June 17-26, 2016
Viking Theatre, Grand View University
2411 East 14th, Des Moines, IA
Shakuntala, tells the story of a young woman, Shakuntala, who is raised in a secluded sanctuary and falls in love with a monarch, King Dushyanta, whom she meets in the forest. Kalidasa is regarded as the greatest Sanskrit poet and dramatist and Shakuntala is considered his masterpiece.
In 1789, it became the first Indian play to be translated into a western language. Shakuntala’s love story has endured through the ages, spreading through Europe and other continents, with adaptations in various languages as dance/dramas and operas – traditional and contemporary.
GDT's innovativeadaptation features a multicultural approach that takes advantage of an ethnically diverse cast by fusing various art forms. Shakuntala is a perfect example of GDT's visiion, which aims at integrating and enhancing the arts scene.
For more information visit the Gateway Dance Theatre Web page.
Fashion show then followed by the presentation of the Village Award.
Youth APIA leaders that will best represent their culture, beauty, intelligence and talent.
Winner gets the CelebrAsian Scholar Title and a $1,000 scholarship.
Must be a High School Senior up to a Junior in College and of Asian heritage by at least one parent.
Candidate must show their dedication to Community Service, education and their culture.
Be A Legacy for Tomorrow.
The Valley High School Lion Dancers have been a regular performance act at CelebrAsian for several years. Their performances are always a big hit, especially with the kids!
The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana.
Kendo is the art of Japanese fencing. "Ken", or tsurugi, is from the character meaning sword. The character for "Do", or michi, includes the meaning way or path which translates as "The way of the sword". A path in life which is followed through the training of kendo.
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The Eagle Claw system is over 900 years old. It is a traditional system that is taught in a step by step approach like the great masters of the past taught. It is know for its locks, holds, sweeps and is one of the most complete kung fu system that is available today. Many famous teachers and students are known in it, including Bruce Lee. We teach the Wu Tai Chi system which was introduced to Eagle Claw in the Chin Woo association. The two go hand to hand in philosophy and practice. The traditional forms teach an enormous amount of techniques for balance, physical ability, control and of coarse self defense techniques that were proven on the battle field.
For more information, go to the Eagle Claw Kung Fu Website.
Featuring the Indian Village.
For the past decade, Gimikk has been rockin' venues in Des Moines and the surrounding area, earning their reputation as "The Best Party Band in Des Moines". Gimikk's high energy performance and amazing musical skills are topped off by the entertaining and charismatic persona of lead singer, James Brinker.