Dance celebrates India Festival

Continuing its celebration of UK-India Year of Culture, Déda in Derby is staging a two-day India Festival featuring amazing dance from Asia and Europe.

On September 27, 2Faced Dance Company is presenting Outlands.

The show is a vivacious and gripping triple bill of contemporary dance that showcases and celebrates up and coming female choreographers.

This unique programme of work features Hemabharathy Palani, Ronita Mookerji from India and Emma-Jayne Park from Britain. These extraordinary women present an intimate evening of work to mark the deep cultural ties between India and the UK.

Kicking off the evening is Yashti by Bangalore-based Hemabharathy Palani (above). At the heart of new work is the ‘woman’ and it is inspired by the story of the Tulasi plant and tales of conflict, confrontation, jealousy, and growth.

In Ronita Mookerji’s work WHO, the choreographer asks: Who am I? What defines me? Where do I belong?

Using movement and text in It’s Not Over Yet, Emma Jayne Park presents a show inspired by her own cancer diagnosis, treatment and remission.

It’s Not Over Yet is a journey of remembering, evaluating life choices and exploring why they even matter.

On September 28 Déda will present a triple-bill evening of South Asian Dance featuring artists from across the Midlands including a stunningly intricate Kathak piece, Salaam, from Sonia Sabri Company and Contemplative Three from collaborators Subhash Viman, TJ Lowe, Andy Hamer, Jean Abreu and MORPH Dance Company.

Completing the line-up is Vidya Patel, a BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist.

She will be presenting brand new work The Beginning exploring the roots of the Kathak form.

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