Treacherous, Amorous, Joyous | TAJ is an Emotional Rollercoaster Ride through Culture & History

Posted by Jocelyn Gan & filed under Dance, Pop Culture, Theatre.

Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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Who would have thought a lesson in history could leave you glued to your seat? And no, its not because you’re falling asleep!

Everyone knows of the Taj Mahal, and its symbolism as a monument to undying love, but not many know the human (hi)story behind the creation. Presented in the universal language of dance,TAJ — a dance-theatre production by Toronto’s Sampradaya Dance Creations — has captivated audiences with its emotional portrayals of the main characters behind the monumental structure. Starring international performance star Kabir Bedi and acclaimed Canadian actress Lisa Ray the production features kathak dance choreography performed by dancers from Canada, U.K. and India.

The story moves seamlessly across generations and weaves an intricate tale of love, jealousy, deception and power struggles through theatre, dance and music. Background knowledge of the Taj Mahal is not necessary as the cast takes the audience on an emotional journey showcasing the human side of history. While the celebrity of the stars can be the initial appeal of the production, it is the quality of performance and complexity of the story that keep the viewers rooted in their seats until the very end.

Artistic direction from TAJ creator Lata Pada, supported by Governor General’s Award Winning playwrite John Murrell and Dora-winning opera director Tom Diamond, lays the foundation for the story. It is the performers who map out a route to navigate South Asian culture and history with the universally understandable language of movement, music and emotion.

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