The Art of Collaboration

Collaboration. It is beautiful, exciting and exhausting. There are already so many logistics to deal with within the company

Emeryville Taiko drummers featured in "America's got Bollywood," Spring Showcase 2013

Emeryville Taiko drummers featured in “America’s got Bollywood,” Spring Showcase 2013

so why encourage collaboration even though it requires tremendous coordination, more people who need to be on the same page, extra time and a lot more effort? Because there is something so very unique and extremely special that comes out of the interaction of several visions.

At Mona Khan Company, we are constantly working with guest instructors, guest choreographers, musicians and production artists, besides the people who consist of the company team. Each person brings his or her individual ideas. Whether it is Holly Johnston’s Contemporary Dance workshop that forces you to re-evaluate how you perceive dance and social behavior, or Shannon Hanly’s choreography that pushes you beyond your physical limits, you glean something new from these diverse perspectives.

"The Kingdom of Pop" choreographed by Shannon Hanly, "America's Got Bollywood", Spring Showcase 2013

“The Kingdom of Pop” choreographed by Shannon Hanly, “America’s Got Bollywood”, Spring Showcase 2013

From that moment where we, as part of the Mona Khan Company creative team, start brain-storming over endless cups of chai, to the end result where various artists re-interpret our original thoughts, something amazing happens, where the idea takes a life of its own. It transforms and flourishes. So from that initial germ of thought you have this piece of art, that has been shaped by so many creative minds.

Partner Yoga Workshop

Partner Yoga Workshop

The other aspect of collaboration that is truly wonderful is the fact that you can learn from one another, different ways of working and perceiving, of creating and problem-solving. Yes, there are conflicts of ideas, crazy schedules that refuse to match up and the stress of bringing together so many artists in one space. But in the end, it all makes sense! When we watch the show coming together, all we can say is “that’s why!”

This showcase the Mona Khan Company team is truly excited to work with guest choreographers Shannon Hanly & Jeanette Male, Partner Yoga teachers Vidya & Keoni, live musicians and new production artists to create magic on stage in “America’s Got Bollywood“, Fall Showcase 2013. Come experience the art of collaboration!


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