Arts in Parliament is excited to present Akademi, the UK’s leading South Asian dance organisation. Akademi will be engaging with a diverse range of artists and community groups across London to illuminate the historic 900-year-old interior of Westminster Hall in a performance spectacular on 10 August as part of Arts in Parliament - a programme of unique performances and exhibitions staged in Parliament during the summer of 2012.Working with renowned Bharatanatyam artist Pushkala Gopal, the piece will aim to celebrate the history, vibrancy and resilience of the South Asian dance community in the UK. The 45 minute performance will include presentations by young people and senior artists.
Friday 10 August – 5.00pm
Akademi will present new work involving participants from community organisations cross London and the UK. Alongside their mainstream work, Akademi’s internationally recognised and respected community outreach programme has so far worked with 2,000 school children and managed outreach programmes with vulnerable adults, young families and the elderly, working on-site in prisons, hospitals and schools across London.
Thursday 5 July 2012 – 6:30pm • MAAYA
Maaya is a creative journey encompassing the richness of a vivid sensory experience, presenting a piece that projects the aesthetic values of contemporary Indian culture into this distinguished space in the heart of Westminster. The whole site was transformed, achieving a unique spectacle of South Asian dance using contemporary and classical performers. Directed by renowned choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi together with Shivani Sethia, the Hall was animated through a live cast creating a magical dream like experience in which the audience was immersed for 20 minutes. This culminated in a finale performed by eminent Indian dancer Priyadarsini Govind.