Some people may think that Indiana and other Midwestern states lack culture. If the forthcoming calendar of events for the Palladium, located in Carmel, is anything to go by, this couldn't be further from the truth. President and CEO of the Palladium, Tania CastroverdeMoskalenko makes her mission of bringing international acts to Indiana clear in launching a new World Stage Series. "The world is changing. I think we need more awareness of the world around us. The Carmel area is becoming an increasingly international place. I've met people from all over the world here," she says. "I think this is the perfect new series to help celebrate the community that we live in!"
The Coca Cola World Stage Series will feature an eclectic series of performances such as Tao: The Martial Art of Drumming, the Hungarian State Folk Dance Ensemble, and Mariza, a three-time Grammy nominated Fado singer.
The Palladium, opened in 2011, is an alluring venue that has already hosted artists of every kind and nationality but Moskalenko is particularly passionate about the new World Stage Series. "I've always believed that the arts are a very non-threatening way to learn about other cultures," she says, "I really think that music, dance, and the creative arts in general are a perfect way to become acquainted with other cultures."
Though these won't be the first international artists to grace the Palladium stage, every show has been specially chosen for their foreign appeal. "We have presented artists from different parts of the world before," Moskalenko says, "But there has never been such a focus on world music and dance. With these performances we are attempting to engender a deeper understanding of these art forms by presenting artists who have a deserved international reputation in their field."
The artists showcased in the World Stage Series were very carefully selected with that in mind. "I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to present some of these artists in another performing arts center in Tennessee," Moskalenko says. "They represent the best there is, and the bar is very high for all of these artists."
Moskalenko feels that this series may have more to offer than just culture, as well. "Employees from big companies are coming here from many parts of the world. This type of art and performances is so valuable for these employees. If you're not from here, you can feel isolated. You might feel like your country is not represented in any way," she says. "To bring in artists from all over the globe can truly help people feel more accepted."
The days when central Indiana residents were only concerned with local issues are long gone. Thanks to events like the ones featured at the Palladium, we have increased exposure to international artists who are skilled in art forms previously unseen in Indiana venues.
The World Stage Series will be a showcase not to miss.