Indian mythology collides with contemporary dance at the LBT.
Next Thursday the theatre will host dance group Manasamitra’s premiere tour of Rudra at 7.30pm.
This is a new re-imagination of the mythological tale of Shiva and Kama, told through contemporary kathak dance and Indo-bass, beats and electronica.
Produced by Dewsbury-based Manasamitra, Rudra is a stunning new collaboration between contemporary kathak choreographer Sonia Sabri and composer Shri Sriram, who is best known as one half of electro acoustic duo Badmarsh & Shri.
Rudra reverberates through the universe – a powerful force in the shape of Shiva that destroys evil and restores stability. Echoing the cycle of peace, disturbance, love and lament, this emotive work is speckled with play, vigour and despair set against an arresting musical score.
Performed by dancers Nikki Bakolis, Lucy Haighton, Alys North and Jyoti Uniyal, Rudra features an electric fusion of bold emotions, all played out in front of set designer Hannah Sibai’s brightly woven skeletal structures.
This new tour follows an exhilarating opening performance at York Minster last autumn and is part of a three-year project supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme.
Manasamitra artistic director Supriya Nagarajan said: “Manasamitra brings traditional Indian cultures to new audiences through contemporary collaborations and Rudra is the exciting embodiment of this philosophy. After looking at the existing South Asian organisations in the Yorkshire region the realisation dawned that there was a lack of exploitation of the vibrancy in the Indian culture and consequently I decided to set up Manasamitra, an arts-based social enterprise. Through Manasamitra, my aim has always been to nurture new talent and create unique creative experiences using Indian art forms.”
Supriya studied Carnatic vocal music from the age of five and turned her back on a successful 20-year career in banking to pursue her love of dance.
She had studied accountancy at Bombay University and was recruited by HSBC as part of their campus recruitment drive in 1986. She worked in India from 1986-1998 and managed a number of projects including in Hong Kong and Singapore before relocating to the UK.
Choreographer Sonia Sabri is artistic director of Birmingham-based Sonia Sabri Company. She was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and Lisa Ullman Choreography scholarship.
Sonia has developed her own vibrant, energetic and sensual style reflective of today while referencing kathak and was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award and for the 2011 London Dance Awards.
Shri Sriram (music composition) trained in Hindustani music before developing his own technique on the fretless bass. In the 1990s he was part of the Asian underground scene with Outcaste Records.
Shri went on further to develop his own groundbreaking electro acoustic sound with Badmarsh & Shri. He now works as a solo artist, composer, producer and collaborator.
Manasamitra creates exciting and innovative arts experiences rooted in India and inspired by contemporary society and artistic practice. Throughout its seven year history Manasamitra has worked to fuse together Eastern and Western traditions.