Rising stars from the world of dance and music shine in this topical new performance.
Choreographers/dancers: Connor Scott and Vidya Patel
Composer/performer: Shammi Pithia
Producer: Piali Ray OBE
Mentor: Kerry Nicholls
Lighting: Chris Cuthbert, Acquismedia (UK), Gaurav Sharma (India)
Kathak artist Vidya Patel and Contemporary dancer Connor Scott first crossed paths as finalists at BBC Young Dancer 2015. Connor went on to be crowned overall winner of the competition, while Birmingham-based Vidya triumphed in the South Asian category grand finals.
The two young talents have now come together for their first collaboration which beautifully intertwines their respective dance styles.
About the Elephant examines our sense of place and purpose in the world and reflects our search for clarity within the noise of our existence, asking “How do we deal with information overload and fake news and find our way to the truth?”
Atmospheric, original music performed live by skilled composer and multi-instrumentalist, Shammi Pithia, complements the compelling choreography in this thought-provoking, yet playful, production
Co-commissioned by Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage, Serendipity Arts Trust and Midlands Arts Centre. Supported by Dance Hub Birmingham with in-kind support from Rambert Dance School, Dance City Newcastle, DanceXchange and Kerry Nicholls Dance.
“…refreshing choreography and compelling execution…About the Elephant received a standing ovation at the Serendipity Festival in Goa, and deservedly so.”
Chitra Sundaram, independent artist, dance writer, and lecturer in Theatre & Performance, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
About the artists
Rising stars Kathak artist Vidya Patel and Contemporary dancer Connor Scott first crossed paths in 2015 as finalists at the BBC Young Dancer competition at Sadler’s Wells.
Connor went on to be crowned overall winner of the competition and has since been training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, as well as touring and performing his own choreographic works.
Birmingham-based Vidya was the winner in the South Asian Category grand finals. An alumnus of Yuva Gati at the Centre for Advanced Dance Training led by a partnership between Sampad and DanceXchange, she trains under the guidance of leading Kathak exponent, Sujata Banerjee.
Shammi Pithia is continuing to build a solid name for himself as a skilled creative composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist – walking in the shadows of great artists such as Nitin Sawhney who has praised his work. Shammi’s album ‘COSMIC’ hit no.1 in the iTunes world music chart, as did the debut album ‘ShadowLines’ by his band FLUX.
Main image courtesy of Serendipity Arts Festival.
About the Elephant, UK Tour 2018:
29 April (EVENT PASSED)
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) – UK Premiere
6 May (EVENT PASSED)
Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre, London
Dance City, Newcastle
You can also see Vidya Patel and Shammi Pithia in the UK tour of their brand new collaboration Converse. Find out more here!