September 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Purcell Room
Southbank Centre
South Bank, London SE1
£12 - £15

Cross spiritual and physical borders in South Asian dance works by three female choreographers: Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri and Gauri Sharma Tripathi.

Eve Rising, a solo choreographed by Mayuri Boonham, is a tribute to the courage and power of women. Understated dance pairs with sublime post-minimalist music to shine a new creative light on the expressive vocabulary of Bharatanatyam. The piece is performed by Archana Ballal to Peter Garland’s Apple Blossom, with music from a Royal Birmingham Conservatoire percussion ensemble including Andrew Woolcock, a BBC Young Musician for 2016.

Sonia Sabri’s Spill, performed by Sabri herself, expresses a determination to break free from society’s narrow perceptions and be free from negativity and restriction. Inspired by Sufi philosophy and religious ritual, Sabri uses the intricate language of Kathak dance to express the yearnings of the soul in a call to celebrate, to overflow with love, compassion, humility and fearlessness.

The evening also premieres Silhouette – The Borderline, a group piece performed by artists from ANKH Dance exploring the multiple challenges women across the world face in reaching and crossing borders. With roots in Indian classical and influences from theatre and contemporary dance, this is the newest work from choreographers Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Ashley Lobo, and is set to Niraj Chag’s music inspired by African rhythms and percussion.

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Who’s involved

Mayuri Boonham is a choreographer, Bharatanatyam artist and the Founder of ATMA Dance. Working with multi-skilled performers and artists, Boonham creates cross-disciplinary work that has a truly omni-cultural appeal for a variety ofsettings and audiences. Organisations to commission her work include the Royal Ballet; Royal Opera; Channel 4; BBC; British Council India; GemArts; The Place and Pavilion Dance South West.

Sonia Sabri is a British born Kathak dancer and choreographer. Creating work that spans from the presentation of classical North Indian Kathak to explorations of contemporary approaches, her productions reflect an appreciation of Indian and British culture. She has created a fresh, unique style of Kathak by reinventing it from within, by pushing boundaries and generating work that is original in concept and exciting and relevant to today’s audiences. 

Gauri Sharma Tripathi has trained in the classical tradition of Kathak, under the guidance of her Guru and mother, Padma Sharma. Under her company, Amara Nritya Kala Hansa and ANKH Dance UK, she continues to bring events like Dancing under the skies, Kathak Stanzas, and Kathak Collective. The repertory of ANKH continues to bridge the teaching and choreographic journeys between the traditions and the new.

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