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 SAT NOV 17  Gateway Dance Theatre Gala Concert & Reception 

 celebrating 35 years

Saturday Nov 17,2007

Reception 6:30PM, Concert 7:30PM

Drake University Harmon Hall of Performing Arts

 2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Seating is limited.

Tickets $25 at the door, $20 for advance purchase and GDT members, group discounts for 10 or more at $18.00.  Tickets available on line at 515-277-3727,  and at Zanzibar Coffee 28th & Ingersoll, Zumi 42nd & University, India Star 56th and Douglas, Namaste India 75th & Douglas.

The event celebrating 35 years is a fund raising event to continue GDT's mission: to provide education, training and outreach programs to promote inter cultural awareness and an appreciation of diversity through professionally directed experiences.

The performance will premiere "Water is Life", a new work that uses the driving universal sound of  both Trilok Gurtu composer and master percussionist, and Ravi Shankar- their music that illustrates the common musical ground shared between the Indian and African cultures.  GDT explores the theme 'Water is Life' (to eii be ' iina at e) a Navajo saying, and a quote from Mahatma Gandhi ' this water is not only for me. It belongs to everyone - women, men, birds, animals, plants. It cannot be consumed greedily by one or few.'  GDT explores and expresses this theme - the Great Spirit/Creator that calms the turbulent water, the religious water rituals that use sanctified water, and working together to protect this life-giving element, water.  GDT will also revive the classic 1980 signature piece "Gospel Suite" expressing the emotions of African-American religious music. Juxtaposed with these two works is an eclectic mosaic mix - African inspired dance by the children's ensemble, India folk and classical dance, Middle East Egyptian dance  and  cross cultural live music by D.I.M.E. /Des Moines  Iowa Music Ensemble a group produced by GDT.  D.I.M.E. features Indian flute, jazz Saxophone and wind instruments, India and African drums, and flamenco guitar.

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Gateway Dance Theatre is a non-profit 501c-3 tax-exempt organization. Sponsors and memberships are welcomed. 

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updated Nov 1,2007

Events In 2007
Jan 4 
GDT workshop
Stretch and Move workshop - GDT studio 10AM-2PM Stretch & Warm up, Jazz Hip Hop, Flamenco, Argentine Tango

Jan 27  
I'll Make Me a World in Iowa at the Polk County Convention Center 5th and Grand 
GDT Performance 1:45Pm-2:05PM Washington Carver Stage ( Main Stage)
Hip Hop class: 10:30AM- 11:15 AM
Hip Hop Class: 2:30 PM- 3:15PM

Black History Month partnering with Sims School, Fort Worth, Texas. GDT Children's  group will share the dance  Fanga, a welcome dance from West Africa- Liberia. GDT children teach the Sims school children by video and live drums recording the steps and movement of the Fanga. Program ongoing until end of Feb, when Sims school children will perform  the dance and share their video.  Date to be announced.

Feb 13  
Grandview College - Multicultural Fair Student Center no admission charge
GDT Performance 12PM- 12:45PM

Feb 15  
Oakridge Early childhood Center- 4 classes for preschool children 9:30AM -   10:45AM           

Feb 19  
Smouse School, Smouse School 2820 Center Street Des Moines. 12:30-2:30PM
Far East Art Fair.  Workshop classes in Chinese dance.

Feb 24 
Vietnamese New Year Celebration at 7 Flags. GDT performs at 1:30 PM.
Vietnamese Des Moines high school students are rehearse at  GDT studio on Friday evenings.

Mar 3   
Gateway Dance Theatre invites you to
Mujhe Rang De
The Capitol Room, 315 East 5th Street, Des Moines, IA. 50309
An Indian club-style dance party celebrating the colors, music and joy of Holi!

Dance to DJ Raj's hottest desi tracks, bhangra beats and bollywood hits with live percussion by LeeMan Furgerson.

Mar 9
DMACC "Valuing Difference, Recognizing Similarities" In service for all DMACC faculty and staff. GDT performance at lunch.

Mar 12-16
Rolling Green Elementary School, Urbandale. Residency for Kg and Grade 1. Performance by students Fri Mar 16

Apr 9 
Van Meter School, Arts Enichment Program. Performance: 9:45 AM Karina Barone and GDT students. Workshop classes by Penny and "LeeMan" Furgerson, in movement and rhythms 1:10 - 2:30 PM for students 12-21,for  visually, auditory and physicially/mentally impaired Van Meter students.

Apr 10-13
Waukee Elementary School . GDT residency sponsored by Waukee PTO Fine Arts. Classes for all students will be availbable during the residency. Performance by students and GDT students on April 13 . 9AM for students upto 2nd Grade. 10AM for students upto 5th Grade.

Apr 15
"A Memorial and More" presented by Children and Family Urban Ministries(CFUM)".  3PM, Trinity United Methodist Church 1548 -8th St (8th and College). Free will offering. Proceeds to MLK Memorial and Child Voice International. GDT students perform

Earth Day, Metro Arts Alliance. Greenwood Park. GDT Performance 2:15-2:35PM. GDT's performance is a semi-classical Indian dance based on the elements of nature, and  a new presentation with Mikiel Williams on water.

April 26
Downtown Des Moines Art Center Exhibition Opening. Music entertainment provided byGDT-  cross cultural music of India and Jazz. Musicians Ambika Artheya, Lee Furgerson, Mike Pfaff, Sree Nilakanta, Ajmal Rahi, Mikiel A. Williams

May 12, Sat
10AM. Asian Heritage Festival 10AM-9PM Blank Park Zoo. Visit GDT tent in India Village. GDT performs 2:30-3PM  India Village entertainment Cultural Stage.

May 12. Sat
8PM Hair Ball, Des Moines Art Center. 8Pm-12AM. GDT dancers Khristi Blocton, Rachel Glaza models and 'Go Go " Dancers.
May 26, Sat
 4PM. Poojya Anantharam, Bharata Natyam Arangetam or Graduation Recital, Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark St, Ames,IA. Hema Sharma Student. 4PM Supported by GDT. Public is invited at no charge.

June 9, Sat
1-2PM. GDT & Botanical Center presents International Day, GDT Children's Ensemble performance 1-2PM followed by reception. Admission $4.00 adults,$2:00 seniors & students, free for children under 5 and Botanical center members.

4 PM. Haema Nilakanta, Gateway Dance Theatre and Hema Sharma student Bharata Natyam Arangetam or Graduation Recital. Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark St. Ames, IA. Supported by GDT. 4PM. Public is invited at no charge.

June 23, Sat
12:30-4PM. Hip Hop Workshop by Choreographer/Dancer Kenan Peters for children & adults. Early registration recommended, limited space.

July6-8, Fri - Sun
Mohini Attam Workshop
(Classical Dance from Kerala, India) by Dr. Kalamandalam Radhika., Bangalore, India. GDT Studio. Classes for children & adults. Early registration is recommeneded, limited space. See under Resource Google calendar  for details.

July 9-13 Mon-Fri
African and Haitian Dance Workshop
with Christian and Celia Bambara ,CCB Project
Traditional dance from Burkina Faso, West Africa. Traditional and contemporary Haitian dance styles and the warm –up include elements of Dunham, Horton, and Haitian techniques. Classes for children and adults. Early registration recommended, limited space. See under Resource Google calendar  for details.

July 26-29 Thu-Sun
India Folk Dance Workshop by Sarmistha Sarkar, Ahmedabad, India. Classes for children and adults. Early registration recommended, limited space. See under Resource Google calendar  for details.

July 30-Aug 3 Mon- Fri
Nritya School of Dance & Music Workshop, Kansas City, KS- Hema Sharma Director. GDT Guest Artists Penny and Lee Furgerson -Multicultural dance and Percussion. Early registration recommended, limited space.

Aug 2
Governor Conference on Public Health Barn Raising VI Celebrating Health Communities Conference ,Drake University. GDT Ensemble opens conference with processsional.

Aug 15
Iowa State Fair, Culutral Bldg.  "LeeMan" Furgerson and "LeeMan Riddims" 10AM &4PM

Sat Sept 8- Fri Sept 14
Sarmishta Sarkar, visiting artist from Ahmedabad. Special rehearsals and collaboration on new work "Water is Life" from a  Navojo saying. Premiere Nov.17 for Gala Performance.

Fri. Sept 14 10Am-10:45AM
Moulton School, 8th & College. "Glimpse of India through Dance and Song." Demonstration Performance. Sarmishta Sarkar, dance artist  from Ahmedabad, India  and Sonali Bhatewara, vocal   artist, Pune, India, guests with Gateway Dance Theatre, will share their artistry with Moulton Students, Des Moines Elementary School. GDT plans to make this an interactive experience.

Thurs.Sept 20 6:00-8:30PM
 African-American women's Leadership Conference," Laying the Spirit", Crowne Plaze , Cedar Rapids. History makers Gala Reception
Sat Sept 22 12:30PM
Diversity Fair  Walker Johnson Park, Urbandale, IA

September 27, Ramsey Hall
GDT  Kids ensemble performs

Fri Oct 5  Corinthian Church Fund "Taste of Excellence" with Simon EstesRaising event
First Assembly of God church, Merle Hay rd Hickman Rd

Sat Oct 6 Diabetes Walk 10AM
LeeMan Furgerson  percussionist starts the Diabetes  walk

Sun Oct 7 World Food Council 3-4PM

Sat Nov 10 Diwali (India Festival of Lights) Indo American Association Afternoon TBA
Kids ensemble and Hema Sharma students perform 

Sat Nov 17 7:30PM Drake University, Harmon Fine Arts Cneter
GDT GALA Reception and performance "moving to the rhythms of the world".  Celebrating 35 years, premiere of a new work " Water is Life".

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