Event Listings @ Pulse Connects

Performance By
Gnosis

Drawing from sources both ancient and modern, Gnosis is inspired in part by the Hindu epic the Mahabharata and the story of Gandhari, the wife of the blind king who blindfolds herself for life to share his journey. As her family becomes embroiled in an internecine war, Gnosis explores notions of inner knowledge and clouded vision, experiencing darkness while being blind to light.

One of the world's most original and exciting dance artists, Akram Khan's inimitable style combines kathak dance with his contemporary dance roots. Pursuing the idea of the 'knowledge within', Gnosis is an exploration of the inner and outer battles of characters, the human and the godly on a pathway of transformation culminating in a shattering conclusion.

Khan is accompanied on stage by an ensemble of exceptional musicians from around the world and acclaimed dancer Fang-Yi Sheu from Taiwan.

This revival of Gnosis has been commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival.

Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st August 2014 | King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Akram Khan Company
Punjeet and Judy Gee (Bollywood Style) Show

Aftab Khan aka Prof Patel, Britain's first Asian Punch & Judy Professor drawing on his diverse background has merged the traditions of the sometimes tempestuous anglo-asian relationship with the turbulent tradition of Punch and Judy - presenting Mr Punch or Punjeet and his wife Judygee in a traditional style but pulling him firmly into the 21st century and multicultural Britain with a dash of Bollywood panache.

Prof Patel's Asian influenced show includes lots of fun multi-cultural characters drawn from the diversity of modern day Britain including the popular Dr Singh who likes to go Ping. Upbeat and funny, Prof Patels Punjeet and Judy Gee Show is a wonderful combination of the tradtional and modern - keeping Mr Punch at the centre of the action whilst making the show relevent to modern multi-cultural Britain. 30min length approx.  Part of Wardown Big Summer

Saturday 19th August 2014 | 1.30 – 2 pm | £3 Child/Adult | Wardown Park Museum

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Prof. Patel
Devdas

As part of a three-week series of films screened in the Royal Festival Hall during the Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, the 21st-century classic Devdas, starring Shah Rukh Khan, brings together romance, sacrifice, great songs and fabulous costumes in the ultimate love story.

Immerse yourself in this 2002 box-office sensation on the big screen, as Royal Festival Hall is transformed into a 2,000-seat cinema.

Thursday 21st August 2014 | 7.30 pm | £10 | Royal Festival Hall

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Charulata (The Lonely Wife)

Opening on 22 August 2014 at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide Satyajit Ray’s own favourite of his films, set in late 19th-century Bengal, boasts a marvellously vital Victorian heroine: Charulata, spellbindingly portrayed by Madhabi Mukherjee, is beautiful, intellectual and dangerously bored.

Now newly restored, Ray’s masterpiece will be released in UK cinemas on 22 August.

Racing from window to window in her vast, ornate mansion, Charulata spies hungrily on the outside world through opera glasses. Her wealthy husband Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee), the high-minded editor of a political journal, is too preoccupied with the latest tax legislation and the forthcoming English election (Disraeli v Gladstone) to pay much attention to his wife. Somewhat unwisely, he invites his charming younger cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee, who previously starred in Ray’s The World of Apu) to come and keep her company. An aspiring writer who shares Charulata’s passion for poetry, Amal is keen to encourage her literary talent …

This is a household of seething, suppressed emotions, subtly revealed by Subrata Mitra’s eloquent camera. A richly atmospheric soundtrack – bird song, horses’ hooves, the cry of the kulfi vendor – evokes the wider world, while Ray’s wistful score and the romantic songs beloved of Charulata and Amal heighten the sense of longing.

Adapted from a 1901 novella, Nastanirh (The Broken Nest) by the great Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata was described by its director as ‘the one film I would make the same way if I had to do it again’. Enthusiastically received at home and abroad, Charulata was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Direction at the Berlin Film Festival of 1965. Fifty years on, this big screen revival should not be missed.

Friday 22 August – Thursday 18 September 2014 | BFI Southbank

22-28 August | Irish Film Institute, Dublin

22-28 August | Watershed, Bristol

18 September | Hebden Bridge Picturehouse

28 September New Park Chichester

13 October Saffron Screen

22 October Plough Arts Centre

Friday, August 22, 2014
Sikh Fortress Turban: Final Weeks

Sikh Fortress Turban

Unravel the stories of the Sikh turban and discover how and why turbans symbolise Sikh faith and identity. This display features the Sikh Fortress Turban on loan from the British Museum as part of the national museum’s Spotlight Tour programme.

This unique item known as a Dastaar Boonga or fortress turban was worn by a group of skilled warrior Sikhs called Akali Nihangs which protected the head in battle, comprising original weapons including daggers, swords and metal throwing discs secured on a replica indigo dyed turban.

This is a rare opportunity for visitors to view an historic object from a world class national collection and to explore the intriguing story of the Sikh warriors.

The display is supported by a programme of events and activities for schools, families and community groups.

A Spotlight Tour from the British Museum. Presented with Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

Saturday 23rd August – Sunday 16th November 2014 | Free | Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Sunderland, SR1 1PP

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Ascension

Using various forms of classical Indian dance, this outdoor promenade performance attracts audiences into an ascension of the fifth sphere of Dante’s circles of heaven described in the epic poem the Divine Comedy. Both intimate and powerful, this piece will draw parallels between Mars, as the ruler of the warriors of faith with Mangala and its Vedic astrological interpretation.

This piece forms a part of a large scale outdoor secret garden production. More information will follow soon. Follow @Akademi or on Facebook for more updates.

Choreographed by Manuela Benini, produced and commissioned by Akademi.

Music by Ash Madni.

Saturday 23rd August 2014 |  12pm/3pm/5.30pm | St. John’s Church, London

Saturday 30th August 2014 | 6pm/7.15pm | Mintfest, Kendal

Sunday 31st August | 1.30pm/2.45pm | Mintfest, Kendal

Saturday 6th September | Urban Moves, Manchester

akademi.co.uk/whats-on/ascension/

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Akademi
The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan

Asian Arts Agency presents the spectacular Dhoad Gypsies, the celebrated poets, musicians, dancers and troubadours of Maharajas, Rajasthan at this year's Edinburgh Mela

From a rich musical legacy that spans seven generations, four brothers from the esteemed musical tribe caste of Rajasthan are at the centre of the group. Having performed all over the world, their music is respected for its emotion, rhythmic speed and complexity. Evoking a trance-like state for the audience and performer, the Dhoad Gypsies embark on a rapturous journey with love, peace and honour at the centre of their message.

Saturday 30th August 2014 | 6 pm | £4. U12 £0 | @Edinburgh Mela, Leith Links, Edinburgh

Sunday 31st August 2014 | 5.30pm | £4, U12 £0 | @ Edinburgh Mela, Leith Links, Edinburgh

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Dhoad Gypsies
Fleeting Moments

A performance to welcome people living with dementia and their companions.

This family and dementia friendly, heart warming, joyous dance and music performance has evolved in consultation & collaboration with people living with dementia and their caregivers.

‘Fleeting moments to lift our collective spirits.’

There will be three short sections of Indian, Chinese and Contemporary dance to live music, with two breaks and opportunities for sensitively led audience participation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGbEfT-7un0

Friday 5th September 2014 | 2 – 3.30 pm | £7/£5 (concessions available to those living in care, or with dementia) |  The Bluecoat, School Lane , Liverpool | Tickets and Information 0151 702 5324 

Friday, September 5, 2014
Chaturangan
Fleeting Moments

A performance to welcome people living with dementia and their companions.

This family and dementia friendly, heart warming, joyous dance and music performance has evolved in consultation & collaboration with people living with dementia and their caregivers.

‘Fleeting moments to lift our collective spirits.’

There will be three short sections of Indian, Chinese and Contemporary dance to live music, with two breaks and opportunities for sensitively led audience participation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGbEfT-7un0

Friday 5th September 2014 | 2 – 3.30 pm | £7/£5 (concessions available to those living in care, or with dementia) |  The Bluecoat, School Lane , Liverpool | Tickets and Information 0151 702 5324 

On Sunday 14th September Bisakha Sarker will be leading a workshop at the Elixir Festival at Sadlers Wells.  

From 12 – 15 September 2014, Sadler's Wells' renowned Company of elders hosts a four day festival feature dance performances, international artists, seminars, masterclasses and workshops.

The festival will celebrate lifelong creativity and the legacy of older artists whos cataloge of work has changed the art form and continues to influence the future of dance.

Sunday 14th September 2014 | Sadlers Wells

Friday, September 5, 2014
Bisakha Sarker
Charulata (The Lonely Wife)

The last two weeks of the BFI's run of Charulata.

Satyajit Ray’s own favourite of his films, set in late 19th-century Bengal, boasts a marvellously vital Victorian heroine: Charulata, spellbindingly portrayed by Madhabi Mukherjee, is beautiful, intellectual and dangerously bored.

Now newly restored, Ray’s masterpiece will be released in UK cinemas on 22 August.

Racing from window to window in her vast, ornate mansion, Charulata spies hungrily on the outside world through opera glasses. Her wealthy husband Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee), the high-minded editor of a political journal, is too preoccupied with the latest tax legislation and the forthcoming English election (Disraeli v Gladstone) to pay much attention to his wife. Somewhat unwisely, he invites his charming younger cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee, who previously starred in Ray’s The World of Apu) to come and keep her company. An aspiring writer who shares Charulata’s passion for poetry, Amal is keen to encourage her literary talent …

This is a household of seething, suppressed emotions, subtly revealed by Subrata Mitra’s eloquent camera. A richly atmospheric soundtrack – bird song, horses’ hooves, the cry of the kulfi vendor – evokes the wider world, while Ray’s wistful score and the romantic songs beloved of Charulata and Amal heighten the sense of longing.

Adapted from a 1901 novella, Nastanirh (The Broken Nest) by the great Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata was described by its director as ‘the one film I would make the same way if I had to do it again’. Enthusiastically received at home and abroad, Charulata was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Direction at the Berlin Film Festival of 1965. Fifty years on, this big screen revival should not be missed.

Friday 22 August – Thursday 18 September 2014 | BFI Southbank

22-28 August | Irish Film Institute, Dublin

22-28 August | Watershed, Bristol

18 September | Hebden Bridge Picturehouse

28 September New Park Chichester

13 October Saffron Screen

22 October Plough Arts Centre

Monday, September 8, 2014