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Photos from Akademi's post 27/03/2024

We were at KYN Care home in Bromley last Thursday performing and delivering a movement workshop. The event was specially organised by the care home for the residents, several of whom are living with dementia or are in post-surgery rehabilitative care. Kavya interviewed the artists, Aanchal Gupta and Sameeksha on their experience.

19/03/2024

An intense planning session is underway at the Akademi office today for our upcoming project MAITRI TOO with school pupils in Brent. Artist Manuela Benini and Jaina Modasia were joined by Suba and Kavya as they discussed the elements and intended outcomes of the sessions that will take place between March and June 2024 at St. Claudine's School for Girls. The content will also be inspired by Akademi's recent production on climate driven migration, Pravaas.
Supported by John Lyons Charity
Find out more on - https://www.akademi.co.uk/maitri-too-2024/
Arts Council England
Brent Council

18/03/2024

Introducing our new Programmes Coordinator, Kavya Iyer.

Originally from Kolkata, India, Kavya is a dancer and arts and culture manager currently based in Oxford. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Sciences Po, Paris, and an Erasmus+ Master’s in Dance Studies (Choreomundus), giving her a diverse background in dance, qualitative research, and anthropology.

Kavya is passionate about making dance accessible to diverse communities and building a robust culture sector. In her role as Programmes Coordinator at Akademi, she manages projects within health, community, and corporate settings.

As a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and yoga practitioner, Kavya also works as a freelance artist, performer, and choreographer, drawing inspiration from various Indian dance styles.

Kavya Iyer Ramalingam - Our Team - Akademi 18/03/2024

Introducing our new Programmes Coordinator, Kavya Iyer.

Originally from Kolkata, India, Kavya is a dancer and arts and culture manager currently based in Oxford. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Sciences Po, Paris, and an Erasmus+ Master’s in Dance Studies (Choreomundus), giving her a diverse background in dance, qualitative research, and anthropology.

Kavya is passionate about making dance accessible to diverse communities and building a robust culture sector. In her role as Programmes Coordinator at Akademi, she manages projects within health, community, and corporate settings.

As a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and yoga practitioner, Kavya also works as a freelance artist, performer, and choreographer, drawing inspiration from various Indian dance styles.

Kavya Iyer Ramalingam - Our Team - Akademi Programmes Coordinator

14/03/2024

Bollywood classes for toddlers in Manchester on Friday mornings.
Email [email protected] to book.
KBB Dance Academy

13/03/2024

Bharatanatyam and Kathak online courses starting April 2024. Register your interest now by visiting Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Sujata Banerjee Dance Company

13/03/2024

FABRIC’s Centre for Advanced Training is running a FREE Yuva Gati Experience workshop in Leeds.

If you’re interested in South Asian dance styles, we invite you to take part in their dance workshop, led by their Centre for Advanced Training – previous experience not required!

Where:

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

98 Chapeltown Road

Leeds

LS7 4BH

When:

Sat 23rd March 2024, 1:00pm

Learn more - Fabric
Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Photos from Akademi's post 06/03/2024

WHATS ON | We are celebrating International Women's Day this year at The Queen's House in Greenwich!

Friday 8 March 2024, 10am to 4:30pm - Their day-long event 'Women Who Dare', takes inspiration from the life of Zeenat Mahal, the last Empress of the Mughal Empire and wife of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal Emperor. The venue also displays a recently acquired miniature of Zeenat Mahal.

With a Kathak performance by Jesal Patel and Seema Patel, the historic Great Hall will be immersed in the regal grandeur of Mughal period in Indian history where art and artists found a special place.

Jesal Patel
Royal Museums Greenwich

*NEW TRAILER | Akademi Plastic Drastic Fantastic Trailer (2024) 04/03/2024

WHAT'S ON | Some Easter break fun is on the way with our production, Plastic Drastic Fantastic, returning to London. Catch the show for young people aged 7+ and their families at the Purcell room in Southbank Centre on Sat 6 and Sun 7 April 2024. Ticket bookings are open NOW! Visit - https://bit.ly/48VRfxN

To know more about the dance show, head to our webpage https://www.akademi.co.uk/plastic-drastic-fantastic/

🎥Brian Hartley

https://youtu.be/2EdIgZKfVjk

Mithun Gill Anekha Pillai Kirsten Margaret Iona Newell Kathy Hinde Pulse South Asian Dance National Network

*NEW TRAILER | Akademi Plastic Drastic Fantastic Trailer (2024) Plastic Drastic Fantastic is a contemporary dance theatre work for children and their families which explores our complex relationship with plastics – the fa...

14/02/2024

| Join artist Ramya Harishankar The Bhavan, London on 20 Feb 5:30pm for an abhinaya workshop. book here - https://bit.ly/3SAVsR7
She will also be screening her short films and presenting a few pieces at the The Nehru Centre, London on Mar 4, Monday at 6:30pm.

South Asian Dance National Network UK South Asian Dance Events

11/02/2024

So thrilled that our production Pravaas, on climate migration, received The Green Award at the One Dance UK last Friday. A massive thank you to our wonderful team of cast and creatives who made it a reality and supporters without whom this wasn’t possible.

Vidya Patel Shree Savani Aishani Ghosh Mithun Gill Swati Seshadri Linear Martin Kathy Hinde Matt Olden Claire Raftery Maryam Shakiba Sarah Moody Rahemur Rahman Lia Prentaki Ezra Grey Chris Burr Without Walls UK 101 Outdoor Arts Arts Council England Activate Performing Arts Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Brighton Festival.

A special congratulations to all the fellow winners, especially Dr Swati Raut (Swati Dance Company) for winning ‘The Peoples Choice Award’, Ashwini Kalsekar for winning the ‘Young People's Dance Champion Award’ and Step Change Studio for winning the ‘Community Champion Award’. Also to Sonia Sabri Company on being nominated for 'Artistic Innovation in Dance Award'.

Wasteland Tour - Gary Clarke Company 18/01/2024

JOB OPPORTUNITY | Award-winning Gary Clarke Company seeks an experienced Administrative Director to join the team.

Closing date for applications: Noon, Friday 23 February 2024
Interviews : Thursday 07 March At Cast, Doncaster

For more info and job pack, visit

Wasteland Tour - Gary Clarke Company WASTELAND is the sequel to the multi-award winning production of COAL by Gary Clarke Company.

Plastic Drastic Fantastic 17/01/2024

WHAT'S ON | Some Easter break fun is on the way with our production, Plastic Drastic Fantastic, returning to London. Catch the show for young people aged 7+ and their families at the Purcell room in Southbank Centre on Sat 6 and Sun 7 April 2024. Tickets booking are open NOW! Visit - https://bit.ly/48VRfxN

To know more about the dance show, head to our webpage https://www.akademi.co.uk/plastic-drastic-fantastic/

📷Brian Hartley

Plastic Drastic Fantastic Friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Drawing on South Asian dance, this contemporary dance theatre work for families explores the wonders and woes of plastics.

16/01/2024

Exciting News! We are now at We are Spotlight in Poplar every Monday until 22 March delivering free South Asian dance sessions for teenage girls in tower Hamlets as part of a new 10-week project launched by London Sport and Sweaty Betty Foundation. Artist Aishani Ghosh is leading the sessions.

If you are 11-14 year old and interested in having some fun with a new dance style, head to https://wearespotlight.com/programme/event/girls-can-dance-11-14s/ to book your free space now.

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Photos from Akademi's post 15/01/2024

| Introducing the speakers for the webinar 'South Asian Dance in Britain: Decentering India and Hinducentricism' curated by SADE and hosted by Akademi on 19 Jan 2pm.

Rohini Rai – is a sociologist of race, migration and racism and is the Lecturer in Sociology of Race at Brunel University London. Her areas of research include racialization and racism in relation to Northeast India and Eastern Himalayan borderlands of Asia. Her current project, funded by the British Academy and partnered with the Royal Geographical Society- with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG), engages with the UK-based indigenous Himalayan diaspora communities from Nepal and Northeast India through the method of ‘storytelling through dancing’.

Amina Khayyam – Critically acclaimed Kathak performer and choreographer, Amina is artistic director of AKDC with whom she has made over a dozen productions such as the award-winning BIRD. She trained in the UK with Alpana Sengupta and Sushmita Ghosh (at The Bhavan), and has performed extensively nationally and internationally before establishing her own company.

Sandhaya Gurung is a multidisciplinary artist and recent graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her practice specializes in traditional Nepali dance forms to decolonize the art of somatics. Born into a family of Gurkhas settled into the UK, she explores the hybridity in the Nepali-British identity as a second generation immigrant.

Feriyal Amal Aslam is a dance scholar-artist, peace-through-arts activist and social cultural anthropologist. Trained as Pakistan’s first dance history scholar, courtesy Fulbright at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, she built on her dance training under maestro Indu Mitha and is currently teaching in a pioneering integrated arts program in Bandung, Indonesia.

For more info and registering, please visit - https://www.akademi.co.uk/sade-project-launch/

20/12/2023

✴️Seasons greetings✴️
Akademi will be closing for the festive period from 21st December and we'll be back on 2nd January.
See you then!

19/12/2023

In this new blogseries, Suba shares her journey from a young dance student in Malaysia to getting the opportunity to lead three leading South Asian dance organisations in the UK.
Suba says 'I hope that this encourages young artists to dream big and find a place for themselves between the traditional and contemporary.'

Read the full blog on our website now.


The CFP List 15/12/2023

What are the ethical and artistic issues with AI interventions in classical dance?

University College Dublin will be hosting a two-day symposium tackling socio-political issues concerning dance. The day will bring practitioners, artists, and researchers working with Indian dance together in order to explore topics such as Dance and the Diaspora, Practice Research and Collaborative Research, and much more.
UCD is inviting proposals for one-hour panels or roundtables (3-4 people), or single 30-minute presentations, film screenings, lecture-demonstration and/or workshops from practitioners, artists, and researchers.

For more information see below -
Routes Beyond Roots
June 13th
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP/40159

Subhashini Goda
UK South Asian Dance Events
Pulse

The CFP List Routes beyond Roots: Indian Performing Arts and Virtual Culture(s)

14/12/2023

| We are supporting a project titled 'South Asian Dance Equity (SADE): The Arts British South Asian Dance Ignores' curated by Dr. Royona Mitra (Brunel University London, UK), Dr. Prarthana Purkayastha (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) and Dr. Anusha Kedhar (University of California, Riverside, USA UC Riverside). We will be hosting their first online event that will feature an introduction to the SADE network followed by brief provocations from artists and academics on the topic of decentring India and Hinducentrism in South Asian dance. Speakers include: Feriyal Amal Aslam , Sandhaya Gurung, Amina Khayyam , Rohini Rai and Naaz Rashid .

Do join us on 19 Jan, 2 pm on Zoom to hear their views and to ask them any questions. For more details on the event, zoom webinar and registration, please visit https://www.akademi.co.uk/sade-project-launch/

Pulse NARTHAKI.com South Asian Dance National Network Manch UK

30/11/2023

This group never ceases to surprise us with their enthusiasm and sense of humour. Our wonderful Dance Well participants from Holborn Community Association trying out a new sequesnce with scarves in their weekly session led by artist Jesal Patel.

Arts Council England Love Camden Camden New Journal

15/11/2023

Such a heart-warming experience to be able to bring the spirit of Diwali to the in-patients, their carers, and the NHS staff at St.Thomas Hospital yesterday. Thanks to Breathe Arts Health Research for this opportunity.

Artists Anekha Pillai and Daniella Varghese performed Bharatanatyam in Lane Fox Ward for respiratory illnesses and Henry Ward for elderly care.

Arts Council England Upahaar School of Dance

14/11/2023

Last Saturday, we were at the National Maritime Museum presenting Rajasthani folk dance at their Diwali event curated by the museum's  engagement team and Commonground&.

Artists from performed folk dances like Chirmi, Terah Taali and Ghoomar. The audience, especially young children, participated in a workshop led by the artists and learnt a few steps of Rajasthani dance.


14/11/2023

Last Saturday, we were at the National Maritime Museum presenting Rajasthani folk dance at their Diwali event curated by the museum's engagement team and Commonground&.

Artists from Sarjan Nartan Academy performed folk dances like Chirmi, Terah Taali and Ghoomar. The audience, especially young children, participated in a workshop led by the artists and learnt a few steps of Rajasthani dance.

07/11/2023

UPCOMING EVENT | Join us on Sat 11 Nov 2pm at The Great map in .museum for a fantastic family-friendly celebration of Diwali organised by Royal Museum Greenwich, featuring Rajasthani folk performances and workshop curated by  in collaboration with Akademi. The event is FREE to attend.

The audience will get a glimpse of traditional Rajasthani Folk dances like Ghoomar, Chirmi, Kaalbeliya and Terahtaali forms of dance performed by the artists of Sarjan Nartan Academy in this high-energy show. And that’s not all, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a few moves yourself and practice them to the music! 

📸 Christopher WIlton-Steer

07/11/2023

UPCOMING EVENT | Join us on Sat 11 Nov 2pm at The Great map in National Maritime Museum for a fantastic family-friendly celebration of Diwali organised by Royal Museum Greenwich, featuring Rajasthani folk performances and workshop curated by COMMONGROUND& in collaboration with Akademi. The event is FREE to attend.

The audience will get a glimpse of traditional Rajasthani folk dances like Ghoomar, Chirmi, Kaalbeliya and Terahtaali forms of dance performed by the artists of Sarjan Nartan Academy in this high-energy show. And that’s not all, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a few moves yourself and practice them to the music!

📸 Christopher WIlton-Steer

07/11/2023

| We took Plastic Drastic Fantastic to the Planting Roots Festival at Warwick Arts Centre last weekend. We delivered performances, workshops for children, young people and their families as well as this insightful Q&A with chemical science experts, Prof. Stefan Bon and Prof. Kevin Moffat from University of Warwick along with our Artistic Director, Suba Subramaniam.

Next and the last stop on our tour is Leicester, where we are performing the show in four schools from 7-10 Nov. Stay tuned for more on that!

Arts Council England

06/11/2023

UPCOMING EVENT | We are returning to the Devonshire Square Diwali festival this year on 8th Nov 5:30pm-7:50pm with a colourful and vibrant set of performances. There will be an opportunity to see traditional South Asian classical and folk dances as well as some modern takes on them. We have Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bihu and Sri Lankan Kandyan dance on the list. The evening will culminate with a Bollywood extravaganza including performance on some foot-tapping numbers as well as an interactive workshop for the audience.

The event is FREE to attend but one needs to book their space (link in the webpage below). There will be dance, music, food and a visual treat for Rangoli lovers. Closest station: Liverpool Street

Featuring dance artists/ groups:

Kathak - 

Bharatanatyam and Break dance - Shreya Vadnerkar

Bihu - 

Kandyan dance -

Bollywood -

See you there!
 
📷Simon Waller

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