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Darbar Festival

DARBAR FESTIVAL

Indian classical music’s rich and expressive tradition contains a number of schools and styles – all of which can be explored at the Darbar Festival.

Now a regular part of Southbank Centre's classical music season, Darbar Festival returns to bring the best of Indian classical music to London.

Wednesday 17th September – Sunday 21st September 2014 | Southbank Centre

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ajay Joglekar, Bharat Bhushan Goswami, Kousic Sen, Nityanand Haldipur, Prabhu Edouard, Prashant Mallick, Prem Kumar Mallick, Suhbhankar Banerjee, Surdarshan Chana, Vinayak Torvi
Jagao Sudharobey –The Awakening

Jagao Sudharobey – The Awakening is based on selected Tagore songs and dances that adhere to the theme of awakening – both as observed within nature and within the human soul.

Featuring an ensemble of established and emerging singers, dancers, musicians and Tagore enthusiasts from London, this programme will be presented and conducted in English, to make it more universally accessible.

This is a new production by The Tagoreans – one of the oldest Bengali cultural organisations established in London and forms a precursor to the golden jubilee celebrations next year as The Tagoreans prepares to celebrate 50 years of its dedicated service to propagating and promoting Tagore's creative works across London and the UK.

Saturday 20th September 2014 | 6.30pm – 9.30pm | Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London

Tea and snacks will be available for sale during the interval

For tickets please contact Gairika Gupta (01707 696 343), Manoshi Barua (07754 889 469), Jyotsna Mukherjee (020 8807 0550), Aparna Gupta (020 8447 0850), Nivedita Bose (07957 323 756 or Jayanta Ray (07776 164 973)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Tagoreans
United Rhythms

Birmingham-born, classically trained tabla player and composer Mendi Mohinder Singh brings his  new work to The Drum as part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Mendi will perform alongside Birmingham Conservatoire’s Percussion Ensemble further to teaming up with them to produce three original compositions purely for orchestral percussion. Drawing on African, South American, American and Arabic styles and written in a Western classical context, this innovative work showcases his multi-skilled repertoire.

They will be joined by 7th Dan Samurai expert Fay Goodman, who will be demonstrating a four-hundred-year-old Japanese kata (choreographed martial art) , accompanied by Mendi playing the dhrupad style of Indian classical rhythm on tabla.

Supported by sampad and the Arts Council England

Saturday 20th September 2014 | 7.30pm| £8 (£6 concs) | Birmingham, The Drum

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Mendi Mohinder Singh
Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One’

The Great War's Forgotten Army: Final week

This landmark exhibition is part of a wider three-year project presented by the UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) to commemorate the remarkable but largely forgotten contribution and experiences of Sikh soldiers, as well as the families they left behind.

‘Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One’ is at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, until 28th September, and is the launch event of a three-year project to reveal the untold story of how one of the world's smaller communities played a disproportionately large role in the ‘war to end all wars’.

Wednesday 9th July – Sunday 28th September 2014 | 10.30 am - 5 pm | Brunei Gallery

Monday, September 22, 2014
Something Then, Something Now

Wild Card at Sadler's Wells returns with more specially curated evenings from a new generation of dance makers, bringing fresh perspectives to the stage. For each Wild Card, an up-and-coming artist is given the opportunity to present work that excites them alongside their own.

UK born and raised dance artist Seeta Patel has been championing bharatanatyam for many years. She has done so alongside forging a distinctive career in contemporary dance, performing with companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, and presenting work at Southbank Centre. Under the guidance of her teacher, the remarkable dancer Mavin Khoo, she has become a growing voice for the form.

Something Then, Something Now is an intimate evening of dance and music from South India, featuring an orchestra of Carnatic musicians. After a solo work by Patel, she offers a rare opportunity to see seasoned dancer and musician Pushkala Gopal in an up-close presentation of song and abhinaya (the expressional aspect of bharatanatyam). This evening is a chance to witness the inherent evolution of this most expressive dance form and see it grow into the future.

"It's not often you see a dancer who can bewitch an audience with only her hands, but Patel can"(Daily Telegraph)

Friday 26th September 2014 | 7.45 pm | £17 | Lilian Baylis Studio 

Friday, September 26, 2014
Pushkala Gopal, Seeta Patel
Something Then, Something Now

UK born and raised dance artist Seeta Patel has been championing bharatanatyam for many years. She has done so alongside forging a distinctive career in contemporary dance, performing with companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, and presenting work at Southbank Centre. Under the guidance of her teacher, the remarkable dancer Mavin Khoo, she has become a growing voice for the form.

Something Then, Something Now is an intimate evening of dance and music from South India, featuring an orchestra of Carnatic musicians. After a solo work by Patel, she offers a rare opportunity to see seasoned dancer and musician Pushkala Gopal in an up-close presentation of song and abhinaya (the expressional aspect of bharatanatyam).

 "It's not often you see a dancer who can bewitch an audience with only her hands, but Patel can" (Daily Telegraph)

Friday 26th September 2014 | 7.45 pm | £17 | Lilian Baylis Studio

Friday, September 26, 2014
Pushkala Gopal, Seeta Patel
Torobaka

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
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