Sponsor PhotoIn a joint release from Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP and the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, it was announced that the Hilton Garden Inn will be the presenting sponsor for the premier dance ensembles Nrityagram and Chitrasena from India and Sri Lanka. The Lively Arts will bring this production to Indiana on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

Angela Kellar, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP, shared, “The Hilton Garden Inn and CH Fields Craft Kitchen are thrilled to once again partner with the Lively Arts program to bring exciting, engaging performances to Indiana. Our community relationships are paramount, and we value being able to support the programs offered by IUP. We look forward to a bright future with the program and enjoying the show this spring!”

Curt Scheib, dean of Arts and Humanities at IUP, added, “We are tremendously grateful to the Hilton Garden Inn for their support of the Lively Arts and for being a sponsor of the performance by Nrityagram and Chitrasena. We recognize and celebrate them as one of our significant community partners as we work together to bring exciting arts events to the Indiana region.”

International dance imageOne of the premier Indian dance ensembles performing today, the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (pronounced NRI-thyuh-graam) has the unprecedented distinction of making the New York Times’ “Best Dance of the Year” list two consecutive years in a row (2015, 2016). More than a dance company, Nrityagram was founded as a Gurukula (school) devoted to Indian dance. The all-female ensemble’s daily life of intensive training and meditation brings to the stage compelling captivating performances that are at once sensual and lyrical.

To celebrate this partnership between IUP Lively Arts and the Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP, the coupon code “HGI24” will provide a $5 discount per ticket off the already reasonable ticket prices of $10–$20/ticket.  This means that a family of two adults and two children could enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment for only $40.  This coupon code may be entered online at checkout, or please mention the code “HGI24” if calling to receive $5 off/ticket.

The engagement is part of the 2023–24 Ovations series, IUP's premier performance series that includes touring artists and productions from around the globe.

Advance tickets can be purchased either online or by phone. Patrons who have questions or wish to purchase tickets by phone may call the Lively Arts office at 724-357-2787, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for assistance. There are no advance in-person ticket sales before the show.  However, any remaining tickets may be purchased in person one hour before the show at the door.

Press Quotes

  • “One of the most extraordinary dance events of the year…The only proper response to dancers this amazing is worship.” The New York Times
  • “These are among the world’s greatest dancers.” The New York Times
  • “So beguiling, you resist blinking in case you miss a moment!” The Herald
  • "Nrityagram’s mastery of movement and spiritual depth are profound. Excuse my insistence, but if you love dance, you must see this company in action.” Mikhail Baryshnikov