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Samudra Dance Creations


The Earth Speaks

Date(s) & Time(s): Saturday May 30, 3:00 PM
Duration: 95 minutes without intermission
Location: Cowell Theater

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $18
Advanced: $27
At the Door: $30 

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Production Credits

Artistic DirectorJyotsna Vaidee
ComposerSnigdha Venkataramani
AuthorAlyssa Nickell
Light DesignerDanielle Ferguson


Funded in part by“Supported by Dancers’ Group’s CA$H grant program”




Work Sample


The Earth Speaks

"The Earth Speaks", an IZZIE nominated, critically acclaimed, dance and spoken word poetry production, reflects upon our interconnectedness to nature and the impact of climate change. Artistic Direction and Choreography by accomplished Indian Classical dancer Jyotsna Vaidee. This is a story of a woman, who is a metaphor for the earth. What would she say to all that is happening around her and to her with climate change! We have collaborated with Bay Area's talented Indian Classical dancers (Bharatanatyam), Indian Classical musicians, Western classical musicians and poets to create this original and unique work.

Samudra Dance Creations

Samudra Dance Creations was founded by experienced Bharatanatyam choreographer/dancer Jyotsna Vaidee. Samudra is a Sanskrit term literally meaning the "gathering together of waters.” As the name implies we enable collaborations among freelance/professional artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and create awareness around cultural/social issues. Samudra Dance Creations seeks to represent and empower the Indian community operating in a Diaspora environment and also seeks to engage mainstream. Samudra has presented at several prestigious festivals including San Francisco Arts Festival, the PushDance Fest and the Ragamala Music Society of Canada. Jyotsna Vaidee, the Artistic Director, advocates that the authentic technique of Bharatanatyam is a rich language that can be used to communicate and discover themes that are both traditional and contemporary. To that end Jyotsna has created a number of full length original choreographic productions including The Quest Unsaid, The Caged Birds Sings and Kaavyam: Poetry in Motion and most recently "The Earth Speaks".


Jyotsna Vaidee (Founder and Artistic Director)
Jyotsna Vaidee is a Bharatanatyam choreographer and dancer and the founder of Samudra Dance Creations. In addition to her choreographic work, Jyotsna is a well-established Bharatanatyam soloist who has immersed herself in the art for over 30 years. Her performances have received critical acclaim in India and North America. She is a regular performer at India's (Chennai) December dance and music season and has performed full length solo concerts known as "Margam" at reputed festivals including Kartik Fine Arts, Brahma Gana Sabha and many others. She has received several awards including Best Performer Award from the Parthasarathy Sabha, the title Nritya Shiromani in India and the prestigious Indo-Shastri Fellowship from Canada. In December 2019 she received the title "Natya Ratna" from the Trinity Arts Festival in Chennai. Jyotsna has always sought out rigorous training to perfect her art and is a disciple of world renowned Gurus Padma Bhushan Prof. C.V Chandrasekhar and abhinaya exponent Smt. Bragha Bessell. A multi-faceted personality she holds a Masters in Computer Engineering and is a Product leader with Google. She finds that ultimately creativity is the driving force that helps her excel at both art & technology.

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