4th January 2016

Join Navadisha 2016: A Major International South Asian Dance Conference

If you are into dance, you have to be at Navadisha 2016, which takes place from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 May 2016 at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham – a trailblazing conference that seeks to stimulate, steer and secure the future of South Asian Dance as part of UK’s ever growing dance landscape!

Produced by New Dimensions Arts Management in partnership with Sampad Arts, Navadisha 2016 will pose questions that are crucial for South Asian dance today, as it celebrates breakthrough achievements and exciting developments in and around the sector during the fifteen years since Navadisha 2000. On the 40th anniversary of Naseem Khan’s ground-breaking report The Arts Britain Ignores, Navadisha 2016 will fire up debate about the state and status of South Asian dance in Britain’s cultural cosmos, and the changing nature of its dance audiences; it will also uncover new talent, new models of excellence and new ways of working with dance in all its many avatars.

Alongside panel discussions and debates, there will be exemplary showcases, performances, films and exhibitions, a vibrant market place for pitching opportunities to potential promoters and investors, as well as networking opportunities.

The event will be a valuable opportunity for dance practitioners, teachers, students, academics, agencies, programmers, venues, promoters, investors, policymakers and South Asian dance enthusiasts.

Keynote speakers:
Akram Khan and Shobana Jeyasingh

Sharing their visions, aspirations and challenges are leading British artists:
Aakash Odedra, Balbir Singh, Seeta Patel, Shane Shambhu, Sonia Sabri and others

Showcase of new work by experienced UK-based performers/choreographers:
Arunima Kumar, Divya Kasturi, Kali Chandrasegaram, Kamala Devam, Urja Desai Thakore

Conference Moderators:
Chitra Sundaram & Piali Ray, Director of Sampad Arts

Panel discussions and working sessions include:

  • Advocacy for South Asian Dance
  • Opportunities in outdoor arts
  • Training, professional development & career trajectories
  • The Business of Dance
  • Venues & audiences
  • International Collaboration
  • Dance as a medium for change
  • Insights from strategic organisations: Arts Council England, British Council,
    national dance agencies and others

Speakers and panellists include: 
Alistair Spalding | Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sadler’s Wells
Andrew Hurst | CEO, One Dance UK
Ann David | Head of Dance, Roehampton University
Anu Giri | Executive Director, Dance Umbrella
Anusha Subramanyam | Artistic Director, Beeja
Bisakha Sarker | Artistic Director, Chaturangan
Farooq Chaudhry | Producer & Creative entrepreneur, Akram Khan Company
Gauri Sharma Tripathi | Performer & Choreographer, Artist in Residence Southbank Centre
Kenneth Tharp OBE | Chief Executive, The Place
Paul Kaynes | Chief Executive, National Dance Company Wales
Julia Carruthers | Programme Director of Warwick Arts Centre
Mayuri Boonham | Artistic Director, ATMA Dance
Stephen Munn | Director, Deda Dance
Sujata Banerjee | Chair of the Classical Indian Dance Faculty, ISTD
International speakers include:
Anita Ratnam, Ananda Shankar Jayant, Hari Krishnan, Kalpana Raghuraman, Lata Pada

Finale performance on 22 May at mac birmingham includes:
Ankh Dance, Bolly Flex, Chitraleka Dance Company, Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance Creations, Sooraj Subramaniam (Belgium), Sujit Vaidya (Canada) & Sonia Sabri Company

Register now! To book a place, e-mail register@navadisha2016.co.uk

  • Subsidised fees/financial support available to freelance dance artists, teachers, students
  • Full conference fee includes tickets to evening performances by world-class artists at IDFB 2016 from 19-21 May.

Full details of the conference programme, speakers, panellists and how you can register. 

Twitter: @Navadisha16 #Navadisha16
Facebook: Navadisha2016

Akram Khan photo by Jean-Louis Fernandez
Shobana Jeyasingh photo by JP Masclet
Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 grand finalist) photo by Elliott Franks, courtesy One Dance UK

Navadisha 2016 is produced by New Dimensions Arts Management in partnership with Sampad Arts, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It has also been supported by DanceXchange (dx), International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016 (IDFB 2016), Akademi, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), Birmingham City Council, mac Birmingham, Raindesign and Pulse Magazine (media partner).