Through dance, live music and stunning visuals and films, Bollywood Boulevard creates a live 3D film experience on stage, taking audiences on a journey though over 100 years of Hindi cinema. Through hallmark songs and dance, Bollywood Boulevard captures the artistry, spirit, grandeur, and impact of an industry that has millions of fans across the globe. As the show moves from the era of black and while films to today, the music, costumes, choreography, and artwork reflect the essence of each time period.
Bollywood Boulevard will have audiences falling in love with the vibrance, emotions, and heart-pounding beat that inspires the world’s largest entertainment industry.
Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema, created by MELA Productions in association with Aaditaal Music Project, is commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors in association with The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and The Jay and Linda Grunin Center.
Bollywood Boulevard premiered on August 3, 2017 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
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The production was visually stunning. The costumes, the dancing, the video, and the lights were well coordinated and when combined looked amazing. There were times when I felt I was watching a big budget Broadway extravaganza with many set changes.
It was exuberantly performed, colorful and entertaining– wonderfully nostalgic too, I’m sure, for audience members of the Indian diaspora.
Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Dance Critic
Absolutely incredible! I was singing along to all the songs and it was moving to see my mother re-love so many moments from history.
A lively and insightful capsule history of Indian cinema as well as a revealing immersion in cinematic cross-pollination and playful mass movement.
New York Music Daily
RESIDENCY ACTIVITIES for BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
There are plethora of outreach and residency activities that can go along with the performance including, but not limited to:
Film screening of iconic Bollywood films and/or a mini Bollywood film festival
Talk on Hindi cinema for film studies or general public (we have a list of potential speakers if needed);
Bollywood dance lesson taught by local Indian dance company or the show‘s dance cast
Flash mob or flash performance by Indian dance company as precursor event
Plethora of talks that can be done in different departments like women’s studies, anthropology, and more
Rhythms of Bollywood – music workshop on the changing sounds of Bollywood through the lens of rhythm
MELA works with presenters to create customized residencies that incorporate local partners and organizations, and maximize the local and regional resources available.