Akademi at 40 | Invitation for submissions

Mar 28, 2019

Calling all creatives! Have you got a brilliant creative idea? A piece of work that is revolutionary? An excellent classical repertoire that you want to share? The desire to work across art forms? Then we would like to hear from you.

Akademi will mark its 40th anniversary with an ambitious, artist led, year-long programme of celebratory events, showcasing the breadth of its work and highlighting South Asian dance talent associated with Akademi’s history.

Involving a wide range of stakeholders, Akademi is handing the artistic reins to freelance guest directors and curators for this programme. Focusing on retrospective, current and future-facing concepts, this programme will support local talent in a range of London based events.

All successful proposals will result in paid opportunities for artists in this year of activity. We seek proposals from all fields – this could include dancers, poets, musicians, academics, visual artists, teachers, choreographers etc.

This call out focuses on three main events that will be held at the Southbank Centre, British Museum and Rich Mix.

Make an application

Each event will include multiple performances and therefore proposed projects should have minimal tech requirements.

Performance fees will vary and will be based on experience. ITC/EQUITY rates will apply.

For further questions please contact info@akademi.co.uk with ‘Akademi at 40 Submissions’ in the subject line.

Deadline: Thursday 18 April, 5pm.

The events

Southbank Centre

29 September 2019

Akademi, in partnership with the Southbank Centre, will be holding a triple bill of dance for one night only at the Purcell Room.

We are looking for bold, exciting and thought-provoking South Asian dance performances that are innovative and show-ready. Proposals must be well-thought-out and present a relevant and topical work.

Rich Mix

25 & 26 October 2019

An ambitious and first of its kind festival where young British Asian arts practitioners will take over Rich Mix for two days, celebrating South Asia’s rich artistic heritage and embracing fresh perspectives of locally nurtured talent.

This festival will encompass daytime lecture-demonstrations and workshops for artists, offering insights into process, collaboration and the integration of different artistic disciplines. The evenings, open for audiences, will include dance performances, eclectic cabarets, creative club nights, and an open stage for extempore spoken word.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Marketing, production and technical support
  • Professional photographs following the event
  • Video documentation of the work
  • The opportunity to platform your work at Rich Mix
  • Inclusion in a cohort of emerging artists in South Asian dance

Akademi seeks proposals for projects to be presented alongside curated content for our Rich Mix Festival. Proposals should respond to the following:

British south asian dance since 1979

Pitch your idea for a retrospective British South Asian Dance lecture that can include film, performance, revival or restaging. Proposals should be for up to 30 mins of material that reflect on the history of South Asian Dance in London since 1979. 3 projects will be selected.

Cabaret Commissions

Propose works of 10-15 minutes for a cabaret setting and a cross-disciplinary line up. The more scandalous, audacious, arty, playful and mischievous the better! 4 projects will be selected.

Designing Dances Workshop Leader

Akademi seeks a dance practitioner to facilitate a workshop on translating ideas into movement. This workshop should involve practical, task-based exercises and lead participants in responding to stimuli as a catalyst for choreography.

British Museum

15 November 2019

Calling classically trained professional South Asian Dance Artists!

Akademi is partnering with the British Museum to host a unique event in celebration of our 40th Anniversary on the 15 November 2019. We seek expressions of interest from classical Indian dancers to perform repertoire in response to the South Asian Collection displayed at the museum’s Hotung Gallery.

The artists will:
Take part in a personal tour led by Sushma Jansari
• Perform in an exclusive event in the Hotung Gallery to be live-streamed online
• Perform and interact with the public in the gallery
• Take part in an Akademi 40th Anniversary photoshoot held at the British Museum