Akademi at 40: DESCENDANTS (2019)

Presented at Southbank Centre, Sunday 29 September 2019. 

Inventive new work from UK’s three leading female choreographers in South Asian Dance.

Amazing & inspiring evening of dance at Southbank Centre presented by Akademi featuring work by fantastic choreographers Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri & Gauri Sharma Tripathi.

Asjad Nazir

Columnist, Eastern Eye

Descendants : This tight trio of dynamic new dance works by Gauri Sharma Tripathi (exultant energy), Sonia Sabri (body-slapping doubt & determination) &  Mayuri Boonham (questioning aspiration & tension) = a panoramic depiction of aspects of female power…

Donald Hutera


A triple bill of ground-breaking new work from UK’s three leading female choreographers in South Asian Dance – Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri and Gauri Sharma Tripathi. In this evening, they explored the social and emotional barriers in one’s life and the determined labour to overcome them.


Silhouette | The Borderline by ANKH Dance

Choreography: Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Ashley Lobo
Dancers: Shivani Sethia, Seema Patel, Jesal Patel, Tarini Tripathi and Saloni Saraf
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Musicians: Niraj Chag

Spill by Sonia Sabri

Choreography and performance: Sonia Sabri
Composer and Musical Director: Sarvar Sabri
Original Lighting Design: Prema Mehta
Costume Design: Sonia Sabri
Costume Maker: Harpreet Kundi
Recorded musicians:
Vocals: Berty Dormay, Adama Khouma and Sarvar Sabri
Nay: E. Imam
Artistic Consultant: Nikky Smedley

Eve Rising by Mayuri Boonham

Choreography: Mayuri Boonham
Performer: Archana Ballal
Musicians: Apple Blossom, Peter Garland, Simon Arriola, Aidan Hammond, Alex Henshaw and Andrew Woolcock, from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Music Rehearsal Director: Jason Huxtable

Akademi 40th anniversary Producer: Nina Head
Lighting: Jai Morjaria
Images: Simon Richardson

Supported by

Arts Council England and Southbank Centre.

Special thanks to

Rupert Thompson, Hiren Raghunath Chate, Navdhara, New Dimension Arts