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Dance Like No One's Watching

creator/playwright
Munish Sharma
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Conceived and performed by Munish Sharma and created by Munish Sharma, Richard Wolfe and Anita Majumdar, Dance Like No One's Watching is a celebration of movement, with an invitation to find connection in a moment of uncomplicated happiness. After over a year of separation and isolation, it's time to come together and re-learn what it means to be united by the simple joy that comes from moving our bodies together to good music.

Get silly, have fun, and shake it. Keep an eye on our Instagram (@pi.theatre) for some sneak peaks of Munish gettin' his groove on in places that range from a rose garden to a skytrain station!

Dance Like No One's Watching is a 20 minute pop-up and will be happening in parks around the city! Here's where/when you can catch us. We'll pop-up at some point within the time frames listed below:

July 23rd: China Creek (North) Park between 5:30pm - 7pm, Mount Pleasant Park between 6:30pm - 8pm

July 24th: China Creek (North) Park between 4:30pm - 6pm, David Lam park between 5:30pm - 7pm, Mount Pleasant Park between 6:30pm - 8pm

July 25th: J. Rodgers park between 2:30pm - 4pm

July 30th: Mount Pleasant Park between 5:30pm - 7pm, Sunset Beach between 6:30pm - 8pm

July 31st: Jericho Beach and Kits Beach between 5:30pm - 7pm, Sunset Beach between 7pm - 8pm

August 1st: Kits Beach between 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Munish Sharma, busting a move. Photo by Richard Wolfe.

Some words from Munish on his love for dance, and what inspired him to create this piece:

"Dance Like No One's Watching is inspired by the need for connection. There is a beautiful feeling of having people come together and dance, and though it's fun alone it's better together. With the challenges of the pandemic, I wanted to create something that reminds us that we can be around each other once again. That we can connect without it being digital."

"My love for dance has a few layers. Obviously, thefirst layer is that it is fun. It's wonderful to get up a move and be in yourbody and feel present. The second layer is spiritual; there is a magic aboutdance that is more than just dance-moves and looking cool. There is a blissthat comes with it that can only be felt when you fully give in to the joy ofit. The final layer is medicine; it heals me, it uplifts me. When I am sad, Idance. When I feel angry, I dance. When I am happy, I dance. Dance to me isabout the act and never the outcome. This piece is part of a three-partjourney, Dance Like No One's watching, Danceboy, and My Birth and ManyDeaths."

About the performer/creator:

Munish Sharma is an actor, writer, and dancer. Originally from Regina, SK, Munish has called Vancouver home for over a decade. He is currently one of the Artistic Associates at Pi Theatre and is excited to be producing his first show with his mentor Richard Wolfe.  Munish currently in the midst of cultivating a few shows. His second show, Danceboy was featured during the 2020 Tremors Festival presented by Rumble Theatre and will be showcased in the Surrey POP festival on Aug 27 and 28.

Danceboy is in its final stages and will begin its journey to full Production. Munish is also fortunate enough to be part of Boca del Lupo's SLam Leadership Program where he has begun working on his third piece, My Birth and many Deaths. A few career highlights include a Jessie Nomination for his work in The Invisible Hand for Pi Theatre in 2016 and winning Pick of the Fringe at the Vancouver Fringe in 2015  Mrs. Singh and Me- his first playwriting credit.  Recent credits: A Thousand Splendid Suns (Arts Club), The Orchard (After Chekhov) (Arts Club), The Matchmaker (Arts Club); All’s Well that Ends Well (Bard on the Beach); Bombay Black (Raghupriya Arts and Culture); Victim Impact (Theatre Conspiracy). Instagram @munisharma.com

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