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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
A Thousand Faces

"a heresy to burn a book, but acceptable to burn a woman…"

Using classical kathak dance with puppetry, Amina Khayyam Dance Company presents a story of A Thousand Faces of women who are discriminately attacked because of their gender.

A Thousand Faces 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 physically and emotionally scarred. In Pakistan, for example, many reported assailants, typically a husband or someone else close to the victim, receive minimal to no punishment from the state.

After the performance there will be a Q & A with Amina Khayyam and Jaf Shah from Acid Survivors Trust International.

Thursday 27th November 2014 | 8pm | Tickets £14 (£12 |  Age 8+ Plus post show Q&A (30 mins) | mac Birmingham

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Amina Khayyam Dance Company
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

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/

Saturday, November 29, 2014
ATMA Dance, Mayuri Boonham
Eye of the Beholder

Contemporary paintings, stunning textiles, exquisite gold and silver objects, dazzling Calligraphy from the Muslim World and distinctive ceramics and glass: these form part of Bradford Museums and Galleries distinctive International Art Collection acquired over the last 25 years.

Members of Bradford's public played a key role along with the various curators involved in developing the approach to the collection. This enabled objects from different cultures, chronologies and themes to be brought together. Indian miniature paintings, Hindu wooden sculptures, 20th century South Asian textiles and garments and the work of contemporary British and South Asian based artists and makers including Peter Sanders, Gillies Jones, Sutapa Biswas, Balraj Khanna, Zarina Bhimji, Roshni Kempadoo, Jamini Roy, Bhupen Khakhar, Manu Parekh, Mohammed Ali, Loretta Braganza to name a few.

The Eye of the Beholder is an exhibition that will display many of these items, a few of which have not been viewed before.

Saturday 29th November 2014 – Sunday 15th Mar 2015 | Cartwright Hall, Bradford

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Playing Another

Playing Another twists perceptions of what dance is, who can dance and who enjoys it.

Candoco, the renowned contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, presents an evening of two new full-company works by Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert and celebrated visual artist Hetain Patel.

Thomas Hauert’s Notturnino, is a playful and poetic work inspired by retired opera singers.

Celebrated visual artist Hetain Patel has created a humorous piece that builds on an exploration of the dancers individual personalities and physicalities, interrogating what identity is and how it is formed, challenging audiences to think beyond surface appearances.

This is an entertaining and fun programme that invites the audience to get up close and personal with the dancers, revealing the many facets of Candoco Dance Company.

"Subtle and passionate" (The Times)

"A real pleasure to watch" (The Guardian)

"Delicious and very funny" (The Observer)

Tuesday 9th Deember – Wednesday 10th December 2014 | 7.30 pm | £20 / £15 | Queen Elizabeth Hal

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Hetain Patel, Thomas Hauert
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

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/

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
ATMA Dance, Mayuri Boonham
Serendipity Revealed - Sri Lankan Contemporary Art

The last week of this exhibition.

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.

Until Saturday 20th December 2014 | Brunei Gallery

 

Monday, December 15, 2014
A Thousand Faces

"a heresy to burn a book, but acceptable to burn a woman…"

Using classical kathak dance with puppetry, Amina Khayyam Dance Company presents a story of A Thousand Faces of women who are discriminately attacked because of their gender.

A Thousand Faces 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 physically and emotionally scarred. In Pakistan, for example, many reported assailants, typically a husband or someone else close to the victim, receive minimal to no punishment from the state.

After the performance there will be a Q & A with Amina Khayyam and Jaf Shah from Acid Survivors Trust International.

Thursday 26th February 2015 | The Hat Factory, Luton

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Amina Khayyam Dance Company
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