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Ex Nihilo/The Human Edge

ATMA Dance presents: Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

A pair of conceptually complementary works by Mayuri Boonham.

Two brand new works, Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge, draw on the epic creation myths of sacred Indian texts to explore the ancient questions of creation and human life through dance. Ex Nihilo is an expression of the poetic thinking and abstract imagery questioning the time before the Big Bang whilst The Human Edge draws inspiration from the aspect of the universe that is perceivably within our grasp - the human angle.

Based on the story of Sati the choreography evokes the drama of Sati’s life and death as a metaphor of a star. Featuring sound installation from Bill Fontana and music composed by Boonham's long-term collaborators, Midival Punditz.

Principally commissioned by The Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet Studio Programme and co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West, supported using public funding by Arts Council England. For more information visit www.atmadance.com

Thursday 30th October 2014 | 7.30pm | Pavilion Dance South West, Westover Road, Bournemouth BN1 2BU Box Office: 01202 203603 | www.pdsw.org.uk

Saturday 29th November 2014 | 7.30pm | Newcastle College Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7SA |Box Office: 0191 440 4124 www.gemarts.org

Wednesday 10th December 2014 | 7.30pm | Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford Box Office: 01483 686876 | www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/whatson/

Thursday, October 30, 2014
ATMA Dance, Mayuri Boonham
Rhythm Diaries

British-Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger is a rhythmic visionary who has unified the percussion traditions of India and the West.

In Rhythm Diaries, Bernhard takes his audience on an exciting voyage through melody and rhythm, weaving together stories of his extensive travels, encounters with many great musicians and how these influences have shaped his personal journey today.

Thursday 30th October | 7.30pm | £10 / £5 | Embrace Arts, Leicester

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Bernhard Schimpelsberger
Diwali Celebrations

Diwali Celebrations 1st November 2014

Gateshead Visible Ethnic Minority Support Group (GVEMSG) and GemArts will be laying on a fantastic evening of music, food and celebrations at their annual Diwali Festival.

Join in the festivities with friends and family with entertainment from regional musicians, performers and DJ’s spinning the very best Bhangra and Bollywood tunes

Saturday 1st November 2014 | £5 Family Ticket (group of up to 5 people) | 7 pm | Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, NE8 1HH | Box Office: 0191 440 4124 www.gemarts.org

Saturday, November 1, 2014
He Who Tells a Story

Akademi presents an evening with Abhay Shankar Mishra who will create a kathak experience through his performance.

The evening will be comprised of both classical and contemporary interpretations of kathak.

For tickets and more information see: http://akademi.co.uk/whats-on/he-who-tells-a-story/

The performance will be followed by Akademi Adda, a new kathak jam uniting kathak artists of all levels together for a relaxed event.  More information coming soon. Keep an eye on Akademi's website www.akademi.co.uk for updates.

Saturday 1st November 2014 | 7.30pm | £10 / £8 concession | 9pm Club Night £5 | Joint Ticket £12 / £10 concessions| Rich Mix

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Abhay Shankar Misra

A new collaboration between two highly respected award-winning dance artists, Akram Khan and Israel Galván.

In just over a decade Akram Khan has created an imaginative, highly accessible and relevant body of work including productions such as DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and Dust

The multi-award-winning Israel Galván has been at the forefront of contemporary flamenco for 20 years. Galván is known for his innovative choreography and exquisite dancing technique.

Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th November 2014 |  7.30 pm (no performance Thursday) | £12 – £38 | Sadler's Wells

Monday, November 3, 2014
Akram Khan, Israel Galván
Mohan Veena concert

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Creator of the Mohan Veena and the winner of the Grammy Award, Vishwa Mohan has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. It is due to Vishwa’s maiden mega effort that he rechristened his guitar as Mohan Veena, his genius creation and has established it at the top most level in the mainstream of Indian Classical Music. 

Friday 7th November 2014 | 7.45 pm | £12 (concessions available) / Family Ticket £30 for 4 people (at least one under 18) | Box Office: 0191 443 4661 or visit Sage Gateshead to book your tickets.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

A new play by David Hare, based on the book by Katherine Boo

Meera Syal returns to the National Theatre in this epic new play by David Hare, directed by Rufus Norris, based on Katherine Boo’s award-winning and uncompromising book.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own.

500 £15 Travelex Tickets available for every performance

From 10 November 2014 | £15/£25/£35 500 / £15 Travelex tickets available for every performance / Reduced prices for previews 10 & 11 November | Olivier Theatre

You can read Gopa Roy's review of the book for Pulse here.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Meera Syal
Rambert: Triptych

Rambert: Triptych – Mark Baldwin, Shobana Jeyasingh, Ashley Page.

"A showcase for the kind of exciting work for which Rambert is famous” (The Times)

The discovery of the 'God Particle' inspires The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, the new work by Rambert's Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. The dancers fizz with the energy of the miniscule building blocks that created life, the universe and everything.

Subterrain is a sensuous, enigmatic voyage underground, created by former Scottish Ballet Director Ashley Page – “a compelling piece, immaculately danced” (The Guardian).

The programme is completed by a first work for Rambert by ground-breaking choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh.

Accompanied by live orchestral music, ranging from JS Bach to Mark-Anthony Turnage, Triptych showcases the diversity and brilliance of Britain's national dance company.

Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd November 2014 | 7.30 pm | £12–£38 | Sadler's Wells

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Ashley Page, Mark Baldwin, Shobana Jeyasingh
Sacred Monsters

First performed in 2006, Sacred Monsters is the hugely acclaimed collaboration between Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan. Together, the pair explore the dynamics and language of two great classical dance forms, kathak and ballet, to produce a “five-star display of speed, precision and power” (The Guardian).

Used in France in the 19th century as a nickname for theatre’s biggest stars, Sacred Monsters is a term that marks the birth of contemporary stardom, in which the icons of the arts and sports worlds are given divine status by their audience and the media. The pressure of living up to these expectations leaves no room for failure, self-expression or emotion. The divine status becomes inhuman, monstrous. 

Sacred Monsters features additional choreography by Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Lin Hwai-min, Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, and music created by Philip Sheppard.

***** "An exhilarating evening of humour, charm and extraordinary tenderness" (Sunday Telegraph)

Tuesday 25th – Saturday 29th November 2014 | 7.30 pm | £12 – £52 | Sadler's Wells

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem
A Thousand Faces

Using classical kathak dance with puppetry, Amina Khayyam Dance Company presents a story of A Thousand Faces of women who are often caught up within cultural expectations and discriminately attacked because of their gender.  

The production aims to raise awareness of acid violence. Acid attacks against women are a worldwide phenomenon and are not restricted to any race, religion or region; cases of attacks have been reported in the UK and occur in many countries in the South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East. These are the reported cases…however numerous cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are left physically and emotionally scarred. In many reported cases the assailants, typically a husband or someone else close to the victim, receive minimal to no punishment.

Amina Khayyam is a regular visiting artist at mac birmingham, where she has previously presented the experimental Laal Shaari, which combined live art process with kathak movement and her highly-acclaimed interpretation of Lorca’s Yerma. She has also appeared at the mac in Sonia Sabri’s Red and zeroculture‘s production of Find Me Amongst The Black.  

She is acclaimed for her progressive work within kathak’s intricate and detailed theatrical movements of abhinaya which is used in A Thousand Faces.

Thursday 27th November | 8pm | £14 (£12) | mac birmingham

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Amina Khayyam Dance Company