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Experience love as transformation — Chicago’s leading Indian dance theater company brings alive this timeless folktale about respect for nature. Set to an original score that includes world music, The Flowering Tree weaves the story of a young girl, Kumudha, and her sisters, who are ostracized by their community for being poor. Kumudha is given a mantra from the heavens that alleviates her sufferings and allows her to turn into a beautiful flowering tree. Reciting the mantra with respect and sanctity, Kumudha can become herself again, but the world around her takes advantage of her powerful gift. As she transforms, so do we.
Natya Dance Theatre is rooted in Bharata Natyam, one of the great dance theater forms of India. Natya takes us through a journey in The Flowering Tree using dynamic body movement, rhythmic footwork, hand gestures and facial expressions to convey meaning and emotion that create rasa, the aesthetic experience that spiritually transforms audiences.
Tickets for The Flowering Tree are $50, $35, $24. Special VIP Post Performance Reception Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 312.334.7777. The $125 Reception ticket includes a performance ticket in the best seats in the house and a $75 tax deduction.