Welcoming 2018 with the Creative Industries Federation
Choreographer Jose Agudo devised an excerpt which gave an evocative taster of the full 40-minute show, which premiered in May 2017 on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall and subsequently inspired audiences at a range of outdoor locations during the summer.
Joining Jose in performing the piece beneath the museum’s mighty blue whale ‘Hope’, were dancers Seeta Patel and Edd Arnold. Music was by Bernhard Schimpelsberger and the project was produced by Nina Head.
Introducing the event, Creative Industries Federation Chief Executive John Kampfner said: “Britain’s global reputation has made us a magnet for world-class talent who, in turn, have helped build our international renown.”
Mira Kaushik OBE, Director of Akademi, commented “Paradiso exemplifies the internationalism of Britain’s creative sector. With a Spanish choreographer, Austrian composer and a multi-ethnic cast, the piece draws on diverse cultural traditions and showcases both South Asian and Western contemporary dance and movement. We are hugely grateful to the Creative Industries Federation for inviting us to mark their third anniversary in such a spectacular way”.