Inspired by tales from "The Jungle Book," Jangala is a fun, fast-paced, and family-friendly performance mixing ballet and Bharatanatyam and danced to an all-Indian musical score. Including guest performances by San Francisco Bharatanatyam company Nava Dance Theatre and Nadhi Thekkek.
Fusing contemporary ballet with south Indian classical bharatanatyam dance, Jangala follows the story of Mowgli, a lost boy who is adopted by a pack of wolves and must use his wits to survive in the wild.
Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s version of Kipling’s classic tale is set in an urban city, complete with disco nightclubs, construction sites, and junkyards inhabited by feral dogs and features an all Indian music score including classical ragas, bhangra, and folkloric music from across India.
Created in collaboration with master bharatanatyam dancer and teacher Renuku Srinivasan of the Tala Shruti Dance School, Jangala’s combination of classical Indian dance and modern ballet, makes this an exciting and innovative performance that is enjoyable for adults and children alike.