identity of Samadhi Dance Company"

– Writers of Bachtrack

Bhakti Without Borders - Shri Radhe by Madi Das - Featuring Chaytanya (Shrikalogy Remix)

'Samsara' Official Trailer | Samadhi Dance Company 2017

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