Preview of a new work by two rising stars of the dance world, exploring our place and purpose within civilisation.
Please note that the Birmingham preview of About the Elephant on Monday 11 December at Midlands Arts Centre has now been postponed, due to a member of the artistic company being ill. We will be rescheduling the performance in the New Year and a further update will be posted as soon as possible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
ALSO a message from Dance Hub Birmingham: we are sorry to inform those who were going to attend the Dance Hub Birmingham Sector Meeting 5.30pm on 11 Dec that we have had to cancel. (MAC will be closed from 3pm due to adverse weather conditions and we don’t want people to have to travel if they don’t need to). We will be in touch soon to reschedule the meeting but in the meantime, please keep warm and accept our apologies.
Co-commissioned by Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage, Serendipity Arts Trust and Midlands Arts Centre. In-kind support from Rambert Dance School, Dance City Newcastle, DanceXchange and Kerry Nicholls Dance.
Choreographers: Connor Scott & Vidya Patel
Composer: Shammi Pithia
Mentor: Kerry Nicholls
About the Elephant is an exploration of our place and purpose within civilisation.
The work examines our awareness and control of the information fed to us by higher powers. Its physical expression is inspired by recent and historical events that have affected our society’s perception of true reality, and conveys a public protest as well as an intimate conversation between the dancers.
Playful yet thought-provoking, About the Elephant reflects the search for clarity within our existence.
About the dancers.
Rising stars Kathak artist Vidya Patel and Contemporary dancer Connor Scott first crossed paths in 2015 as finalists in the first 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 South Asian Arts and DanceXchange, she trains under the guidance of leading Kathak exponent, Sujata Banerjee.
Main photo by Simon Richardson. Photo below by Cassie Adams.