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Akademi is the leading organisation working with choreographers and dancers to produce and develop South Asian dance in the UK. For over 30 years Akademi has pioneered new visions of dance, synthesising classical and contemporary influences - and contributing to the cultural exchange that is now part of the creative DNA of the UK. In addition, the organisation s internationally recognised and respected community outreach programme mobilises South Asian dance for learning, creativity and well-being. Akademi innovate a rich year-round programme of work, from large-scale outdoor spectaculars to intimate productions for unusual spaces and venues. Akademi - South Asian Dance website.

Archive listings for Akademi - South Asian Dance

Work type: Dance or ballet.

Descendants - T01748326143

Choreographer Mayuri Boonham. Choreographer Sonia Sabri. Choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi.
29 Sep 19Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L2019552512

The Troth - T01026013533

Join us on Remembrance Sunday for a community afternoon and a gripping story of love and loss set during World War I. The Troth blends contemporary dance, original music and archive film. Moving from rural Punjab to the horrific darkness of the Belgian trenches where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allies, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier.
11 Nov 18Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth :: V0373043174
listing details L072361878

Dakshina - T1257703274

A unique billing of exquisite classical Indian dance by two of London's leading practitioners, Kamala Devam and Elena Catalano.
20 Apr 18Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L0377927763

Margam - T024703243

An evening of solo Bharatanatyam by Sooraj Subramaniam, showcasing new choreography woven together with timeless classical repertoire.
24 Mar 17Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L1901557572

Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance - T410807942

A specially curated evening of multimedia performance celebrating Anna Morcom's book Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance, in collaboration with Wise Thoughts.
9 Sep 16Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L048924487

Faces of Kali - T01600779461

Become bewitched by fierce Kali performances including classical Indian dance, storytelling and music. Akademi encourages all to come in fancy dress: manifestations of Kali, the macabre, occult and fantastical are all welcome.
31 Oct 15Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L081238430

Navodit - T065663999

Akademi presents Navodit, an invigorating showcase of breakout dancers. This cast of South Asian artists provide an original, powerful take on the grass root styles of Indian Dance.
11 Apr 14Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L207731712

First Light/Choreogata - T0151748265

Akademi presents Seeta Patel's First Light, plus two new contemporary commissions created by the recipients of the Choreogata Artist Development Programme. First Light is a creative contemporary experience which transforms Southbank Centre's Purcell Room through a fusion of performance and light, choreographed by Bharatanatyam dancer Seeta Patel and composed by John Metcalfe. First seen on the banks of the Thames, the piece combines the aesthetics of contemporary and Bharatanatyam dance art to create a narrative that nimbly jumps from fear of the unknown to discovery and enlightenment. Taking inspiration from the age old concepts of good overcoming evil, light overcoming darkness, and the divine female energy of the Hindu goddess Durga in her nine incarnations, this work evolves through a myriad of different colours culminating in an interplay between dance, music, light and space. Alongside First Light, Akademi presents two new pieces of work from its exciting platform for emerging choreographers, Choreogata, established by Akademi, Southbank Centre, Kala Sangam and Gem Arts. Supporting up and coming contemporary South Asian choreographers in the UK, these artists provide a fresh take on the South Asian performing arts tradition, and dare to take risks with adventurous choreography. Previous recipients of choreographic artist development programmes include Ankur Bahl, Kamala Devam, Anusha Kedhar and Revanta Sarabhai.
27 Feb 14 to 28 Feb 14Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L451035758

Navodit - Rising - T033906325

Akademi present a triple bill launching three outstanding young dancers into the London arts scene, performing contemporary interpretations of Classical South Asian Dance forms.
15 Nov 13Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L0335447907
5 Jul 13Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L01059855534

Amina Khaayam - T637882524

On the occasion of the Bangladeshi Independence Festival Akademi presents contemporary British Bangladeshi Classicist: Amina Khaayam in a solo evening, celebrating the majesty and grace of Bangladeshi culture
23 Mar 13Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L01715677465

Daredevas - T1679448679

Akademi presents Daredevas, a showcase for up and coming dancers around London and the United Kingdom. Daredevas features the brightest young talents in contemporary Indian dance. British based with International roots, these artists provide a fresh take on traditional Indian dance styles, showing a mixture of bold and adventurous choreographies. This programme will feature new work from 2 emerging South Asian dance artists all examining their own practice through a contemporary perspective. Up-beat, downbeat, elegant, energetic, cool, hot, Daredevas is a stunning mosaic of choreography designed for the 21st century.
2 Nov 12Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L43891134

Sufi Zen - T01555879886

An intimate dance experience that unites the stillness of Zen meditation with the rapturous motion of Sufi dervishes. Evoking a cultural landscape that extends from Persia to Japan, Sufi:Zen exists in a world of contrasts - of ice and fire, entropy and energy, introspection and divine omniscience.Choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi. Performer Archita Kumar. Performer Manuela Benini. Performer Jesal Patel. Performer Cid Shaha.
22 Sep 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L1952444565

Bells - T01252373680

The London-based South Asian dance organisation Akademi will present their magnificent, large scale outdoor production ?Bells' in collaboration with the international Belgian company, Theatre Tol, in three outer London boroughs: Lewisham, Hounslow and Barnet over the summer of 2012 as part of the Mayor of London's outdoor festival, SHOWTIME. Working with London 2012 Festival, Arts Council England and leading cultural organisations the Mayor of London has commissioned a world-class programme of events to celebrate the 2012 Games. From giant dinosaurs charging through London's streets and thrilling aerial displays, to inspirational shows created for London's great outdoors, the Mayor of London Presents programme encompasses hundreds of free cultural events, performance and installations in all 33 boroughs.Music Atul Desai. Music Niraj Chag.
4 Aug 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L132468828
2 Aug 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L0344497666
25 Jul 12General, Outer London :: V1087
listing details L01086127893

Maaya - T1897901094

Maaya will be a creative journey encompassing the richness of a vivid sensory experience, presenting a piece that projects the aesthetic values of contemporary Indian culture into this distinguished space in the heart of Westminster. The whole site will be transformed, thus achieving a unique spectacle of South Asian dance using contemporary and classical performers. Directed by a highly-renowned choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi, reworked by Nathaniel Parchment and Shivani Sethia, the Hall will be animated through a live cast creating a magical dream- like experience in which the audience will be immersed for 20 minutes. This will culminate in an exclusive finale performed by eminent Indian dancer.
5 Jul 12General, Inner London :: V1231
listing details L0747056935

Shane Shambu/Arunima Kumar - T645792508

Akademi is a cutting-edge organisation that works to encourage excellence in the practice of South Asian dance in Britain. Shane Shambhu Company creates dynamic visual theatre rooted in the traditional South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. By representing the modern society we live in and depicting narratives that expose human experiences and behaviour the company creates works that stir up emotions in all of us.
28 Apr 12Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L147533511

Song of the City - T01559987902

Co-commissioners Kala Sangam launch their new auditorium with a performance of song of the city at their base at St Peters Church in Bradford. Akademi has created a brand new production inspired by the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore - poet, musician and social reformer. Song of the city, combines dance, music, film and text to interpret Tagore s canon against the backdrop of 21st century London. Tagore is considered the greatest Indian literary figure of all time: his prolific output includes the Indian and Bangladeshi national anthem and ?Gitanjali , an excerpt of which was quoted at the foundation of Indian independence in 1947. In 1913 he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Inspired by both traditional Indian and modern Western cultures - Tagore first visited London in 1879 as a student - his work inspired some of the greatest names of the 20th century, from Yeats to Einstein and remains as relevant today as at his death 70 years ago. Taking his philosophies, songs and sketches as inspiration, song of the city explores the duality of light and dark, west and east, self and other as three city-dwellers - two men (one creative, the other ?executive ) and one woman (the muse) - fall in and out of tune with their environment. With virtuosic choreography by rising star Ash Mukherjee and a haunting musical score by clarinettist Arun Ghosh, song of the city is one of Akademi s most impactful and visually striking productions yet. Created with an underground space in mind, the piece will be premiered behind the bustling streets of the capital at the Vault at the Southwark Playhouse from 5-6 August 2011, before touring nationally in the autumn.Translation William Radice. Music Arun Ghosh. Other William Huntley (filmmaker). DramaturgDeepan Sivaraman. Performer Kim Amundsen. Performer Kamala Devam. Performer Gian Luca Loddo.
11 Nov 11General, General :: V1280
listing details L0150487067

Kathak Mughlia - T1452937425

Fasih ur Rehman is a dancer who has strived throughout his career to bring the beauty of dance to others. He is a man for whom dance is a lifeblood, the call to dance beating in his heart. Fasih Rehman is said to be the only male dancer in Pakistan and he has staunchly defended the classical art form in his home country in the face of opposition from governments, striving to keep Kathak alive and true to form.Performer Fasih ur Rehman.
4 Nov 11Watermans Arts Centre, Outer London :: V339
listing details L207089622

Bangladeshi Family Day - T1591606120

Includes: song of the city; performances from Shoumi Das and Amina Khayyam and music from Kishon Khan. Akademi programmes the performances at British Museum for their Family Learning Day. With another chance to see song of the city in London this day will surely inspire! Highlights include Shoumi Das and Amina Khayyam performing their work in the forecourt and Kishon Khan bring music to Room 1. Kala Sangam co-commisioned song of the city.Other Kala Sangam (co-commissioners). Choreographer Ash Mukherjee. Music Arun Ghosh. Performer Kamala Devam. Performer Gian Luca Loddo. Performer Kim Amundsen.
17 Sep 11British Museum, Inner London :: V0159572349
listing details L1294719075

Classical Indian Dance - T1926080621

Two classical dance concerts in the foyer of Kings Place. Odissi concert including performances from Khavita Kaur and Katie Ryan and a Bharatanatyam concert performed by Sooraj Subramaniam and Sri Thina Subramaniam.
11 Sep 11General, Inner London :: V1231
listing details L01354557028

Choreogata - T2139142481

Join the new generation of South Asian dance choreographers as they emerge onto the Rich Mix stage! Revanta Sarabai, Kamala Devam and Ankur Bahl will delight and inspire, performing their own work.Performer Revanta Sarabhai. Performer Kamala Devam. Performer Ankur Bhal.
8 Sep 11Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L0205242224

Odissi Ensemble - T460916156

Combining dedication to the practice of this classical Indian dance form with a modern sensibility, the ensemble will draw upon their diverse backgrounds to present an evening of solo and group pieces which reflect the broad spectrum of Odissi as an art form. In a programme demonstrating the variety of their art form, the Odissi Ensemble explores the interaction of the spiritual and sensual through the vibrancy and vitality of classical Indian dance.Performer Katie Ryan. Performer Khavita Kaur. Performer Shatarupa Chatterjee. Performer Sitara Thobani.
11 Aug 11Rich Mix, Outer London :: V0478944234
listing details L1292416135

Song of the City - T1747687279

Akademi has created a brand new production inspired by the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore - poet, musician and social reformer. Tagore is considered the greatest Indian literary figure of all time: his prolific output includes the Indian and Bangladeshi national anthem and ?Gitanjali', an excerpt of which was quoted at the foundation of Indian independence in 1947. In 1913 he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Inspired by both traditional Indian and modern Western cultures - Tagore first visited London in 1879 as a student - his work inspired some of the greatest names of the 20th century, from Yeats to Einstein and remains as relevant today as at his death 70 years ago. Taking his philosophies, songs and sketches as inspiration, song of the city explores the duality of light and dark, west and east, self and other as three city-dwellers ? two men (one creative, the other ?executive') and one woman (the muse) - fall in and out of tune with their environment.Choreographer Ash Mukherjee. Music Arun Ghosh. Other William Huntley (filmmaker). DramaturgDeepan Sivaraman. Performer Kim Amundsen. Performer Kamala Devam. Performer Gian Luca Loddo.
5 Aug 11 to 6 Aug 11Southwark Playhouse, Inner London :: V226
listing details L0236857370

Darevevas - T01492705238

Two dancers perform four dances in a constantly changing repertoire of bite sized pieces. Up-beat, downbeat, elegant, energetic, cool, hot, Daredevas is a stunning mosaic of choreography designed for the 21st century.Lighting Prema Mehta. Performer Jeymini Sahai. Performer Santosh Menon.
1 Jul 11Watermans Arts Centre, Outer London :: V339
listing details L0957088915

Bells - T131962145

Akademi aims to bring people into contact with the creativity of South Asian dance in Britain and is currently celebrating its 30th birthday. The cast of international dancers provide a dazzling and colourful contemporary performance, honouring the traditions of Rajasthan and lighting up the Barbican foyers with its modern interpretation of Kathak and Indian dance styles. Bells coincides and complements the musical spectacle The Manganiyar Seduction, showing in the Barbican Theatre from 5-7 March.
6 Mar 10 to 7 Mar 10Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L01603715680

Darevdevas - T01691330968

Akademi presents young British and international talent that sets the stage on fire with a fresh modern take on traditional Indian dance. Now in its third year, Akademi continues to support the next generation of South Asian dancers. Previous Daredevas include Divya Kasturi, Shamita Ray, Seema Patel, Saju Hari, Shane Shambhu and Hanna Mannila. This year’s performance features Payal Patel and Archita Kumar alongside other upcoming artists.
20 Mar 09Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance :: V1747286290
listing details L0768196481
4 Mar 08 to 5 Mar 08Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L01713143965

Sapnay - T2025163439

A mass performance of contemporary Kathak and Bharatanatyam inspired by the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace.
9 Jun 07Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L01982013402

Daredevas - T0680259710

Akademi returns to the South Bank Centre for a second year of solos and duets that are bold, alluring and accomplished, this time united under the guidance of composer [John-Marc Gowans]. British-based with international roots, these artists provide a fresh (and decidedly English) take on traditional Indian dance styles, kathak and bharata natyam.
7 Oct 06 to 8 Oct 06Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L01045440731

Daredevas - T205278553

Eight emerging artists come together to present a daring mix of Indian classical dance styles with a contemporary spin.
20 Sep 05 to 21 Sep 05Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L51474872

Sapnay/Dreams - T988960203

A half-hour event commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of 'The City Dreams' week.Choreographer Mavin Khoo. Choreographer Gauri Tripathi. Music DJ Matt Ross.
6 Aug 05General, Inner London :: V1231
listing details L1366328626

Waterscapes - T01334270800

Inspired by the splendours of the Mogul Court and the Heaven on Earth: Art from Islamic Lands exhibition in the Hermitage Rooms, the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court will swirl with colour and energy as Akademi's Kathak dancers perform in the fountains.
11 Aug 04 to 14 Aug 04General, Inner London :: V1231
listing details L02077951029

Fuze - T1135826143

An evening of pumping underground DJ beats, an eclectic mix of modern fusion musicians and temporary henna tattooing all acting as a back-drop to complement the young people's hard work, talent and enthusiasm.
4 Jun 03Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
listing details L0832904938

South Asian Aesthetics - Unwrapped! - T01084728636

A one- day symposium to explore, analyse and celebrate South Asian aesthetics in the context of contemporary Britain. Featuring acclaimed dance artists and choreographers Shobana Jeyasingh, Akram Khan, Mavin Khoo, Daniel Meja, Nahid Siddiqui and Chitra Sundaram among other creators from the broader sphere of the arts.
24 Mar 02Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01402167258

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