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PLAYING ANOTHER: Let’s Talk About Dis | Notturnino

Candoco Dance Company, the acclaimed contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, is twisting perceptions of what dance is, who can dance and who enjoys it in Playing Another, an evening of two new full company works that will be touring nationally this Autumn.

The company has won numerous awards and in 2012 they performed at the London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremonies in front of a global audience of more than 7 million.

Let’s Talk About Dis

Choreographer Hetain Patel

In his first company commission Hetain Patel has created a humorous and intimate piece that builds on an exploration of the dancers’ individual personalities and physicalities, interrogating questions of what identity is and how it is formed, challenging audiences to think beyond surface appearances. Hetain has worked closely with the dancers and is using their personal stories and experiences in the piece. He is also exploring Candoco's identity, how it is perceived both within and without the company. The piece is very tongue-in-cheek and leverages humour from poking fun at prejudice and the assumptions people make about disability. As many of the dancers are from non-English speaking backgrounds, foreign language also features in the piece, accompanied by 'translations' (perhaps deliberately inaccurate) into English and BSL.


Choregrapher Thomas Hauert

Thomas Hauert’s new piece Notturnino is a playful and poignant full company work that takes inspiration from the documentary Tosca’s Kiss, a touching film that follows the lives of retired opera singers living in a nursing home in Milan. Using the soundtrack from the film, the piece is scored by fragments of conversation, reminiscences and great operatic works performed by the ageing singers. Through humour and melodrama Notturnino explores the fragility of the human condition. Hauert has created a tightly structured improvisational score with Candoco’s dancers, resulting in a truly unique experience for each performance.

Topical issues of ageing, vulnerability, fragility are all resonant within the piece and these are experiences shared by disabled and non-disabled people.

Candoco Dance Company’s Artistic Co-Director Stine Nilsen says "We have had the opportunity to work with two incredible choreographers this year, resulting in a terrific double bill. We always strive to push boundaries with all our work and this double bill offers a beautiful mix of stunning dance, operatic music and live art. It's a treat for both seasoned attendees of contemporary dance and those new to the art form”


National Tour 2 October – 10 December 2014

Thursday 2 October | Arts Depot, North Finchley, London

Thursday 16 October | Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

Tuesday 11 November | Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Thursday 27 November | Live at LICA, Lancaster

Monday 2 - Tuesday 3 December | The Lowry, Salford

Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 December | South Bank Centre, London


Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Devadasi Heritage

Akademi presents Lakshmi Vishwanathan, dancer and scholar who will talk about the Devadasi Heritage of South India based on her book Women of Pride ( Roli books).

Lakshmi has done extensive research on the subject and has interacted with the last of the Devadasis of Tamil Nadu. She throws light on the subject with some authority, and enthuses her audience with historical facts, anecdotes and fascinating details. From her repertoire of Palace dances, she demonstrates the subtle magic of dance in a bygone era.

Wednesday 8th October 20146.30pm | Free | Nehru Centre

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Lakshmi Vishwanathan
BFI London Film Festival 2014

There are five films from India at this year's BFI London Film Festival.

Adityavikram Sengupta’s Labour of Love (Asha Jaoar Majhe), which has won Best Debut Director at the Venice Film Festival, where it had its world première at the Venice Days, an independent sidebar of Venice Film Festival. (Read Adityavikram Sengupta’s interview)

Sunday 12 October | 18.15 | Odeon Covent Garden

Tuesday 14 October | 21.00 | Rich Mix

Three more Indian feature films are part of the selection: Kanu Behl’s Titli, Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar’s Margarita with a straw and Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, which has won two awards at the Venice Film Festival. Director Priya Sen’s short Noon Day Dispensary is also part of the programme. The short documentary captures a day in the life of a government-run, free dispensary in the Savda-Ghevra, Delhi’s most recent resettlement colony.

8 – 19 October 2014 | BFI London Film Festival 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Serendipity Revealed - Sri Lankan Contemporary Art

A thematic show with representation by different artists presenting works in different mediums giving a view of the recent and contemporary history of Sri Lanka.

Within the rising and flourishing Asian Contemporary Art World that has been capturing international attention, Sri Lanka is often left out. Sri Lanka specifically, has in a sense been isolated as a result of its 30-year civil war, which finally came to an end in May 2009. With only 5 years behind it, Sri Lanka now reveals its hidden stories through its visual arts.

More recently South Asian Art has begun to attract attention within the international art community, with strong links being forged within the South Asian region.

Serendipity Revealed is being presented by the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) in collaboration with Hempel Galleries. Curated by founding director of CAB & HG, Annoushka Hempel who has carefully selected artists and their works to showcase and give glimpses of these untold stories as unveiled by some of Sri Lanka’s foremost contemporary artists.

Thursday 9th Oct - Saturday 20th December 2014 | Brunei Gallery


Thursday, October 9, 2014
Devi: Cinema with live score

Bombay Talkies and Asian Arts Agency presents Devi: classic Indian cinema with live score, celebrating 101 years of Indian Cinema

Talvin Singh, one of the most influential figures in British Asian music, celebrates 101 years of Indian cinema with this blend of film and live music. The Mercury Prize-winner and master of the tabla has assembled a cross-cultural line-up of superb musicians to improvise a new score to the iconic Indian arthouse classic Devi (1960).

Exploring and extending key elements of the film’s original soundtrack, the musicians riff and reinvent the score in a potent blend of classical Indian and contemporary music. Devi (Goddess) is a seminal work by Satyajit Ray who has achieved iconic status in India and is acknowledged as one of the most significant film-makers of the 20th century.

Talvin and Roopa Panesar also perform a classical set as a special feature to engage the audience with the synergy of their instruments and traditional repertoire. The evening is rounded off with a finale performed to selected still images from this epic masterpiece of a film.

Friday 10th October 2014 | 19:30 | £12 | Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

Friday, October 10, 2014
Roopa Panesar, Talvin Singh
Bharatanatyam Recital: Jhinook Mukherjee

Jhinook Mukherjee Sinha is from Kolkata, India.

She is an Outstanding Performer winner declared by the  Dover Lane Music Conference. 

Friday 10th October 2014 | Free | Nehru Centre 

Friday, October 10, 2014
Jhinook Mukherjee

Ekalya ( 'Solo' or' the one') is an intimate crafting of dance and live music from leading kathak dancer Sonia Sabri

The stunning production, fresh from the summer festivals,  features live music from an ensemble of musicians including sitar, vocal and tabla from world renowned Sarvar Sabri.

Sonia Sabri and Gulam Sarvar Sabri. Accompanied by Sarvar Sabri - Tabla

Saturday 11th October 2014 | 6.00pm | Bhavan Centre

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Sonia Sabri Company
Nishat Khan: Sitar Recital

Following a highly successful appearance at the BBC Proms in 2013 when his sitar concerto Gate of the Moon was premièred, we now have a rare chance to listen to a solo performance by Ustad Nishat Khan, virtuoso sitar player and leading light of one of the most famous music families in the North Indian classical tradition.

His father is Ustad Imrat Khan and his uncle is the late Ustad Vilayat Khan.  Nishat has performed and worked with a diversity of legends including Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Paco Peña, Evelyn Glennie and has also composed for films.

Nishat is accompanied on tabla by Shahbaz Hussain who has emerged as one of the most promising and exciting tabla players of his generation. 

Sunday 12th October 2014 | 7 pm | £28, £26, £20, £15 | Cadogan Hall, London

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Nishat Khan, Shahbaz Hussain
Masters of Percussion: Zakir Hussain

Tabla master Zakir Hussain returns to the Barbican with a hand-picked group of India’s finest young musicians, with a classical repertoire of ragas and talas at the heart of a group that explores the frontier between traditional and contemporary.

Zakir’s spectacular tabla solos are one of the great sights and sounds in music today – a virtuoso at the very height of his creative powers, accompanied by Rakesh Chaurasia (bansoori), Ganesh Rajagopalan (violin), Sridar Parthasarathy (mridangam & kanjira), Navin Sharma (dholak) and T.H.V. Umashankar (ghatam).

Saturday 18th October 2014 | 19:30 | £10–35 plus booking fee | Barbican Hall

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ganesh Rajagopalan, Navin Sharma, Rakesh Chaurasia, Sridar Parthasarathy, T.H.V. Umashankar., Zakir Hussain
Yerma (Pulse Dance Club choice)

Amina Khayyam Dance Co present a kathak interpretation of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s anguishing story of Yerma, who suffers heart breaking social torment of a childless marriage that forces her to commit a horrific and an irrevocable act. Lorca’s savage yet poetical lyrical play set in rural patriarchal and religiously repressive Spain is re-imagined as an Indian classical dance for an inner city British community.

The performance will be accompanied by live music including tabla artist Debasish Mukherjee and vocalist Lucy Rahman. Amina Khayyam is one of UK’s leading south Asian dance artists, who makes new work using kathak as the main core of a piece, but uses cross-form mediums in her narrative.

Saturday 25th October 2014 | 7.30 pm | £10 (£5 concessions) | Newcastle Performance Academy, Newcastle College, NE4 7SA | Box Office: GemArts on 0191 440 4124 or info@gemarts.org

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Amina Khayyam Company