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Between the Notes Festival: Saturday and Sunday Family Workshops

Between the Notes follows the successful one-day Seminar Between the Lines held in Autumn 2014 which examined the legacy of the Bengali poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore.

Saturday (ticketed) and Sunday (free) Family Workshops

Get kids connecting to the arts- something for every interest from beat-boxing to bollywood dancing and rice painting.

SATURDAY 28th FEBRUARY |  £10 2 adults + 2 children; £6 one adult + two children, £6 adult only | RIch Mix info & booking

11.00-12.00 Alpana, painting with rice and colour with Ansuman Biswas, suitable for all ages.

12.00-1.00 Exploring voice and learning a song with Ranjana Ghatak

 

1.00 - 1.30 FREE Dance Performance:

            1.00-1.10 Odissi Dance with Mayuri Dancers

            1.10 -1.20 Bharatanatyam Dance with Stella Subbiah adult group

            1.20-1.30  Première kathak to Bach with Parbati Chaudhury (kathak) and May Robertson (violin)

 

2.00-3.00 Kathak dance, line and number games with Parbati Chaudhury

3.00-4.00 Beat-boxing with Jason Singh

 

SUNDAY 1st MARCH

11.00-12.00 Make an origami bird with Kamal Husain

12.00-1.00 Paint a bird with Aurogeeta Das

1.00-1.30 Dance performance Kali Chandrasegaram

2.00-2.15 Bollywood Dance with Sita Thomas/Poetry workshop with Jean Riley

2.15-3.00 Bollywood Dance open to all

11am -3pm FREE | Rich Mix

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ansuman Biswas, Aurogeeta Das, Jason Singh, Jean Riley, Kali Chandrasegaram, Kamal Hussain, May Robertson, Mayuri Dancers, Parbati Chaudhury, Ranjana Ghatak, Sita Thomas, Stella Subbiah group
Between the Notes Festival: Tagore New Voices and Decreasing Infinity

TAGORE NEW VOICES

DECREASING INFINITY

In an effort to breathe new life into Rabindra dance, Kadam/Pulse with the Tagore Centre supported the initial development of three dance pieces following an open call-out. Performed at the Between the Lines Seminar on 27th November 2014 to an enthusiastic reception, we present the dances in a theatre setting for the first time.

The performance opens with an extraordinary curtain raiser: vocal sculptor and beatboxer Jason Singh and singer Ranjana Ghatak collaborate in vocal explorations of Indian melody and rhythm textures.

Established kathak artist Urja Thakore teams up with composer Mrityunjoy in a piece based upon Tagore's poem Praan and its Gujarati translation by Jhaverchand Meghani. The excitement of the sound rhythms intertwining in the two languages, further enhanced by footwork creates a dynamic matched by Urja's fine abhinaya (expression). A sound score of cello, voice and percussion evokes the two aspects of life- destruction and creation, in an endless cycle.

Arunima Kumar and Sohini Alam bring the ancient tale of Kacha and Devyani into a twenty-first century context, examining notions of duty, love, betrayal and revenge in The Curse. A kuchipudi dancer par excellence, Arunima is exploring ways to make her classical art speak to audiences of today. Working in partnership with Bengali singer Sohini Alam, the duo match each other as feisty female figures unafraid to confront the dark side of human nature.

Katie Ryan, odissi dancer, and singer Ranjana Ghatak, together explore the transcendental aspect of Tagore's thought in My Soul Is Alight.

The second half features Leeds-based Balbir Singh Dance Company’s Decreasing Infinity. Balbir Singh’s twin training in contemporary and kathak styles is pushed into new and emotionally exhilarating territory in this highly- charged duet dramatically accompanied by human beatbox and live tabla.

Saturday 28th February 2015 | 7.30 pm | £10 / £8 conc. | Rich Mix

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Arunima Kumar, Balbir Singh Company, Jason Singh, Jataneel Banerjee, Katie Ryan, Ranjana Ghatak, Sohini Alam, Urja Thakore
Between the Notes Festival: A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters: Shakti and Seva - staged reading

Exploring the birth of the 'modern' sari as a representation of female emancipation, Shakti and Seva explores the relationship between society's 'good girl' and her sexually free, autonomous sister.

Traversing 1800 Bengal to modern day India, this piece charts the history of the feminist movement in India as it begins in the Tagore household and asks what happens when a nation can not agree on what a woman is.

Cast: Ravin Ganatra, Balvinder Sopal,  Harvey Virdi

Written by Sharmila Chauhan

Directed by Pooja Ghai 

Sunday 1st March | 3 pm | FREE | Rich Mix

Part of the Between the Notes Festival. 

Between the Notes follows the successful one-day Seminar Between the Lines held in Autumn 2014 which examined the legacy of the Bengali poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. To breathe new life into the genres of Tagore music and dance, dance works with live vocals were commissioned which will première at the Festival. In the spirit of Tagore, Between the Notes combines art forms such as world music, dance and spoken word with opportunities to watch performance and participate in activities as varied as beat-boxing, rice painting and poetry writing.

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Balvinder Sopal, Harvey Virdi, Pooja Ghai, Ravin Ganatra, Sharmila Chauhan
Between the Notes Festival: Like a River to the Sea

Like a River to the Sea is the new debut album from Jahnavi Harrison - a mixture of devotional mantras and songs of the bhakti tradition, set to soulful and unusual instrumentation that conveys the mood and deep expression of each piece – from the West African kora harp and the Western cello to the fluid sound of South Indian classical violin.

Jahnavi was born and raised in a family of bhakti yoga practitioners at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, trained in both Indian and Western classical dance and music, as well as writing and visual arts. After graduating with a BA in Linguistics and Creative Writing, she travelled internationally with the sacred music band, Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits, for five years. She helps run ‘Kirtan London’ and writes regularly on her blog - The Little Conch (www.littleconch.com).

Jatanil Banerjee is a singer/songwriter from India currently based in London. In 2006 he was awarded a scholarship to study Advanced Composition at the Royal College of Music, UK (the first Indian from India to do so). He regularly writes new music and also collaborates with other artists on various music projects.

Since winning a Kadam/Pulse commission last year he has set upon the task of understanding works by Rabindranath Tagore and is using this as a stimulus for creating new work. More information available on his website http://www.jatanilbanerjee.com.

Sunday 1st March | 6pm £8, £6 concs / Upstairs | Rich Mix

Part of the Between the Notes Festival.

Between the Notes follows the successful one-day Seminar Between the Lines held in Autumn 2014 which examined the legacy of the Bengali poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. To breathe new life into the genres of Tagore music and dance, dance works with live vocals were commissioned which will première at the Festival. In the spirit of Tagore, Between the Notes combines art forms such as world music, dance and spoken word with opportunities to watch performance and participate in activities as varied as beat-boxing, rice painting and poetry writing.

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Jahnavi Harrison, Jatanil Banerjee
Carnatic Nomad with a Violin

British-Indian violinist and composer Jyotsna Srikanth is known for her versatility and ability to collaborate with different genres seamlessly and with ease. She is intensely rooted in South Indian classical music alongside having formal Western classical music education; her violin playing is noted for its blend of 'bhava' (musical expression and emotion) and highly developed technique honed over three decades. As a performer and composer she has explored lush ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of contemporary flavours including jazz, Irish folk, flamenco, blues, Western classical and ‘Bollywood’ music. This evening she will present her recent solo album release ‘Carnatic Nomad’.

Monday 16th March 2015 | 7 pm | Free | Brunei Gallery Lecture theatre, SOAS

Part of the SOAS Concert Series

Monday, March 16, 2015
Jyotsa Srikanth