In The Further Soil – Wolverhampton

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

Human stories from the urban landscapes of India and the UK told through dance, music and spoken word.

A dance and music theatre production inspired by the text from Rabindranath Tagore. The Bengali poet and philosopher once said, when commenting on the Indian diaspora “To study a banyan tree, you not only must know its main stem in its own soil, but also must trace the growth of its greatness in the further soil, for then you can know the true nature of its vitality.”

In the Further Soil tells the story of the urban landscapes of India and the UK. Human stories that bring out fast-changing globalised identities of young people told emotionally through the interplay of music, dance and spoken word. Atmospheric jazz and Afro-beats mix with Bengali baul songs; rhythms fire up Bharatanatyam dance with urban moves and spoken word — bringing together the old and new.

Directed by Harmage Singh Kalirai. Credits include; Layla Mujnun, Heer Ranjha, and Chicken Tikka Masala — nominated for the Raindance Award. International cast includes Shelley King, Soweto Kinch, Anusha Subramanyam, Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Dibyendu Mukherjee and Sanjukta Ray.

Produced by Sampad in partnership with Teamwork Productions.

Part of the People Dancing programme, part of the West Midlands’ Culture Programme for London 2012 funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands. Supported by Birmingham City Council, The British Council, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and The University of Birmingham.

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