Ensemble Topaz and Noor Cultural Centre present Pomegranate Garden

Tickets $20 at Eventbrite


Ensemble Topaz and Noor Cultural Centre are proud to announce their joint presentation of Pomegranate Garden: An Evening of Central Asian Dance and Music, featuring Akmaral Kainazarova, a distinguished and internationally celebrated dancer from Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Toronto’s Ensemble Topaz, an integrated music and dance company which has performed at numerous events in Toronto, Ontario and abroad. This program will be hosted at the Noor Cultural Centre at 123 Wynford Drive in Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available for $20 through Eventbrite.

Pomegranate Garden will present performances of Central Asian traditions, with Kainazarova’s folk dances of Kazakhstan and Toronto’s own Ensemble Topaz presenting traditional and contemporary music and dances from Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran. The symbol of the pomegranate is widespread throughout art, poetry and music in Central Asian cultures, and Pomegranate Garden offers Toronto audiences a taste of some of the beauty of these cultures.

Renowned dance artist from Kazakhstan, Akmaral Kainazarova holds the title of Honored Worker (Artist) of the Republic of Kazakhstan, granted by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. She is uniquely a performer of both Kazakh traditional dance and Indian classical dance. Kainazarova studied Kazakh dance under celebrated teachers of Kazakhstan such as the Honored Worker (Artist) of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ms Aigul Tati, the leading  teacher of the Kazakh dance of Ballet College of Almaty, and Farida Aliyeva, who was the leading soloist of the Altynai Ensemble and herself a student of Ms G. Beisenova, the direct disciple  of the founder of the Kazakh dance in Kazakhstan, Ms Shara Zhienkulova. In 2004, Kainazarova became the first member of the International Dance Council from Kazakhstan within UNESCO in Paris and she is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She is the   winner of Gold medal and title Champion of the World 2003  in Hollywood, USA in the category of “ethnic dance” at Seventh World Championship of Performing Arts.

Kainazarova performs both Kazakh traditional dance, and classical Indian dance.  In 2006, she founded the Centre for Indian Classical Dances in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the first and only school for Indian Classical Dance in the country. On December 10, 2008 the Ministry of culture and information of the Republic of Kazakhstan awarded Akmaral Kainazarova the honor title and medal Madeniet Kairatkeri (“Representative of Culture”).

Ensemble Topaz is a Toronto-based music and dance compny dedicated to performing traditional and contemporary music and dance from South and Central Asian traditions, as well as an original fusion of arts from the Turkish, Klezmer and Romani heritages. Collectively conceived by dance artist Paromita Kar and composer Mike Anklewicz, Ensemble Topaz performs a variety of dance and musical traditions.

Ensemble Topaz has performed at numerous events in Toronto, Ontario and abroad. Highlight performances include the Toronto International Dance Festival (2018, 2017, 2016), Canada Day celebrations at Yonge-Dundas Square hosted by Community Folk Arts Council of Toronto (2018), Culture Bridge Festival (2018, 2017), Niagara Folk Arts Festival (2018),  Ontario Heritage Festival at Ontario Place (2017), Canadian National Exhibition International Stage (2016) , and Klezmer Brunch at the Free Times Cafe.

Ensemble Topaz recently performed the world premiere of a new music-dance collaborative work “Jashn-e-Shab” at the Dancemakers Studio Theatre in Toronto, as part of “Nightfall,” hosted by Nexus D9 and Kathak Bandi.  The Ensemble has also conducted several outreach and educational workshops with students and the public as part of Ontario Culture Days at the Toronto Public Library in 2016 and 2017, and presented a dance-music-costume exhibition for South Asian Homelands Festival at Toronto Public Library in 2018.