News: Dance on the agenda

Tuesday 5 October 2010

Perhaps not the most obvious venue for contemporary dance, this year’s Conservative Party conference in Birmingham was opened on Sunday with a performance by locally based Sonia Sabri and company, who blend classical Indian Kathak and contemporary dance.

Another locally based dance artist appears today. Rosie Kay will be dancing with Chris Linda in her duet *Double Points K* in the conference centre Symphony Hall. Taking dance to unconventional places is one of Rosie’s strong points. Earlier this year her company performed Five Soldiers – a work she made in response to a residency with 4th Battalion The Rifles – at the Rifles Club, Mayfair. As part of the Cultural Olympiad she is creating a large scale work on the Severn Valley Railway which will perform in July next year.

The performances are part of Conference Arts a programme presented by Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport), which also involves the Ikon Gallery and South Asian Arts Development Agency SAMPAD.

Meanwhile, other local arts organisations are making their presence felt outside the conference venue, with the contemporary art gallery Eastside Projects and Turner Prize nominated artist Mark Titchner organising a campaign to publicise the campaign to highlight the social and economic value of the UK’s cultural activity: Save the Arts

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