Taal (rhythm), Ang (movement), and Abhinaya (expression) - Natalia integrates the three elements of Kathak, a classical dance from North India, together with other world dance forms such as Latin folk dances and contemporary dance to create new aesthetics from the stylistics of traditional techniques to the dynamism of the contemporary themes and aesthetics. Rooted in a multi-ethnic background and trained in a variety of international dance styles since childhood - Natalia now shares her art forms with audiences internationally through performance, poetry, choreography, activism and teaching. Her inspiration continuously grows in art's ability to transcend cultural barriers and as a means of raising awareness on social justice issues such as gender violence, interfaith harmony, racial justice, and more.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
All Edinburgh Theatre
"Natalia Hildner’s Kathak dancing as the older version [of Umrao Jaan] is spectacular"
The Guardian Newspaper
"Her performance, delicately lyrical interplay of gaze and gesture..."
of Indian Studies Fellowship
Review Committee (2008)
"She has an enormous breadth of technique and expression, illustrating what in Urdu is called "deceptive ease" (ada) - making the difficult look effortless. She shows an obvious delight in her dancing, she take us with her. Her dancing utilizes her body, hands, feet, and face with equal grace, expressiveness, and lyricism."
Pulse Magazine (2014)
"She performed extempore abhinaya [improvised storytelling]...and in the days of amped-up spectacle...the presentation was refreshing in its directness...this potential vulnerability only served to draw in the audience who were visibly left wanting more by the end "
The Hindu Newspaper
"Natalia dances with a clean Kathak profile without the slightest intrusive fidget in her focused movements. Teentaal (16-beat rhythm cycle) was executed with accurate grace sans flamboyance. The ghazal (expressional piece)...subtely captured the Moghul court ambience."