Upcoming Events

- Newyork Event -

6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Our speaker Krystal Kiranhas led a life that has been as multi-faceted as her art is today. 

Born and raised in Penticton, British Columbia, from a family of Punjabi immigrants who came to Canada in the late 1960’s, they were farmers by trade. Krystal’s drive to dive into the performing arts was therefore both culturally atypical, and quite a break from family tradition.

As Krystal muses, it was no surprise, given the cultural background that there weren’t any performing artists she knew on the maternal or paternal side she could draw on as role models, but she suspects perhaps there might have been “closet artists” among them, yearning to express their inner muse.

Krystal became the youngest South Asian woman to ever appear on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams. The path from youthful longing to prominence was fraught with many twists and turns, and she will share with us the need to craft a personal vision and live into it through the combination of 1) understanding our unique abilities 2) understanding where we can contribute best and 3) being seenin the process.

As a young girl with a stuttering problem, now a radiant presence on the stage, it’s been quite a journey, to most recently, inadvertently, as an already established dancer and singer, being invited to be in a lead dramatic role in a Shaw play at The Shaw Festival of Canada, the second largest repertory theater in North America. Krystal will speak about how she has had to relentlessly re-invent herself and say YES to opportunities she did not necessarily understand, and which certainly did not have safety nets attached.

She will also share with us the bursary she has set up, in response to the tragic death of a South Asian model and actor from domestic violence, to offer support and opportunities for young Asian girls seeking to go into the arts.

Now, fusing West and East, bringing some of the dramatic and musical traditions of India here to North America, Krystal will also tell us of her exciting upcoming projects, one of which will build on and indirectly leverage the fascinating synergy between George Bernard Shaw and Rabindranath Tagore (they had a fascinating meeting in 1930 – oh, to have been a fly on that wall!).

Krystal’s talk will highlight childhood longing, the sculpting of a life path at odds with cultural traditions, creating our footing and finding our voice, and then the benefits of throwing yourself into a deep immersion in opportunities, possibilities and creative challenges. Along the way, we’ll get a fascinating insight into how the world of the arts operates, and perhaps how we can also help support it in these challenging times.

Our Speaker: Krystal Kiran

An internationally renowned performing artist, choreographer and educator, Krystal Kiranwas the youngest South Asian woman to perform on a Broadway stage.

She studied ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre and vocal studies while simultaneously studying Indian voice and dance. She began teaching at her home town dance studio where she was also a student, at the age of 15. 

She attended the Randolph College of the Performing Arts in Toronto, and while there, auditioned for a Broadway show on an open call. At 19 she made her debut in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams(in the dance ensemble and as the primary understudy for the female lead). 

Since then Krystal’s career as actor, singer, dancer, choreographer has spanned theatre, film, television and more. She was lead singer/soloist on Academy and Grammy award winning composer AR Rahman’s Jai Ho World Tour, West Side Story, Lord of the Ringsand most recently originated the role of Saroj Rai in Mira Nair’s stage adaptation of Monsoon Wedding

Her TV/Film credits include Private Eyes, Minority Report, Workin’ Moms, Hemlock Grove, Hairspray, the Love Guruand many more.

In addition to her many choreography credits, she has served as a juror for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Canadian Screen Awardsand as a judge on India’s first and longest running reality dance television show, Boogie Woogie for Sony Asia.

Krystal is the founder of the Maple Batalia Memorial Scholarship for the Arts, she mentors emerging artists and teaches dance/movement/yoga in marginalized communities from children to the elderly, including those with disabilities. She also guest teaches in world class institutions like The Joffrey Ballet, Steps on Broadway, Pineapple Studiosand more. Her company House of Kiran produces her own projects and ventures.

She is currently working with the Shaw Festival where she was recently seen in lead roles in Shaw’s Of Marriage and Menand an adaptation of The Orchard(directed by Ravi Jain), and is developing exciting new programming for the Festival in 2019 and 2020.

The Tasting: Understanding Salon and Delamotte with Didier Depond

We will be joined by the esteemed Didier Depond, President of these marvelous Champagne houses. Salon is one of the rarest Champagnes in the world, producing only vintage Blanc de Blancs, from one village only, a grand cru, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Since it’s inception in 1911, there have been only 40 vintages of Salon, and we will have the privilege of tasting a number of radiant examples, both during our tasting and then at dinner.

Whenever Salon does not “declare” a vintage, the highest quality grapes are used to produce Delamotte, again highly Chardonnay based. Now both are owned by Laurent Perrier, but since the 20thcentury, there have been familial relations between the two houses.

Both of these wines have vivid acidity and benefit from age. We will also get marvelous exposure to Delamotte’s Blanc de Blancs as well as other cuvees during the tasting, and then over dinner. Though often considered the “second sister,” Delamotte, while intended to be more accessible, is made from grapes primarily from its own vineyard, as well as Salon wines, adding to its prestige. When Eric Asimov did a blind tasting in 2012 of 30 Blanc de Blancs, Delamotte took the prize, setting off a frenzy of intrigued reconsideration.

Didier will guide us through our exploring as he pours for us his passion, and gives us insight into these properties he has led and insightfully stewarded for almost two decades.

The Dinner: Buoyant Benoit!

Chef Laetitia Rouabah continues to excel, creating marvelously sophisticated, beautifully composed cuisine at Alain Ducasse’s Benoit. The upstairs dining area is a “separate universe” of culinary imagination and excellence.

She and her team are conjuring a menu to marry both with the marvelous Champagnes being poured, and with some of the enticing Burgundies that will accompany our dinner.

As this is a “guest” event, we encourage you to invite candidates, guests, family, to enjoy this marvelous occasion.