A triple bill of contemporary South Asian dance presented by pioneering dance organisation Akademi.

Akademi presents Seeta Patel's First Light, plus two new contemporary commissions created by the recipients of the Choreogata Artist Development Programme – Divya Kasturi and Urja Desai Thakore.

First Light is in an interplay between dance, music, light and space choreographed by Bharatanatyam dancer Seeta Patel and composed by John Metcalfe. This piece combines the aesthetics of contemporary and Bharatanatyam dance and takes inspiration from the age-old concepts of good overcoming evil, light overcoming darkness, and the divine female energy of the Hindu goddess Durga in her nine incarnations.

Alongside First Light, Akademi presents two new pieces of work. FYP – Forgot Your Password by Divya Kasturi, exploring technology and virtual identity and Detox by Urja Desai Thakore who creates complex contemporary movements from classical Indian styles.

Akademi is a cutting-edge organisation that works to encourage excellence in the practice of South Asian dance in Britain. Choreogata supports up-and-coming contemporary South Asian choreographers in the UK. These artists provide a fresh take on the South Asian performing arts tradition, and dare to take risks with adventurous choreography.

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 27 February
Post-show discussion. Free