KATHAK CAMP IS BACK!


FOR KATHAK STUDENTS...

That's right! The successful Kathak Camp is back again by popular demand! This time around it has been our students that have asked for this to return as they were so impressed with the last Kathak intensive!



Venue: Baithak House, 202 Moseley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0RT

Dates: Sat 16th  December – Sun 17th December 2017, 10am-5pm


What is it?
Sonia Sabri Company is offering a fantastic opportunity for Kathak students to immerse themselves into a weekend intensive and inspirational course led by world-renowned artist Sonia Sabri. 

Kathak is profoundly based on the complex foundation of rhythm and percussive creativity. To execute these with a wider rhythmic palette and expressive depth, one must be able to appreciate, analyse and illustrate the Kathak vocabulary.

Sessions will focus on the artform technique, development of vocabulary, creation and execution including recitation, and artform appreciation.



Image by Simon Richardson


Sonia Sabri is an award-winning artist creating and performing world-class productions around the globe. She is a current, leading performing artist who performs regularly and offers a unique insightful learning experience, and a repertoire relevant to today’s arts scene. 

Sonia is also an award-winning dedicated teacher with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Her generous training and guidance enables students to reach their potential and support those with a desire of developing into the next generation of artists. So come along and immerse yourself on what promises to be an adrenaline boosting experience!


Who is it for?
Kathak Camp is suitable for Kathak students:
  • with a minimum of 2 years training
  • who are dedicated to the study and practice of Kathy
  • who enjoy learning in a fun and focused environment.



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Additional benefits?
In addition to the above: an insight into technique, style and performance, Kathak Camp offers you some of the following:
  • Professional development
  • Personal development
  • Accredited qualification towards Duke of Edinburgh
  • Accredited qualification towards Arts Award
  • Potential opportunity to perform as part of company's annual showcase Akaar
  • Potential opportunity to join Kathakaars (music and dance performance company for aspiring artists)
  • Potential recruitment as part of Sonia Sabri Company 
  • Opportunity to connect with other dance students and emerging artists.



Where and When?
Baithak House, 202 Moseley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. B12 0RT
Saturday 16thand Sunday 17th December 10-5pm!


What is the cost?
£60 per person


Enrolment Details
To receive an enrolment form, or for any further queries please contact: Melanie Lewis, Projects Manager. 
Email: mel@ssco.org.uk  or Tel: 0121 622 3135
Deadline to enrol is 5pm Monday 4th December 2017.


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SONIA SABRI COMPANY'S KATHAK AND TABLA CLASSES CAPTURE THE FUN OF INDIAN MUSIC AND DANCE



Bored with the standard gym workout class and searching for something more creative and exciting than Tai Chi in the park, I came across Sonia Sabri's Kathak and Tabla classes. I wanted something that was going to engage me, excite me and keep me entertained long after. Sonia Sabri Company host a variety of different classes for all age groups, covering the beauty and energy of Indian music and dance.

I was excited to attend my first class, ready to learn more about the intricacies of Kathak dance. Kathak is a North Indian dance style that is known for its graceful and fluid movements and its rhythmic footwork. This particular dance is specialised and honed by internationally acclaimed artist, teacher and choreographer, Sonia Sabri, who not only shares her skills and knowledge in class but adds a new perspective to an already inspirational art.

Sonia Sabri Company capture the grace, fluidity and fun of Kathak dance. 

I was also excited to learn about Tabla Percussion as well, which is also offered alongside the Kathak dance class. The Tabla is a culmination of two drums, a treble and a bass that are played whilst you are on the floor. This is just as exciting and immersive as Kathak with the group class syllabus being spread between learning basic strokes, speed control and rhythm from Sarvar Sabri, who is a well- renowned Tabla master. 

The immersive nature of the Tabla is taught by world-renowned maestro, Sarvar Sabri. 

The best thing about these sessions is that you don't even need to have any experience in either art, as they are taught in a friendly and open manner. However, what you will come away with is a new found knowledge of Kathak and Tabla and maybe even an urge to try it again. The classes are held in Digbeth, Birmingham, only a short 10 minute walk away from the bustling centre of Birmingham's Bullring and Grand Central Station. 

If you would like to try a session and are interesting in having some fun and learning a new art, then contact Melanie Lewis at 0121 622 3135 or get in touch by email at mel@ssco.org.uk. 

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'CRAFTS OF THE PUNJAB'

'CRAFTS OF THE PUNJAB'

There was a real buzz on Saturday 21st October at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. We had been invited by the venue to help celebrate the 'Crafts of the Punjab' exhibition. 

The day was so busy and full of joy and fun! We felt like we didn't stop! There was Punjabi dance and music performances, Rangoli art workshops, storytellers, and so much more!




And on top of that, the participants that took part in the activities were really engaged in what they were doing, and the audiences were totally mesmerised by the performances!

It was great to see so much enthusiasm! Thank you to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum!

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LOK VIRSA: BEYOND BORDERS, IS BACK!


LOK VIRSA: BEYOND BORDERS, IS BACK!

I remember the first time I ever saw ‘Lok Virsa’ and became involved in some way with the project was in April 2012 as part of the Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre. 

‘Lok Virsa’ means the ‘heritage of the people.’ It is this wonderful simplicity that Sonia Sabri Company celebrates by focussing on the beautiful arts and crafts of the Indian subcontinent.


                                                                               


(Image by Sonia Sabri Company)

India and Pakistan share a rich heritage in their customs and traditions, which unites the people of these places, despite political differences. It is this heritage that has transmitted itself to different parts of the world and is now being shared right here in the UK.

The main things that I recollect from the ‘Lok Virsa’ day in 2012 were the vibrant colours of the costumes, the beautiful sounds of the folk songs, the simplicity of the folk dances, the buzz of the audiences, the chitter chatter of workshop participants and the interaction of spectators as they watched the performances. It was a truly amazing and joyful day!

                                                                                                                 

(Image by Pulkit Sharma)

Five years on and ‘Lok Virsa’ still remains to intrigue audiences all over the UK and you’ll be pleased to know that the festival will next be seen at Swindon Dance, 5th Nov, 12pm-5pm.


https://www.swindondance.org.uk/event/lok-virsa-beyond-borders/










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KATHAK AND TABLA CLASSES


DID YOU KNOW...?

Working in Marketing for Sonia Sabri Company can be full of surprises. Some days are spent working on a laptop completing all of the admin jobs, and other days are spent 'out and about' meeting staff of other venues to make sure that everything's looking organised for the next event. 

Take for instance; Saturday 26th August, 2017. This was my first time since joining the company (from the beginning of August) in which I spent the entire day not only helping out at the Lok Virsa (South Asian arts and crafts event), but also in watching such amazing performances and workshops!

The day was full of so much energy and the artists all looked wonderful in their colourful clothes!

There were so many routines that the dancers had learnt. It must have taken them hours of practise, and they must have given up so much of their own time to rehearse for such an exciting event.



It makes you think how and where this all begins!

In fact it all starts right here! Yes, here in the studio space of Sonia Sabri Company in Digbeth, Birmingham. 

These fantastic dancers that displayed their skills have and continue to develop their Kathak dance skills through weekly classes. Some have gone into these sessions with very little experience, and some with no experience at all!

So, it doesn't matter if you have danced for years or have no idea of dance. These weekly classes are open to everyone!

Not only that, but there's also classes on offer for tabla too! Again, no experience is necessary!

So, why not come along and join in and have fun?

If you'd like to find out more about these exciting classes, then check out the link below and enrol today!

And who knows, YOU maybe performing in the next Sonia Sabri Company event too!

http://www.ssco.org.uk/learning/learning/classes.html

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Night of Festivals South Asia 2017



SONIA SABRI COMPANY SET TO ASTONISH AND AMAZE AUDIENCES
AT NIGHT OF FESTIVALS SOUTH ASIA

Saturday 19th August 

1.15 - 2pm



As part of Leicester's festivities marking the 70th Anniversary of India and Pakistan's Independence, Sonia Sabri Company have been invited to perform at Night of Festivals South Asia 14-19th August. 

This is part of a six day festival that celebrates the spirit of South Asia, exploring Indian and Pakistani heritage; past, present and future. 

This spectacular event sees Sonia Sabri Company perform an energetic and vibrant array of folk, classical and funky dance styles.

Join us and other artists on an exciting journey in which the rich and diverse flavours of South Asia will be revealed through not only dance but also through music, visual arts, exhibitions, crafts, food, conversations and much, much more...

This is a FREE event, so don't miss your chance to watch us in action and experience the joys of dance. 



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Greenbelt Festival 2017


We are extremely excited that an exert of 'Salaam' will be included in the line up of Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House, Kettering, on the 27th August, 7:00pm! 


Since 1974, Greenbelt have had a mission to create spaces, where art, faith and justice collide, hosting a multi-arts festival programme of music, visual and performing arts, spirituality, comedy, talks and discussion. Their commitment to the arts, has made them a great platform for us to showcase 'Salaam.'





Prior to the performance, come along and discover the basics of Kathak, with an exclusive dance workshop, at 12:30pm, which will you give an insight into the joyous and rhythmic indian dance. Footwork, spins,rhytmic choreographies and the art of storytelling through mime, gesture and facial expressions will all be explored!

This will be followed by the highly anticipated presentation of Salaam in the evening! The piece is set to be stunning, cleverly weaving dialogue between exhilarating live music and meaningful storytelling, through Kathak. Acclaimed, Sonia Sabri will command the stage, with her precise, graceful technique and command of rhythm and repertoire, whilst Sarvar Sabri as a gifted tabla player, will provide a deep and unique insight into Indian classical music. 





To find out more- 
http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/artists/salaam-presented-by-sonia-sabri-company/ 






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LOK VIRSA: Beyond Borders
Saturday 26th August


As a company that celebrates music, poetry, crafts and dance, we are delighted to announce that our one day mela event, LOK VIRSA: Beyond Borders, will be returning to Birmingham at the Library of Birmingham this summer!
On Saturday the 26th of August, from 11-4:30pm, we will be celebrating South Asian arts and culture, going 'beyond borders' and reminding audiences of unity despite modern borders and political differences. 


This event is very close to our hearts, as inspirational artists from the Indian sub-continent ,will be sharing their love and passion for art forms such as Dance, Arabic Calligraphy, Mehndi, Rangoli and Block Printing! Its set to be an engaging,inclusive day for all of the family, with a variety of engaging workshops, and exciting Indian traditions activities.

You could find yourself unleashing your artistic and creative side, with a Ajrakh inspired block printing activity, that will not only excite but educate you in the fascinating history and culture of South Asia. 

Or simply being memorized by watching the fast paced and energetic traditional folk dances from the subcontinent!


With not long to go, we encourage you to come and re-discover the roots and ideas behind South Asian music, dance and visual arts, at LOK ViRSA!
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Akaar 2017
  
Akaar 2017 was a success, showcasing the local talent of the Midlands at the Old Rep Theatre on Saturday 1st July. 

The journey began with an open invitation to Midlands based dance and music groups, of all  backgrounds. The responses received was overwhelming, with a variety of emerging talents showing interest.

As the performance day arrived, adrenaline filled the backstage dressing rooms, as the final preparations of the showcase took place. The weeks of intense rehearsals leading up to the performance had finally come to a close, as the dancers and musicians waited for their call backstage. All of the performers shared a passion for classical, folk, Bharathanatyam, Bollywood and Kathak, and were finally ready to perform on the Old Rep Theatre stage, to an excited audience. 

The public were thrilled with the standard of the show, eager to come back and see similar performances! Akaar 2017 wouldn't have been a success, without all of the hard working performers and supportive audience members! 

We hope to see you for another successful Akaar in 2018! 














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Live in London!  

On 26thof June our fabulous group of musicians journeyed down to the British Library in London to perform DASTAAN.

Nerves were in the air but we are proud to announce that the performance went fantastically!
The audience loved the mixture of live music and film and we got some wonderful feedback:

 ‘Brilliant blend of instruments; voices and film’
‘I loved watching the performers riff off each other and show their talents’
‘The musicians and instruments were wonderful and poetic’

The next performance of DASTAAN will be at Wirksworth Festival in September!

Keep checking our news feed for more details on how you could see this truly inspiring performance!
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Akaar 2017


Akaar 2017!


Join us to celebrate the emerging talent of the midlands on the 1st July 2017,  with Akaar 2017, where artists, including students from local groups and communities will unite to perform music and dance on the main stage at the old rep theatre. The performances have been supported by the teaching and guidance of artistic  and musical directors Sonia Sabri and Sarvar Sabri, with a strive to create performances that are relevant to modern audiences, with inspirations being drawn from eastern and western cultures.

The dancers and musicians due to perform at the event, will be from aged 11 years plus with various backgrounds,however they will all ultimately share a passion for dance and music being within Classical,Folk,Bharathanatyam, Bollywood, Kathak, as well as new fusion and experimental south asian arts. 

One of the dancers set to perform for the event, will be Shreya Suresh, who’s dance piece is titled 'Taandavam', which can be defined as a divine dance of creation and destruction, following the Bharatanatyam dance style. With the choreography devised by Divya Kasturi , the piece can be described as energetic, supported with the evergreen popular verse of Sri Dayananda Saraswathi -‘Bho Shambo’. She has been involved in a variety of solo performances,  with her most recent being the first round of the BBC young dancers' event in 2016. As a performer that has grown to love art, her attendance at Akaar is something she is excited about, alongside the other artists that are set to perform their own work. 

The event is set be mesmerising as dancers and musicians across the midlands come together to share their passion and love for a variety of music and dance styles. In order to secure your seat for the event, follow the link to book. It will most definetly be a event to not me missed!



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Something Nu - 
Since May we have been leading a new and exciting creative project called Nu Story.  

Nu Story helps women of different backgrounds find a way to share their experiences of womanhood through Movement.

 The ladies will pass on what they’ve learnt in Kathak, mime and storytelling to women from other groups and priority areas, forming a network of sharing and letting every woman know she is not alone!  




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Amazing Arts Award


Over the last five weeks Sonia Sabri Company and The Old Rep have partnered together to deliver sessions for the children of Birmingham Chinese school to be able to receive a Discover Arts Award. This culminated in a fantastic display for their parents.


When the day finally arrived nerves were in the air, the parents waited with baited breath (the Oscars has nothing on this!) The time to shine was here at last and shine they did!  Every one enjoyed seeing the exciting arts activities the children had ben involved in over the past few weeks and the characters and masks they had created.


The Arts Award Discover is an industry award certificate by Trinity College London. Through creative workshops the students find out about artists and their work and can share their arts discovery with others. 


Arts award and projects like this are a fantastic way of involving children in the arts and firing a passion! 


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A stunning solo

Those who ventured into VIRAGO saw some serious girl power!

Once again Sonia has mesmerised audiences, this time with her new innovative dance solo. VIRAGO exploded into theatres at it's preview performances at Mac Birmingham and The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. Did somebody say standing ovation?

'Mind blowing and liberating', are just some of the words that have been used to describe the show.

VIRAGO showed beauty and fragility. It illuminates elements of what the media perceives as 'the woman' and the pressure that creates, yet still presenting empowerment and hope.  

Audience members felt a deep connection to the piece, one woman describing it as  'Deep - it reminded me of something personal in my past. It was like she knew my story.'

It’s safe to say that that VIRAGO was a huge success! A massive thank you to all those involved and our wonderful audiences! 


Keep your eyes peeled for further performances from the company!


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Kathak camp



Forget summer camp, 2017 is the year of Kathak camp

From the 22nd to the 26th February 2017 we ran another fantastic Kathak camp for Kathak and Tabla students from around the UK. They were provided with a chance to learn in a fun and focused environment to, enhance their skills and let their artistic nature flourish.
We are very happy to say that’s exactly what they did!
Students were able to focus on rhythm and creativity in Kathak and develop their relationship and understanding of Tabla music.
Each day at we were treated to a room full of smiling faces and eager learners, it was a joy to watch them create and perform.
None of this would have been possible without the hard work of all those involved. A special thank you to the renowned artists Rani Khanam (Kathak) and Sarvar Sabri (Tabla) and the dedicated and talented students. And another huge thank you to everyone who has given their support and time to the project.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next Kathak camp!
If you have any questions or suggestions about Kathak camp please contact us at mel@ssco.org.uk


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