ALCHEMY FESTIVAL (19 – 29 May) Southbank Centre

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Alchemy returns for its eighth year celebrating the cultural connections between South Asia and the UK.

Showcasing contemporary and artistic work from seven countries, the eleven day festival celebrates an evocative programme of dance and performance from emerging and established artists.

The London premiere of Ravi Shankar’s first ever opera Sukanya, written just before his passing and inspired by his wife and drawing on mythical characters, is an innovative production directed by Leicester Curve Associate Director Suba Das, fusing Indian music with dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by The Royal Opera and the musicians of Southbank Centre’s resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (19 May).

Powerful and innovative dance includes Conditions of Carriage – The Jumping project, a unique dance experience choreographed by Preethi Athreya where 10 contemporary performers from across India negotiate the force of gravity on the roof of Royal Festival Hall (21 May), Queen-size, a choreographed duet responding to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality in India, played out on a charpoy, a traditional Indian bed (19 May).

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, one of the world’s leading Indian Classical dance companies present their first international collaboration in Saṃhära, a union of two dance traditions that began in temples as ritual performance performed by The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and The Chitrasena Dance Company (26 May).

Southbank Centre’s YUVA returns for the sixth year in a vibrant showcase of the best South Asian youth dance from across the country (29 May) and Choreogata, a scratch performance presents new dance works from five talented South Asian choreographers (29 May). Intimate theatre pieces will explore the power of personal stories of family, imigration and diaspora with the UK premiere of No Dogs, No Indians, a powerful new play by poet and playwright Siddhartha Bose (21 May) and the multi-award winning performance Labels, a funny, moving and honest story about mixed heritage and immigration from writer and performer, Joe Sellman-Leava (27 May). Jyoti Dogra’s Notes on Chai, a collection of snippets of everyday conversations interwoven with abstract sound explorations attempts to relocate the audience’s relationship with the quotidian (25 & 26 May) and The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, a provocative play told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl, highlights the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences of London (23 – 24 May). YouTube sensation Mawaan Rizwan returns to Alchemy with his brand new show Twerk in Progress, celebrating the profound meaninglessness of life (25 May).

DANCE INTO ALCHEMY: BOLLYWOOD DANCE
Monday 17 & Monday 24 April, 7– 8:30pm, Spirit Level (Violet Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 18+, £24
Experienced dance instructors teach the basic and intermediate skills in three traditional and contemporary Indian dance styles, Bollywood, Odissi, and Kathak dance, in this six-week course leading up to Southbank Centre’s Alchemy. With two sessions on each dance form, the first session will give participants the opportunity to get to know the basics of each form, with the following week’s session the chance to boost the moves to the next level.
Participants can try all three dance forms in this one course to impress on their next night out and take to the floor at the Alchemy Social Dances as part of the Festival.

DANCE INTO ALCHEMY: ODISSI DANCE
Monday 1 & Monday 8 May, 7 – 8:30pm, Spirit Level (Violet Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 18+, £24
Experienced dance instructors teach the basic and intermediate skills in three traditional and contemporary Indian dance styles, Bollywood, odissi, and kathak dance, in this six-week course leading up to Southbank Centre’s Alchemy. With two sessions on each dance form, the first session will give participants the opportunity to get to know the basics of each form, with the following week’s session the chance to boost the moves to the next level.
Participants can try all three dance forms in this one course to impress on their next night out and take to the floor at the Alchemy Social Dances as part of the Festival.

DANCE INTO ALCHEMY: KATHAK DANCE
Monday 15 & Monday 22 May, 7 -– 8:30pm, Spirit Level (Violet Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 18+, £24
Experienced dance instructors teach the basic and intermediate skills in three traditional and contemporary Indian dance styles, Bollywood, odissi, and kathak dance, in this six-week course leading up to Southbank Centre’s Alchemy. With two sessions on each dance form, the first session will give participants the opportunity to get to know the basics of each form, with the following week’s session the chance to boost the moves to the next level.
Participants can try all three dance forms in this one course to impress on their next night out and take to the floor at the Alchemy Social Dances as part of the Festival.

RAVI SHANKARS OPERA SUKANYA
Friday 19 May, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £15-50
Sukanya, the first ever opera by world famous musician Ravi Shankar will open Alchemy 2017 in an extravagant production fusing traditional Indian instruments with Western orchestra, singers and dance. Taken from the legendary Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata, the story of Sukanya has been brought to life in this innovative production directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, with dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by The Royal Opera and the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

CONDITIONS OF CARRIAGE- THE JUMPING PROJECT
Sunday 21 May, 12pm & 7pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall roof, £15
10 contemporary performers from across India negotiate the force of gravity within their bodies within the space of a square pit in this unique dance experience on the roof of Royal Festival Hall. Choreographed by Preethi Athreya, the dancers will open themselves up to the surrounding public through the simple actions of jumping, walking, standing and sitting, reflecting upon the body and its physicality through the closeness of contact.

ALCHEMY SOCIAL DANCE: BHANGRA
Tuesday 23 May, 2 – 4:30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free
Everyone can learn bhangra dance moves and techniques, meet new people and get moving to upbeat music with this Alchemy inspired Social Dance.Under the expert guidance of an experienced dance teacher, participants can explore this fun and flamboyant dance, popular in both India and the UK. All dancers of all abilities are welcome.

ALCHEMY PRAM JAM: DANCE AND MUSIC FOR UNDER 5’S
Wednesday 24 May & Thursday 25th May, 10:30 – 11:15am, 11.45am – 12.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 5 & Under (with adult), £5 (admits one adult and up to two children aged five and under) The ever-popular dance and music session for little ones returns to Alchemy, moving and grooving to a South Asian vibe!

BOLLYWOOD SHAKEDOWN
Saturday 27 May, 3:30 – 7pm, The Clore Ballroom, at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free
Bollywood comes to The Clore Ballroom for an afternoon of singing, dancing and film.

SAṂHÄRA: THE NRITYAGRAM DANCE ENSEMBLE WITH THE CHITRASENA DANCE COMPANY
Friday 26 May, 7pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,£20
World renowned dance ensembles The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and The Chitrasena Dance Company bring together two dance traditions in the Saṃhära. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, the Odissi collective from Bangalore, who have earned a reputation for exquisite physical precision and warmth of emotional communication present their first international collaboration, exploring the meeting point between the sensuousness of Odissi and the masculine dynamism of the Chitrasena’s Kandyan dance, performed by Sri Lanka’s oldest and most highly regarded dance company. Choreographed by Surupa Sen, Saṃhära is performed by a company of 14 dancers and musicians from India and Sri Lanka, to an original live score composed by Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi, Dhaneswar Swain (India) and Presanna Singakkara (Sri Lanka).

YUVAYOUTH DANCE SHOWCASE
Monday 29 May, 1 – 3pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free
Southbank Centre’s YUVA returns to Alchemy for the sixth year in a vibrant showcase of the best South Asian youth dance from across the country. Offering the opportunity for individuals and groups aged 25 and under to perform, the showcase is open to all dance styles with a South Asian influence, be it hip hop, contemporary or classical. The event is presented by Southbank Centre in partnership with South Asian Dance Alliance (SADAA)

CHOREOGATA: AKADEMI PRESENTS SCRATCH
Monday 29 May, 7pm Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £8
Five talented South Asian choreographers present new dance works in this diverse scratch performance, presented by Akademi, the cutting-edge organisation working to enhance the practice, understanding and appreciation of South Asian dance in the UK. Seeta Patel, Manuela Benini, Parbati Chaudhury, Raheem Mir and Shivaangee Agarwal are the latest up-and-coming choreographic talents to succeed in Akademi’s newest set of commissions. The scratch performance is the chance to see the work in its initial stages of creation, as the artists get immediate feedback.

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