Enjoy cultural and spiritual dance at Déda


Sonia Sabri Company returns to, in Derby, with its tenth anniversary celebration show Kaavish on
February 2.

Celebrating ten years of exhilarating choreography, mesmerising dance and dynamic live performance, Kaavish – meaning to ‘achieve one’s desires through action’ – is an exciting programme featuring re-staged previous works and a brand new collaboration.

The first half of the programme traces Sonia’s artistic journey with three live performances linked by previously unseen archive recordings, giving a personal insight into Sonia Sabri and her work.

The programme includes Red, exploring the cultural, spiritual and emotional significance of the visual spectrum’s most potent and resonant colour; Neon Dream, a slick, urban-flecked solo inspired by the intensity of the city at night choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh; and Nisbat, a joyful production inspired by the energetic spirit of Gypsy culture.

In the second half SSCo look forward to the next stages of Sonia’s creative journey with a new specially commissioned work made with acclaimed guest artist and performer Ash Mukherjee. Surprising and explorative, their collaboration will encompass solos and duets which trace a journey through and between the classical and contemporary worlds, challenging the boundaries between these concepts, and their respective dance styles. Sonia Sabri says:

“Ash and I are creating a piece which was initially inspired by Woody Allen’s brilliant ‘Death Knocks’, a one-act play he wrote in 1968,” says Sonia.

“The play, which was part of Woody’s famous stand-up routine, featured two characters, a grumpy old guy called Nat, and Death. It’s really a monologue about our fear of dying, but it’s also extremely funny!  The dance languages work in dialogue and are based on opposites: dark and light, negative and positive, etc.”

Sonia Sabri Company performs Kaavish at Déda at 8pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 concession) and are available from the box office on 01332 370911 or online at http://www.deda.uk.com.