News: Akademi goes to parliament

Wednesday 30 May 2012 by Carmel Smith

Akademi in Westminster Hall. [detail] Reproduced with the permission of Parliament.

Akademi, the London-based South Asian dance organisation is creating a site specific dance work to be performed in the historic 900-year-old interior of Westminster Hall this July. They have been selected to be part of *Arts in Parliament – a programme of performances and exhibitions celebrating artistic talent from across the UK in 2012, taking place in and around Westminster Hall from June to September 2012, fusing arts, heritage and media projects.

The big day for Akademi is Thursday 5 July. Their site specific dancework for Westminster Hall has been choreographed by Gauri Tripathi, (Southbank Centre artist-in-residence) together with Nathaniel Parchment and Shivani Sethia. Maaya will feature a dozen artists from a variety of genres including two circus performers. The finale will be performed by Priyadarsini Govind, one of India’s most talented and acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancers.

The July performance will be followed by a second community dance event at Westminster Hall on 10 August, celebrating the South Asian dance which exists in British communities, with participants from community organisations from London and the UK.

Frank Doran, Special MP for British Dance and Member of the Arts in Parliament Advisory Board, said: ‘We wanted a dance company which could optimise the opportunity of dancing in Westminster Hall – and Akademi already has an outstanding pedigree of producing work in inspiring and iconic spaces around London, including Somerset House and Trafalgar Square. But Akademi’s participation at Arts in Parliament is also an important representation for British dance during the Olympic year – and a chance to showcase a British-South Asian cultural fusion in such a historically important location.

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Photo: Akademi in Westminster Hall. Reproduced with the permission of UK Parliament.

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