performance & dance

Descendants by Akademi

Cross spiritual and physical borders in South Asian dance works by three female choreographers: Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri and Gauri Sharma Tripathi.

Eve Rising, a solo choreographed by Mayuri Boonham, is a tribute to the courage and power of women. Understated dance pairs with sublime post-minimalist music to shine a new creative light on the expressive vocabulary of Bharatanatyam.

The piece is performed by Archana Ballal to Peter Garland’s Apple Blossom, with music from a Royal Birmingham Conservatoire percussion ensemble including Andrew Woolcock, a BBC Young Musician for 2016.

Sonia Sabri’s Spill, performed by Sabri herself, expresses a determination to break free from society’s narrow perceptions and be free from negativity and restriction.

Inspired by Sufi philosophy and religious ritual, Sabri uses the intricate language of Kathak dance to express the yearnings of the soul in a call to celebrate, to overflow with love, compassion, humility and fearlessness.

The evening also premieres Silhouette – The Borderline, a group piece performed by artists from ANKH Dance exploring the multiple challenges women across the world face in reaching and crossing borders.

With roots in Indian classical and influences from theatre and contemporary dance, this is the newest work from choreographers Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Ashley Lobo, and is set to Niraj Chag’s music inspired by African rhythms and percussion.

Dates & times

29 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 85 mins
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Purcell Room


£12 - £15
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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