Great opportunities for 16 - 24yrs, come along to the Creative Employment Fair Jan 25th 10am - 1pm at Birmingham Library


Calligraphy in Motion

 SSCo presents Calligraphy in Motion as part of Birmingham Museum's Qalam exhibition

7th December 2013 - 7th December 2013
A performance and participatory event led by Sonia Sabri. See the art of calligraphy brought to life through movement and join in a fun workshop for all ages. This event is part of a programme to accompany the exhibition 'Qalam: the art of beautiful writing'.
Saturday 07 December 2013
3-3.45 pm
Round Room, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Full exhibition listing:

Hope to see you there!

Great reviews for Rudra at York Minster last weekend!

' Rudra took us on a mesmerizing journey that makes one wish the art of performance weren’t so ephemeral. One is glad to know that such a high-quality production with an incredibly talented team will be touring many sites around Yorkshire in the Spring of 2014'   Seetal Kaur Gahir 

Click here for full review by Pulse

More reviews...


Rudra opens this weekend! An epic tale choreographed by Sonia Sabri

Emotive Flight
RUDRA reverberates through the universe... a powerful force in the shape of Shiva that destroys evil and restores balance, this performance echoes the cycle of peace, disturbance, love and lament.

Manasamitra resurrects ancient Indian mythology with an exciting fusion of contemporary music and dance. Choreographer Sonia Sabri, working in contemporary kathak brings together four regional dancers with contemporary and Indian dance backgrounds to create RUDRA against an original musical score performed live. RUDRA will offer audiences a new experience of Indian arts.

Creative Team
Music composition - Shri Sriram
Choreography - Sonia Sabri
Vocals on composition - Supriya Nagarajan
Assistant choreography - Amayra Fuller 
Set and costume design - Hannah Sibai
Lighting design - Mickie Mannion
Nikki Bakolis, Lucy Haighton, Alys North and Jyoti Uniyal
Musicians and Live Music Composition
Saxophone - Jesse Bannister
Mridangam (South Indian drum) - RR. Prathap 
Violin - Kartik Raghunathan
Flute - Melissa Thompson

Saturday 23 November 2013, 7:30pm - York Minster
·         Tickets: £15, £12 concessions
·         Box Office:01904 557 208 •

·         Venue: York Minster, York YO1 7HH

Supported by Arts Council England, York Minster


Sonia Sabri Company performing at British Dance Edition 2014

We are pleased to announce that Sonia Sabri Company will be performing at BDE next year in Scotland! A biennial event, British Dance Edition is a showcase of the best of British dance for the UK and international dance industry. Thursday 30th January to Sunday 2nd February 2014 in venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Sonia Sabri Company stuns audiences at Illuminate

Read Birmingham Events review below!

Echolalia choreographed by Sonia Sabri

Iluminate ! Three atmospheric days and evenings of amazing interactive light artworks in Southside.

Commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome, Sonia Sabri Company will perform as part of this weekend's Illuminate Festival. We hope to see you there!


Featuring a 360° film igloo; a light inspired live dance performance; a series of interactive street projections; and from Shanghai, the Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition. Make a night of it, grab a bite to eat en route from our hub and explore Southside in a different light this autumn. All attractions are within a five minute walk of the theatre and each other.
Start at either end of the trail, there is lots to see along the way. The first 100 visitors to Hippodrome Square or
LeTruc will receive a FREE Illoom glowing balloon. Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Band will lead a glowing procession down to Gallan Car Park at 6.30pm in time for Echolalia at 7pm, and again at 7.30pm in time for the 8pm show.
Illuminate Hub - LeTruc
Ladywell Walk/Arcadian

Pop into the lovely French restaurant Le Truc, our hub space for Illuminate, where you can find special cocktails and buy a good old fashioned hot dog to take away.
Southside Faces Southside Faces by Andy McKeown
Loft Lounge / Carpark
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct 6 - 10pm

Photographs of Southside faces, colourised as pop art posters will contribute to an everchanging stream of local portraits, creating a mind blowing, gigantic wall of colour. Be part of Southside Faces by dropping in to the photoshoot on Mon Oct 7, 12noon till 7pm at Hippodrome Square.
Flame Oz FlameOz
Hippodrome Square
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct, 6.30 - 7pm, 7.45 - 8.15pm, 9 - 9.30pm

FlameOz will light up your evening with stateof- the-art LED technology and awe-inspiring choreographed fire dancing. These virtuoso circus artists draw complex patterns in the air with stunning kaleidoscopic visuals and fi rebased special effects. Guaranteed to thrill!
Gallan Car Park, Hurst Street
Fri 25 Oct 7pm & 8pm, Sat 26 Oct 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Sun 27 Oct 7pm Illuminate finale performance
Choreographer Sonia Sabri and new media artist Andy McKeown have evolved a
performance over three days. Projections are layered with movement, gesture, colour, shadow and sound to spark your curiosity and take you to another dimension. Inspired by communication, the word Echolalia means a child’s repetition of sounds uttered by others. After each performance explore the lighting environment and create shadows and shapes of your own.
Performer: Patsy Browne-Hope, live projected colour space: Andy McKeown, music: Sarvar Sabri. Commissioned by: Birmingham Hippodrome with support of DanceXchange.
Body in Motion
Body in Motion 360° Panoramic Cinema Experience
Drop in Fri 25 Oct 1 - 2pm & 4 - 9:30pm & Sat 26 Oct 12 noon - 9pm
Drop in and be in the middle of the action! Get swept up in a series of amazing films projected in a 360° dome. An immersive experience for all ages, some of the best new 360° films covering sport, dance, music and movement.
Curated for Illuminate by Toby Norman-Wright with ICCI, Plymouth University and Igloo Vision. Encompass 360° Digital Dance: Toby Norman- Wright and Chris Vandyke. Dancer: Sonia Sabri. Image: Lloyd Russell, Plymouth University.

Last Chance
to Book Diwali Discounted Workshops

Discover Diwali….
a exciting pathway into both the past and present 
through dance & music workshops

About SSCo - Sonia Sabri Company, SSCo tours performances both nationally and internationally and is recognised as one of the leading dance and music companies in the UK. SSCo work with people of all backgrounds and ages, running regular classes in the company’s home base of Birmingham at mac.  SSCo offers the highest quality input ranging from a one-off workshop to short residencies around the UK.

Education work  - Learning is at the very heart of what SSCo do. Through workshops, residences, talks and seminars, our artistic team aim to build meaningful relationships with schools, communities, organisations, and audiences that provide people with opportunities to enjoy and immerse themselves in the creative arts.

SSCo’s skilled, experienced artists are ready to support early years, all key stages and beyond, right through to students studying for GCSE, BTEC, A Level and HND study.

As South Asian Arts specialists, Sonia Sabri and Sarvar Sabri are internationally renowned for their creative practice and work in schools. With over 10 years experiences of working in both mainstream and special needs schools as well as a vast array of communities, SSCo provide multidimensional arts experiences that impart real cultural insight and knowledge to participants.

Discover Diwali….workshops

Through creative facilitation, our artists use a range of art forms, techniques and skills to engage children in every stage of the creative process, enabling children to thoroughly enjoy learning about the history, story and celebrations surrounding the most celebrated South Asian festival, Diwali.

Please click here to know more  about  workshop information

and pass onto the dance and music teachers in school.  To enquire or make a workshop booking:  

please contact Juliet on 0121 622 3135 or email

Book now and get an early bird discount!


Project Coordinator and Volunteers needed!

Good news, SSCo recently received  funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop a project that explores and documents the oral history and heritage of woman who have contributed to the successful development of Birmingham’s Ladypool Road.  

The project will aim to:

-        Collect stories that will become part of a permanent archive in the new Library Birmingham

-        Develop a website that will provide access to archive material

-        Recruit participants from the community of Ladypool Road and record stories

-        Recruit volunteers to assist on the delivery

-        Work with Birmingham Library and Archives to provide training for participants, staff and volunteers.

Do you want to help deliver the project? 
Do you want to receive oral history training? 

SSCo is looking for volunteers and participants now. Please contact or call 0121 622 3135 fr more information.

Vacancy: Sonia Sabri Company looking for a Project Coordinator for HLF project. Please see details below.
Thank you

 Application deadline: 19th June 2013


JUGNI opens with a glow

SSCo's new touring production, JUGNI opened at Leicester's Let's Dance International Dance Festival earlier in May, and received a standing ovation!

Poetic, dramatic and soul stirring, Jugni (female fire fly) captures the spirit and stories of real women. 

Jugni is a dramatic blend of dance, music and meaning with soaring live vocals and percussion inspired by Qawaali, and powerful contemporary choreography driven by the passion of the female energy, spirituality and creative expression. 

'I was taken on an emotional journey' Audience
'Stunning' Choreographer Norway 

Artistic Director Sonia Sabri says,

'I have always been fascinated by the physical, mental and emotional strength of the woman, JUGNI performed by a predominately all female cast is a homage to all the woman of the world.' 

JUGNI promises great musical depth featuring a surprising and eclectic mix of Welsh and Urdu vocals, Egyptian percussion and of course tabla.  Says Sarvar Sabri:  “We didn’t necessarily go out of our way to find artists of different nationalities. We head hunted the most talented female artists who had a passion for their art as well as for the subject matter.” 

We continue to tour JUGNI this summer and look forward to seeing you! 


Sonia Sabri Company at London Southank's Alchemy Festival


Following the huge success of past events at Alchemy Festival, Sonia Sabri Company returns with a jam - packed programme to coincide with its 10 year celebrations.

Come and be a part of the celebrations:

What is Kathak dance?
April 11th – 6pm-7pm: Clore Ballroom: interactive performance/lecture on Kathak, its popularity in the UK and Sonia Sabri Company’s unique style. FREE event.

(work in progress)
April 12th – 6.30pm-7.30pm: Blue Room: Jugni work-in-progress sharing for producers, funders, promoters. Poetic, dramatic and soul stirring, Jugni captures the spirit and stories of real women.
This is an invite only event. For an invitation please contact

April 18th 7.45pm: Purcell Room: Kaavish followed by
post-show discussion with Sonia Sabri
and Donald Hutera, dance writer for the Times.

Kaavish celebrates 10 years of Sonia Sabri Company and presents a mix of old and new. The first half traces the company's past, presenting three acclaimed works including the solo 'Neon Dream' choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh.
The second half is a specially commissioned new work, 'Labyrinth' - a collaboration between Sonia and acclaimed Bharatanatyam performer Ash Mukherjee. The show highlights dynamic live music arranged by Musical Director and Tabla maestro Sarvar Sabri.

Kaavish is co-commissioned by Milapfest, Sampad and mac.

For tickets click here

10-21st April: Clore Ballroom
Screening of 2D version of a 360 degree film originally produced by Dancing for the Games and Cultural Olympiad. Sonia’s Inspiration is the first ever Kathak dance solo film for a full dome format and has been presented at Birmingham’s ThinkTank Planetarium and as part of Dome fest 2012.

 April 21st Performance by  Kathakaars SSCO's emerging dancers

For further information please contact