Dr. Stacey Prickett - chair
Sarvesh Saini
Rachel Harris
Ushma Vidya
Alok Kapoor

artistic director
Sonia Sabri

musical director
Sarvar Sabri

Claire Birch

programme manager
Mary Ryder

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Sonia Sabri - artistic director

Sonia Sabri is amongst the brightest and most inspirational of British born dancer-choreographers working in the twenty-first century. Creating work that spans from the presentation of classical North Indian Kathak to explorations of contemporary approaches, her productions reflect an appreciation of Indian and British culture. She has created a fresh, unique style of Kathak by reinventing it from within, by pushing boundaries and generating work that is original in concept and exciting and relevant to today’s audiences. As a dancer, she is acclaimed for her enchanting stage presence, grace and musicality that enthral audiences both nationally as well as globally.
She has secured an international reputation for collaboration across dance styles and art forms including work with pioneers Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyasingh, Nitin Sawhney, Rose English, Jonzi D, Tigerstyle, and many more.

In addition, Sonia is a teacher of Kathak and regularly undertakes various workshops, lecture-demonstrations and residencies in both national and international venues. She is accredited by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
She is also the Artistic Director of her youth dance company, Kathakaars.

Sonia’s innovation within her form has been highly acclaimed in the contemporary dance world through several commissions some including The Place Prize; BBC television, Channel Four, Tanzhaus, The South Bank Centre and recently for the Cultural Olympiad for 'Encompass 360 digital dance' project. She is a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and Lisa Ullman Choreography scholarship. Sonia was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award and recently for the London Dance Awards 2011. Sonia is an Associate Artist of one UK’s most celebrated arts centres, mac.
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Sarvar Sabri - musical director

Ghulam Sarwar Sabri also known as Sarvar Sabri is an internationally renowned tabla player/composer. His versatility and passion for the rich diversity of the world's musical traditions has spurred him to constantly experiment with other world-class musicians and composers, and to extend the boundaries of his own classical form.
Sarvar has also been involved in experimental work. As a soloist, he has worked with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) collaborating with the composer Judith Weir, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, East of England Orchestra and Sinfonia Baltica, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Viva Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Quartet. He is the founder of the Sabri Ensemble; a Birmingham-based group dedicated to exploring the richness of different musical traditions and styles. Sarvar has provided music for TV, Radio and various dance and theatre companies. He was also awarded the Arts Council Composer for Dance Award (2006). His recent works include composing music for 1928 silent film ‘Shiraz’ which is currently on tour.
Sabri’s work can be heard on numerous CDs playing with some of the world’s renowned musicians.

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