July 12, 2019 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Asia House
63 New Cavendish St
Marylebone, London W1G 7LP
£8-10 [Free for students]

Join Akademi in the second of our Dance Dialogue series: Rukmini Vijayakumar, a noted Bharatanatyam artist and actor from India, in an artistic conversation with Vena Ramphal.

Akademi brings to you an exclusive partnering with eloquent Bharatanatyam artist and actor Rukmini Vijayakumar with Vena Ramphal a media celebrity, scholar and Bharatanatyam dancer.

This conversation will frame classical Indian dance and its relevance in a global contemporary context. Rukmini will share her experience in creating and touring work that adheres to traditional vocabulary while experimenting with context and presentation. This sumptuous pairing of two eminent women will be a warm and uplifting insight into a modern cultural India.

Produced by Akademi with support from Arts Council England and Asia House.

Who’s involved

Asia House is a centre of expertise on trade, investment and public policy. We drive political, economic and commercial engagement between Asia and Europe. Asia House supports a vibrant Arts and Learning programme – a creative hub for Asian arts and culture.

Rukmini Vijayakumar is a Bharatanatyam artist and actor. Rukmini is also the Director of the dance company Raadha Kalpa and the art space LshVa, in Bangalore, India. Having trained in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of renowned practitioners, Rukmini later graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Modern dance and Ballet and studied Human Anatomy and Physiology at the Boston University.

Vena Ramphal is a Dance and Wellbeing specialist. Trained in classical Indian dance Vena has performed for royalty, prime ministers and celebrities around the world. Her performances have featured on the BBC and Channel 4. In 2019 she launched ‘The Shape of Stillness: Dance and Wellbeing’ events to bring unforgettable experiences of wellbeing to public, private and corporate settings. Her next performance is on 24 July at the October Gallery.

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