Classical and contemporary Bharatanatyam and Kathak featuring three wonderfully expressive performers, choreographed by Magdalen Gorringe.
Event update: You can now see poems and a short documentary produced for If I Could Reach Home here.
Please note that the performance of ‘If I Could Reach Home‘ at mac Birmingham has now sold out. However Magdalen will be repeating the performance at 8pm on Friday 2nd December at Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville (Birmingham). Tickets £6 (£4 concs) via 0121 458 1711 or click here.
“Quite simply an astounding stage presence”
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, on Vidya Patel
“Intelligent composition has forged a piece that holds the viewer rapt…”
Jenny Gilbert, The independent on Magdalen Gorringe’s solo work, Litany.
A performance of classical and contemporary Bharatanatyam and Kathak, featuring three wonderfully expressive performers of these classical Indian dance forms, including BBC Young Dancer Category Finalist, Vidya Patel.
Performances from the classical canon will be followed by a newly-created piece, using the storytelling element of the dance styles to interpret poems written by a group of Birmingham-based female asylum seekers. The new piece was choreographed by Magdalen Gorringe, mentored by award-winning choreographer, Gary Clarke and supported by an Akademi Choreogata Award.
The performance will also feature short pieces specially created by two local groups on the themes of home, identity and belonging, followed by a discussion about the myths and realities of refugees and asylum seekers in Britain.
Part joyous, part poignant, always engaging, ‘If I Could Reach Home…’ is a unique set of performances exploring how homes are redefined, what makes a home and the pain of being forced to leave. It celebrates the joyful redefinition of British culture as it now incorporates dance forms once considered ‘exotic’ into its cultural landscape, while also looking at the barriers still faced by many attempting to create a new home here.
Above all, it celebrates and emphasises our humanity and all that we hold more in common.
Photo: Simon Richardson