Calendar

Oct
17
Thu
In conversation with Tara Rajkumar OAM – a joint presentation by The Bhavan & Akademi @ The Bhavan
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In conversation with Tara Rajkumar OAM - a joint presentation by The Bhavan & Akademi @ The Bhavan | England | United Kingdom

An intimate evening with Akademi’s founder.

Join us for an intimate evening with Akademi’s visionary founder and celebrated Mohiniattam artist, Tara Rajkumar OAM, who visits London from Australia to attend Akademi’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

She will be interviewed by Professor Ann David from Roehampton University in a special evening at The Bhavan. Tara will talk about the challenges and benefits of creating new classical work outside of India, her experience of founding Akademi and her journey from the UK to Australia. She will also be joined by her disciple, Bindu Rajendren, who will perform Tara’s recently created choreography.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
Oct
18
Fri
RUMINATION | Akademi at 40 (1979-2019) @ V&A Museum
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
RUMINATION | Akademi at 40 (1979-2019) @ V&A Museum | England | United Kingdom

Akademi at 40 in the archives

Join us for a unique evening of performance, film and dialogue, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of leading South Asian dance company Akademi. This evening marks the evolution of Akademi’s pioneering work and its contribution to Britain’s international reputation for innovation in South Asian Dance.

Reflecting on British Indian Dance in London since 1979, this event highlights the archives which are held at the V&A while honouring the legendary founding Director Tara Rajkumar.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
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: Beau Jangle, Ben Henry Edwards, Eva Recacha, Jaspreet Kaur, Jay Jay Revlon, Kaajel Patel’s Nimbooda Panto, Kamala Devam, Kirsten Newell, Rhiannon Faith, Shivangee Agrawal, Sonia Chandaria, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Tara Rajkumar OAM, Shree Savani, Meera Patel 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: Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan ‘The Brown Hijabi’, Jaspreet Kaur ‘Behind the Netra’, Kirsten Newell, Sonia Chandaria 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 Jangle, Jay Jay Revlon, Kaajel Patel’s Nimbooda Panto 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.
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