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Jun
13
Thu
Performance at ChelWest Hospital @ The Atrium, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - The Atrium
Jun 13 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Performance at ChelWest Hospital @ The Atrium, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - The Atrium  | England | United Kingdom

Our longest running partnership with CW+ is honoured with a performance of Classical Indian dance in the atrium.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating South Asian dance in the UK with an exciting programme of events and opportunities. This also coincides with the 21-year anniversary of collaboration between Akademi and CW+, to bring a rich cultural and artistic experience to patients, visitors and staff at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. This is the longest running partnership for Akademi.

As part of these celebrations, Akademi are presenting a special performance of Classical Indian dance at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital atrium.

Who’s involved

CW+ is the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust including its hospitals and clinics.
The charity delivers a unique art and design programme to transform the experience and wellbeing of the patients.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019 Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
Jun
25
Tue
Glittering Tales: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs, and the Men of The Raj @ Asia House
Jun 25 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Glittering Tales: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs, and the Men of The Raj @ Asia House | England | United Kingdom

Join prominent visiting artist Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh and Chitra Sundaram as they explore Sadir the historic precursor to the classical Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam.

In a special curation by Chitra Sundaram, Akademi launches the first of its dance dialogue series with the London debut of Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh. The noted Bharatanatyam artist and actor will be joined by Chitra, a prominent figure in the UK dance community. Together they will explore the narratives, the women, and the repertoire of ‘Sadir Āttam’: the command performance of the 17th early 20th century that was presented in darbars and salons for royalty, aristocracy and officers of The Raj.

This event presents the her-story of the Sadir dancer; her repertoire and her reputation as an articulate, charming and sophisticated performer. Swarnamalya will share the experiences of seeking out hereditary dancers; piecing together closely guarded anecdotes and repertoire pieces. Nearly eighty-five years after Sadir disappearing into Bharatanatyam, we begin to embrace both, joining the discourse of multiple histories. The discussion and demonstration will both trace and move beyond the narratives of erasure and caste politics behind present-day Bharatanatyam. The evening will include a 10 minute Q&A.

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

Who’s involved

Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, an Indian actress and TV anchor. Over the years, she has anchored several shows, acted in films across various languages and performed on many stages all over the world. She has a Masters in Bharatanatyam and PhD in Dance History from Madras University.

Chitra Sundaram is a dance/theatre choreographer, Bharatanatyam performer, mentor and educator. Her research and teaching interests include the problems and potential of classical forms in cross-cultural and intergenerational transmission of narratives. Chitra was the trustee of Akademi, and currently sits on the board of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Chitra is an Associate Lecturer in Theatre &Performance at Goldsmiths College, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Asia House is the Centre of Expertise on Asia. They drive political and economic engagement between Europe and Asia through their programme of events, featuring thought leaders and opinion formers; through their policy and advisory services; and through their research activity. They also create greater cultural understanding between Europe and Asia through our Arts and Learning programme. Asia House was founded in 1996 by the former diplomat Sir Peter Wakefield.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
Jul
12
Fri
Classical Indian Dance and its Relevance in a Global Contemporary Context: Rukmini Vijayakumar @ Asia House
Jul 12 @ 6:45 am – 8:45 am
Classical Indian Dance and its Relevance in a Global Contemporary Context: Rukmini Vijayakumar @ Asia House | England | United Kingdom

Join Akademi in the second of our dance and dialogue series: Rukmini Vijayakumar, a noted Bharatanatyam artist and actor from India, in an artistic conversation 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 a practicing 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

Vena Ramphal is a yoga teacher, dancer and relationship coach who can be seen on ITV and Channel 5. Vena is also a trained Indian classical dancer, who has performed for the royalty, prime ministers and several celebrities.

Asia House is the Centre of Expertise on Asia. They drive political and economic engagement between Europe and Asia through their programme of events, featuring thought leaders and opinion formers; through their policy and advisory services; and through their research activity. They also create greater cultural understanding between Europe and Asia through our Arts and Learning programme.

Rukmini Vijayakumar is the Director of her Classical Dance Company Raadha Kalpa and her art space LshVa, in Bangalore, India. After an initial exposure to ballet, she pursued a training and rigorous practice in Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of renowned practitioners. She later graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Modern dance and Ballet. She is an avid yoga practitioner and has Studied Human Anatomy and Physiology at the Boston University. Rukmini’s productions have toured the world and have been appreciated by audiences. She is also an actor recognised for the roles that she has played in several Indian Films and Theatre performances.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019 Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.
Jul
20
Sat
NAVADAL 2019 | South Asian Youth Dance Competition @ Clore Ballroom
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
NAVADAL 2019 | South Asian Youth Dance Competition @ Clore Ballroom | England | United Kingdom

An opportunity for emerging young South Asian dance artists in the UK to showcase their talent

Akademi will present NAVADAL 2019, the National South Asian Youth Dance Competition in partnership with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Yuva Gati as part of One Dance UK’s U.Dance Fringe at Southbank Centre, London.

Meaning ‘new shoots’ in Hindi, NAVADAL is Akademi’s biennial National South Asian Youth Dance Competition, NAVADAL is a celebration of up and coming young classical South Asian dance artists within the UK.

NAVADAL gives young dancers an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a panel of acclaimed judges and an audience.

The winners of the competition will have the chance to perform at the NAVADAL Rising Stars in the Purcell Room on the same day from 5.30-6.30 pm. They will be joined by a line up of rising stars of South Asian dance in the UK specially curated by YUVA 2016 winner and BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist, Vidya Patel.

NAVADAL 2019 | Rising Stars @ Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
NAVADAL 2019 | Rising Stars @ Purcell Room, Southbank Centre | England | United Kingdom

An exhilerating evening curated by Vidya Patel, presenting an exciting line-up of rising stars from her peer group along with the winners of NAVADAL 2019.

As a culmination of NAVADAL 2019, Akademi’s National South Asian Youth Dance Competition, we are presenting the rising stars of South Asian dance in the UK at a specially curated evening in Purcell Room. This exciting line-up, put together by YUVA 2016 winner and BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist Vidya Patel, will showcase the NAVADAL competition winners along with four exceptionally talented dancers from her peer group.

Presented in partnership with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Yuva Gati as part of One Dance UK’s U.Dance Fringe.

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