- Main Stage @ The Spanda (map)
- Geoffrey Bolton Avenue
- Perth, WA, 6000
In olden times, the ancient gypsy tribes from Rajasthan, India celebrated the art of sharing tales through singing and dancing. These storytellers known as Kathakars travelled throughout Asia into the Middle East - sharing their art across foreign lands - creating a new amalgam that eventually became Flamenco. The passion of the flamenco dancer’s feet is matched in the precision of the footwork and the hundred bells of a kathak dancer’s ankles. Shivering and shaking with the response to the body on fire with the stories of love, the dancers draw you into feeling that fire within. So watch in awe and let your hearts be warmed, as the flames of vitality and beauty from the flamenco mingle with the eloquent grace and precision of kathak – both, with their Feet on Fire.
Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) was established by our founder the late Swami Shantanand Saraswati (Swamiji) to expand the scope of the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) to promote art and culture in various forms, and knowledge in general, with the same ethos of ‘art for art's sake’ and service to the community through the arts and culture.
Since 1981, TFA had been instrumental in spreading Indian art and culture by organising festivals and producing and presenting world-renowned Indian artistes in performance and workshop structures. SMV has taken up this mantle, and offers classes performing arts, in the dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, folk and Bollywood, and music classes in Carnatic (South Indian) vocal, veena, tabla, sarod, harmonium, piano and guitar. Expanding in its capacity, it has also been running classes in visual art, languages, and Indian and Asian vegetarian cooking, including cooking classes for the visually impaired.
SMV has also organised and hosted many events around Perth, such as Swan Festival of Lights and Culture Box at Beaufort and concerts by world-class artistes like Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Dr. L Subramaniam and extending into intercultural exchange with artists like African/American dancer and choreographer Olivier Tarpaga.
As part of SMV’s dedication to promote harmony through culture, SMV has worked with various cultural groups to produce collaborative works, as well as providing studio space for other cultural groups and artistes to conduct their classes. Its black box theatre is also an official venue for events such as the Fringe World Festival.
Casa Del Compas was formed by Spanish-born Farida Rabih. A
professional flamenco dancer for the past 21 years, Farida has been a member ofa number of Flamenco groups including Alegrias, Encanto and Flamenco Puro.
Farida has performed in numerous community, corporate and theatre productions and events throughout WA with top local musicians including Steve Richter, Jose Giraldo and Manolo Muñoz and with international artists including Francesca Grima, Andrej Viujicic and Clarisa Di Salvo. Farida has also featured in KULCHA's ongoing multicultural programme.