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Ocean of Light 

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an international dance collective presents Ocean of Light to remember the losses from both the flood and the tsunami that affected south Asian countries from Indonesia to India on Dec. 26, 2004. New York's Battery Dance Company collaborated with New Orleans' Happensdance and dancers from India to create the piece. The choreography animates the grace, beauty and power of water and the oceans, set to a mix of Eastern music and chants as well as jazz. Ocean of Light premiered at the Downtown Dance Festival in New York City on Aug. 25th and is now coming to New Orleans for two performances, the first of which is part of the Contemporary Arts Center's Aug. 29th Remembering and ReBirth program, which will also feature the Rebirth Brass Band. Local dancers include Jeanne Jaubert, J Hammons, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse and Nicole Boyd. The project was conceived by Battery Dance's Jonathan Hollander and Dr. Sanjay Doddamani, a medical doctor who also serves as a liaison to the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The Indian performers bring both traditional and modern dance forms to the work. CAC event $5 members, $10 non-members. Tulane performance is free. --Will Coviello

6 p.m. Tue., Aug 29

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; or

7 p.m. Wed., Aug. 30

Tulane University, Dixon Hall;

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