About the Elephant UK Tour – Final Date

Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham (EVENT PASSED), Southbank Centre London (EVENT PASSED), Dance City Newcastle

Watch ABOUT THE ELEPHANT on your mobile or tablet! - Available on Facebook and YouTube until 14th October

This world-class dance & music performance  SOLD OUT  at Dance City, Newcastle. We streamed the live broadcast to thousands of online audiences from 29th September – 14th October with fantastic support from The Space.

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)
Filming: Meerkat Films

Rising stars from the world of dance and music shine in this topical new performance.

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:

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) – UK Premiere

Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre, London

29 September – SOLD OUT, (EVENT PASSED) Watch online at Facebook/sampad.arts and on YouTube
Dance City, Newcastle

Until 14 October 2018 – Watch online at Facebook/sampad.arts and on YouTube


You can also see Vidya Patel and Shammi Pithia in the UK tour of their brand new collaboration Converse. Find out more here!

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