Converse – All UK tour dates

National Theatre London, Nottingham Arts Theatre, University of Birmingham, Curve Theatre Leicester

Vidya Patel and Shammi Pithia perform in an extraordinary conversation between Kathak dance and live contemporary music, debuting at the Sadler's Wells take over of the National Theatre's River Stage Festival 2018.

After performing together in the internationally successful About the Elephant (still touring), dance artist Vidya Patel and skilled multi-instrumentalist Shammi Pithia join forces once again in their newest collaboration, Converse.

Through a journey of solos and duets, the young artists create a mesmerising atmosphere of harmony and frisson as they combine the inherited traditions and emerging modernity of their respective art-forms. This is a chance to experience creative cohesion at its finest.

During the London and Nottingham performances, Vidya and Shammi will be joined by talented Kathak dancer Jaina Modasia and musician Michael Goodey, with vocals and sitar from Debipriya Sircar.

All UK tour dates:

National Theatre River Stage Festival 2018 – Sadler’s Wells takeover
Saturday 28 July 2018, 7pm

National Theatre, London SE1 9PX
Free, non-ticketed, outdoor event


Nottingham Arts Mela (30th anniversary) at Nottingham Arts Theatre
Friday 31 August 2018, 7pm

12 George St, Nottingham NG1 3BE. In collaboration with New Art Exchange
Tickets £6
(See Converse on Friday, plus Thursday’s dance double bill by Subhash Gorania and Jyoti Kainth, both for £10 with the Mela Dance Deal).
Book via | 0115 924 8630


An excerpt of Converse will precede the Inaugural Lecture for the University of Birmingham India Institute
Wednesday 24 October, whole event runs 5.30-7.30pm
The Bramall, Birmingham B15 2TT. In association with the Consulate General of India.
Free, limited places. Registration is essential, register through |  0121 414 4414


An except of Converse will be included in Yuva Nartan at the Inside Out Festival 2018
Saturday 27th October 2018, 7pm
Curve Theatre, Leicester LE1 1SB. Presented by Nupur Arts.
Tickets: £11 (concessions for under 26s & over 60s, 15% off for Curve Members)
Book via | 0116 242 3595


About the artists

Rising star of dance Vidya Patel found fame as the winner of the South Asian category in BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2015, held at Sadler’s Wells. 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 – following the path 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 National Theatre River Stage – Sadler’s Wells takeover
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July 2018

Sadler’s Wells, a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms, presents a weekend of exciting choreography, live music, and dance workshops for all ages & abilities for its first NT River Stage takeover.  The National Theatre River Stage Festival is London’s largest free outdoor arts festival, with a weekend of dance performances and family workshops ranging from hip hop to flamenco.

Vidya Patel & Shammi Pithia present Converse for the first time on Saturday 28th. The day’s programme features a wide range of family workshops, including yoga, lindy hop, and flamenco. For the full programme click here.







About Nottingham Arts Mela 2018 – (Un)folding Time
Wednesday 29 August – Sunday 2 September 2018

Celebrate 30 years of Nottingham Mela, the city’s annual celebration of South Asian arts and culture for all the family. Experience spectacular dance, music and family activities, Henna, Mendi, delicious street food and more in venues across Nottingham. The 2018 Mela will be at New Art Exchange, Hockley and the free family day finale will be at the Arboretum Park. Find out more here.


About the Inside Out Festival & Yuva Nartan
Wednesday 17 – Saturday 27 October 2018

2018 marks Curve Theatre, Leicester’s 5th annual Inside Out Festival, celebrating the diversity and talent of East Midlands artists. Following the success of Yuva Nartan 2017, Nupur Arts presents an exhilarating programme of South Asian arts from national and international artists including: internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer Sooraj Subramaniam, award-winning Kuchipudi dancer Arunima Kumar, Bharatantyam dancer Subhash ‘Viman’ Gorania and Kathak dancer Kesha Raithatha.. and, of course, BBC Young Dancer 2015 Grand finalist Kathak dancer Vidya Patel and award-winning musician Shammi Pithia presenting an extract from Converse. Find out more about Yuva Nartan here.

Converse is a new commission by Sampad.

Images courtesy of Serendipity Arts Festival.

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