Bollywood Dance Scene is pleased to present MinneUtsav, the first ever Bollywood Performing Arts Festival in Minnesota. This multi-week event features “Love You Zindagi”, a full-length dance drama production; Bollywood to the Max, a fashion show featuring Indian designs; BollyProv, a South-Asian-focused improv comedy show; as well as other workshops and performances throughout the week. Taken from the root of the Dakotan word “Minnesota” and the Hindi word for festival, “Utsav”, MinneUtsav celebrates all things Bollywood in the Twin Cities in a family-friendly fashion!
Love You Zindagi: Bollywood movie style dance drama
When Aisha moves to Minneapolis from India, she faces not only new challenges but also old difficulties she’d hoped to leave behind. In the midst of settling into a new marriage and culture, Aisha must navigate her creeping depression and budding relationships. This 90 minute dance drama features both toe-tapping choreographies, memorable characters, and a heartfelt look at mental illness in the South Asian community.
BollyProv: Bollywood-inspired improv comedy
BollyProv is a Bollywood-inspired improv group that debuted at Improvathon 2016. The team that consists of Kya Fischer, Madhu Bangalore, and Divya Maiya will be bringing a flavor of Bollywood movies to improv. Like any Bollywood movie, there will be unnecessary drama, cheesy romance and a lot of laughter. BollyProv is a part of Bollywood Dance Scene, a local non-profit organization that promotes cultural diversity through dance.
Improvisational theatre, often called improv or impro, is the form of theatre, often comedy, in which most or all of what is performed is unplanned or unscripted: created spontaneously by the performers. In its purest form, the dialogue, action, story, and characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds in present time, without use of an already prepared, written script.
Bolly to the Max : Fashion Show + Dance Party
Bollywood to the Max may be the hottest event of the festival! Over thirty models (local community members transformed into Bollywood gods and goddesses) will take the ramp surrounded by background dancers. Designs will feature a collection of Indian and South Asian fashion from local designers and Target designers. A cash bar will be available, as well as a dinner with the additional purchase of a meal ticket (Dinner ticket $10 available for purchase at the venue) . Come dressed ‘to the nines’ for this event!