News: Trafalgar Square Festival

Thursday 9 August 2007

This year’s Trafalgar Square Festival takes inspiration from the Mayor of London’s India Now season, with three weeks of breathtaking outdoor dance, theatre and spectacle, designed to illustrate the creative connections between London and India.

This week’s performances, 9 to 12 August include:

Quick! By Nina Rajarani (UK), winner of the 2006 Place Prize, Europe’s largest choreographic competition, a new outdoor version of her acclaimed evocation of the hurly burly of the corporate business world with fast paced Bharatanatyam choreography and dynamic integration of dancers and musicians.

Nagaranthara, by the internationally acclaimed, Bangalore based Attakkalari Centre, evokes the sights and sounds of the streets of India in an exciting new site specific performance featuring dance, theatre – plus choreographed motor scooters!

Juggernaut – Tara in the Sky by Tara Arts, one of the ‘s leading South Asian theatre companies is a powerful theatrical ritual celebrating the relationship between and London . Inspired by the deity that feeds modern cities Tara’s spectacle of dance and music literally soars into the sky about Trafalgar Square in a riot of colour.

Bells is an international collaboration between Theatre Tol / Naresh Kapuria / Akademi. This breathtaking collaborative spectacle features one of ‘s leading artists Naresh Kapuria, whose exquisite installations are created from hundreds of tiny bells. These bells will be echoed by the anklets worn by Akademi’s kathak dancers in dynamic choreography across Trafalgar Square before a vision overhead from Theater Tol creates a triumphant climax.

More details,
www.london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare/

See the latest image of the Festival’s first weekend, 2 – 5 August, featuring Dreaming Now by Akademi.

Photo credit: Hayley Madden

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