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Oct
24
Thu
The Milk White Ocean – Dance Workshop @ The Clore Ballroom, Level 2
Oct 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
The Milk White Ocean - Dance Workshop @ The Clore Ballroom, Level 2 | England | United Kingdom

Learn moves based on Indian dance to tell an enchanting story of creation and care, in a workshop for the whole family.

Presented by Akademi, the UK’s leading South Asian dance organisation, the workshop is led by Anusha Subramanyam, a performer of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

Pick up hand gestures and dance moves that tell a story from Hindu mythology.

The tale of the milk-white ocean is a well-known episode from Hindu mythology.

A careless gesture by Indra, the Lord of the Skies, brings disintegration and war to the earth. The Gods appeal to Vishnu, the God of Protection, to help them defeat the demons.

He tells them they must churn the nectar of immortality from the milk-white ocean if they are to save themselves and return the earth to its former self.

Free unticketed event.
The Milk White Ocean – Lunchtime Tales @ The Clore Ballroom, Level 2
Oct 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
The Milk White Ocean - Lunchtime Tales @ The Clore Ballroom, Level 2 | England | United Kingdom

Submerge yourself in an ancient tale from Bharatanatyam dancer and storyteller Anusha Subramanyam, or join in and make a splash.

The tale of the milk-white ocean is a well-known episode from Hindu mythology. A careless gesture by Indra, the Lord of the Skies, brings disintegration and war to the earth. The Gods appeal to Vishnu, the God of Protection, to help them defeat the demons.

He tells them they must churn the nectar of immortality from the milk-white ocean if they are to save themselves and return the earth to its former self.

This old story appears in the Hindu scriptures, the Puranas and Mahabharata, and is depicted in the Ajanta caves in Western India and the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Free unticketed event.
Oct
25
Fri
BROWN TANGLE | British Asian cross-arts festival @ Rich Mix
Oct 25 – Oct 26 all-day
BROWN TANGLE | British Asian cross-arts festival @ Rich Mix | England | United Kingdom

This October, young British Asian artists take over Rich Mix in a two-day British Asian cross-arts festival.

Co-Artistic Directors Shane Shambhu and Nina Head, along with guest curator Parbati Chaudhury, arrange this first-of-a-kind festival which sees young British Asian artists take over Rich Mix to explore fresh perspectives on South Asia’s artistic legacy.

The weekend includes artist workshops exploring process, collaboration and interdisciplinarity; a retrospective programme featuring screendance by Shobana Jeyasingh MBE and re-stagings from Nina Rajarani MBE and Pushkala Gopal.

Evening events include an eclectic cabaret, curated and compèred by Raheem Mir, and an open-stage night bringing together South Asian dance and spoken word, presented with Apples & Snakes.

Featuring: Azan, Beau Jangles, Ben Henry Edwards, Eva Recacha, Jaspreet Kaur Behind the Netra’, Jay Jay Revlon, Kaajel Patel’s Nimbooda Panto, Kali Chandrasegaram, Kamala Devam, Meera Patel, Nina Rajarani MBE’s Srishti Dance, Pushkala Gopal’s Sanskriti UK, Rhiannon Faith, Shivaangee Agrawal, Shree Savani, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Tara Rajkumar OAM and Tayce. Plus more artists to be announced.

Friday 25 October

UnTANGLE | Designing Dances Workshop

10.30am | £15/20
Unearth new movement aesthetics that bridge classical South Asian and contemporary dance through the exploration of devising methods. For early career and professional dance makers.

Led by: Eva Recacha & Shivaangee Agrawal

PlayOff | A dance and live music workshop

2pm | £15/20
Glimpse into the dynamics of dance and music collaboration, through improvisation techniques as well as studying melody and rhythm with Indian classical, Western and African instruments.

Led by: Kamala Devam & Ben Henry Edwards

RetroTANGLE | Shobana Jeyasingh Dance at 30

6pm | Free
In celebration of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s 30th anniversary, Akademi hosts a relaxed (autism and dementia-friendly) screening of their productions, Faultline and Duets with Automobiles.

RetroTANGLE: Back to the future

7pm | £10/8
A retrospective hosted by Tara Rajkumar OAM. Featuring a restaging of Nina Rajarani MBE’s QUICK! and excerpts of Return of Spring by Pushkala Gopal, along with a film on Nahid Siddiqui by Shakila Maan of The Southall Black Sisters.

TongueTANGLE

8pm | Free
Energising new collaborations of spoken word and South Asian dance meet in an open-stage mash up event. With Apples & Snakes.

Featuring: Azan, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan ‘The Brown Hijabi’, Jaspreet Kaur ‘Behind the Netra’, Meera Patel, Shree Savani and more TBC

Saturday 26 October

IdentityTANGLE | Who the hell are you?

11.30am | £20/15
Get roped into a process of game playing and personal questioning to discover your individuality and how to make the most of it. For all levels of experience.

Led by: Rhiannon Faith

BROWN TANGLE Cabaret Club

8pm | £10/8
An audacious and riotous festival finale to smash boundaries and stretch imaginations, with an exhilarating line-up curated and compèred by Raheem Mir.

Featuring: Beau Jangles, Jay Jay Revlon, Kaajel Patel’s Nimbooda Panto, Kali Chandrasegaram and Tayce and more TBC.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
Nov
1
Fri
SPARKPLUGS @ Watermans Arts Centre
Nov 1 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
SPARKPLUGS @ Watermans Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom

An evening of powerful, ambitious and original work from early career South Asian choreographers.

Akademi’s SPARKPLUGS initiative presents powerful, ambitious and original work of early career South Asian choreographers, by providing platforms and introducing audiences to new work while promoting the diversity of South Asian Dance and celebrating its place in the UK. This unique evening presents ReRooted Collective and Morph Dance Company.

The double bill is ignited by ReRooted Dance Collective’s dynamic solos and a newly created group piece comprising elements of three distinct Indian Classical dance styles – Kathak, Odissi and Bharatanatyam. These experimental works are shaped by a collaborative approach grounded in peer mentoring and explore dance with an emphasis on improvisation alongside vocal accompaniment.

This will be followed by ‘Fly From’. Choreographed by Saju Hari and performed by Subhash Viman Gorania, it is a solo performance inspired by the ‘standing man of Taksim Square’ in Istanbul and looks at the fight against resistance while searching for ultimate liberation and enlightenment.

Who’s involved

Rerooted Dance Collective is a performance-choreography ensemble upholding their Indian classical dance heritage while carving out a unique space in the arts scene nurturing curiosity and experimentation. Artists – Shivaangee Agrawal, Swati Seshadri, Elena Catalano, Pallavi Basak Vijay, Meera Patel, Parbati Chaudhury

Subhash Viman Gorania is a British choreographer and dancer, who is developing a distinct style, giving his dance an unorthodox and quirky edge. He has variety, unpredictability and a strong stage presence that commands attention. He was a Dx Choreography Award Artist in 2017. 

Saju Hari trained in contemporary dance and Kalaripayattu (martial art) with Jayachandran at Attakkalari, but has lived and worked in the UK since 2003. He has danced with Imlata Dance Company, The Bedlam Dance Company and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. He toured in Akram Khan Company’s “Bahok”, a collaboration with National Ballet of China.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
Nov
15
Fri
APOTHEOSIS @ British Museum, Hotung Gallery
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
APOTHEOSIS @ British Museum, Hotung Gallery | England | United Kingdom

Absorb the history of South Asia through sculpture and dance; one still and timeless, the other moving and ever evolving.

In this unique event in Akademi’s 40th anniversary programme, experience the artistry, fluidity and variance of Indian Classical dance styles performed with traditional live music against the backdrop of the exquisite sculptures in the British Museum’s Hotung Gallery.

Free unticketed event.

More info on British Museum website coming soon.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
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