Akademi's Work In London

Akademi's Work in London

Akademi Inter Action & Creating Moves, supported by London Councils  

In April 2010 Akademi began their third year of work supported by London Councils. Since April, Akademi has continued to be busy working across London at local public festivals and melas, within museums and libraries, at schools and colleges, with adult & older people's services, and hospitals and PCT trusts. We have particularly enjoyed building on our partnerships through our Inter Action (service 6) programme - with The Asian Health Agency, Homerton University Hospital, Hackney Diabetes Trust, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Harrow PCT & NHS Trust to provide dance and related arts activity to integrate the arts in the promotion of active health, mental well being and complimentary healing and therapy. 

Shoumi Das leading a Big Dance workshop

Another highlight of our London Councils programme at the start of summer was working with Emergency Exit Arts and Tower Hamlets Culture Services on the Baishaki Mela parade 2010. Artists Manuela Benini and Urja Desai Thakore worked at Osmani Primary School, St Paul's Primary School and Manorfield Primary School.

Barnet
Barnet Family Learning Day. Photographer: Kath VeitchAkademi has begun a Family Learning project called "Who We Are" which aims to engage 10-16 year olds and their families in dance and arts projects linking in to their local community. Akademi are delighted to be working with Whitefields School and The Compton School, Summerside Primary School as well as Barnet Extended Services - if you would like to hear more or suggest potential partners or participants please contact our Family Learning Manager on: kath@akademi.co.uk

Akademi are also looking for new partners and beneficiaries to work with us on our London Councils programme Inter Action which aims to work with over 50 year olds to promote access to cultural activity in the borough and across London. Last year 283 BAMER and over 50s residents in the borough of Barnet benefitted from Inter Action. Please contact Akademi’s Education & Community Programme Officer with your suggestions or queries: jess@akademi.co.uk Tel 0207 6913210.

 

Bexley
Akademi Initium Production. Photographer: Pete SchiazzaAkademi took part in the Big Dance Bus in Bexley this summer to promote dance participation and South Asian dance. We also returned to perform at Bexley Danson Festival this year. Through the support of London Councils Akademi also performed for local crowds at the Bexley Danson Festival in July 2009 - where we performed our professional dance extravaganza Initium which gave audiences a taste of classical South Asian dance and folk dance fused with contemporary dance styles, street arts and circus. Open workshops in circus skills were also offered to compliment the performance.  

275 disadvantaged children and young people living in the borough of Bexley benefitted from our work last year. This year we are hoping to produce work within schools and colleges in the borough and welcome your suggestions for beneficiaries, venues, events and partners. We are able to run workshops and performances and particularly like work with new audiences. Please contact jess@akademi.co.uk 

Brent
Akademi’s dancers and artists have enjoyed leading a number of ventures with beneficiaries, partners and venues in Brent over the past year and have completed another season with Brent Dance Month 2010! In July 2009 Brent Dance Month offered us the opportunity to bring Bollywood Ballroom to Brent Tea Dance and Wembley BIG Lunch as well as platform our Bollywood dance and fashion design project for 14-19 year olds at Copland Academy. We also worked with Patidar Encee Academy on Urban Vani - an educational participation and performance project exploring the parallels between a Kathak choir and the work of professional beat boxer Shlomo- directed by Gauri Sharma Tripathi in association with the Southbank Centre.

Brent Respect Festival 2010. Photographer: Renata McDonnellLast year 1500 BAMER and over 50 year olds and 743 disadvantaged 5-18 year olds living in the borough of Brent benefitted from our Inter Action and Creating Moves programmes!  

This year we could be seen in the Momentum Dance Tent at Brent Respect Festival on Saturday 3rd July and Brent Tea Dance with a difference on Wednesday 14th July at Brent Town Hall – delivering another high energy workshop in Bollywood Ballroom! Akademi has begun a Family Learning project in Brent this year which aims to engage 10-16 year olds and their families in dance and arts activity whilst linking in to their local community.

Akademi are delighted to be working with Brent libraries and Brent 2010 Olympics Team within the local authority - if you would like to hear more or suggest potential partners or participants for Family Learning work please contact kath@akademi.co.uk

We welcome any suggestions for further partnerships with a particular focus on working with disadvantaged 5-18 yr olds and over 50s in the borough. This could be dance and health work for example. Contact Akademi’s Education & Community Programme Officer with your suggestions or queries: jess@akademi.co.uk Tel 0207 6913210.

Camden
Akademi's Initium at Queen's Crescent Mela. Photo credit: Pete SchiazzaFrom primary school Diwali workshops with Kingsgate School to Big Arts Week -intensive programmes at Acland Burghely Secondary School, Akademi continue to be busy promoting participation and awareness of dance and cultural activity in Camden.

Throughout 2009 Akademi delivered numerous dance and related arts sessions in Camden due to the support of London Councils and worked with 1100 disadvantaged children and young people. We worked with Arts Council England, Be Creative Be Well, Kilburn Events Team and Queens Crescent Community Centre to bring our large-scale site specific performance “Initium” and participatory dance to the Queens’ Crescent Community festival. This work promoted access to the arts for all ages and joined people together from neighbouring community centres.

Akademi piloted Bollywood Ballroom dance sessions for over 50s residents with Camden Active Health at One KX and worked with the Camden Healthy Communities department to link dance with active health and promote access to cultural activity at various community engagement and healthy living events - working with a total of 3241 older people and BAMER people last year.

We also worked with Camden School Sports and Dance Development Groups on staff INSET days and youth initiatives. Akademi and The British Museum delivered a rich programme of performance and participatory activity surrounding the Garden & Cosmos exhibition and the Indian Summer programme in 2009.

Throughout this year we hope to strengthen partnership work with Age Concern Camden and Camden Active Health to promote active health, social cohesion and access to cultural activities for older people in the borough of Camden. Akademi has also been working with individual centres such as Bedford House, the Charlie Ratchford Day Centre and the Surma Centre Bengali Workers Association. The focus of this work is to research and develop the best practice and approach to working with older people and support and inform service providers, arts organisations and practitioners as well as funders working across London.  

We will also continue to provide arts education and dance participatory activities for disadvantaged 5-18 year olds and welcome your suggestions for further partnerships particularly with this target group of young people; as well as over 50s in the borough. Please contact Akademi’s Education & Community Programme Officer to find out more about our work: jess@akademi.co.uk Tel 0207 6913210.

 

Croydon
Dancers Aindrila Ghosh & Senjuti Das. Photographer: Renata McDonnellIn August 2009, Akademi worked with Croydon Mela to enhance the programme with high energy Bollywood dance and classical Hindustani song performance and workshops. Akademi brought an enthralling platform of new dance to Croydon Clock tower with their Daredevas showcase of up and coming South Asian dance artists. Akademi worked with 3712 older people and BAMER people in Croydon last year. 

We very much hope to use our support from London Councils to offer Croydon residents further opportunity to access new cultural and artistic activities in 2010 and beyond and welcome your suggestions for further partnerships with a particular focus on culturally diverse artists and residents of over 50 in the borough of Croydon. Please contact Akademi’s Education & Community Programme Officer to find out more about our work: jess@akademi.co.uk Tel 0207 6913210.

 

Ealing
In 2009 Akademi collaborated with Ealing’s Culture and Events Services to promote access to cultural activity in the borough. We thoroughly enjoyed performing our large scale site-specific piece Initium at the London Mela which gave audiences a taste of South Asian classical and folk dance fused with contemporary dance, street arts and circus. Audiences also took part in participatory dance activities as dancers worked their way through the park.

Akademi over 50s session at Oaktree Community Centre. Photographer: R J FernandezFrom March 2010 Akademi has been working with South Acton-based dance company Nexus LatinoAmericanos at Oaktree Community Centre on a research and development project which looks at the best practices and approaches to delivering dance programmes designed with and for older people.

The project was structured around a series of workshops exploring a number of partner and social dance styles led by Margarita Zuluaga from Nexus LatinoAmericanos and Akademi artist Joan Pires. The findings will be disseminated to support and inform service providers, arts organisations, practitioners and funders working across London. To find out more about the project or local dance provision contact jess@akademi.co.uk

Akademi worked with 550 disadvantaged children and young people through our London Councils Creating Moves programme last year and welcome your suggestions for further partnerships with children and young people’s services, schools and other arts organisations who might like to work with us in 2010. Contact jess@akademi.co.uk  

 

Greenwich
Akademi is already enjoying a busy year in Greenwich with performances and specially –commissioned workshops which took place at the Greenwich Living Well, Living Longer event, Eltham Great Get Together and Kidbrooke Cluster Family Fun Day and Great Get Together this year.

As well as aiming to promote dance and participation in the heart of Greenwich communities, Akademi has been working with Greenwich Community Engagement Team to reach the larger Greenwich community and Greenwich Healthy Communities Team to promote active health, mental well-being and social cohesion- often with a particular focus on over 50s groups.

We also continue to bring creative participatory South Asian dance sessions to disadvantaged 5-18 year olds in the borough of Greenwich. Akademi worked with 550 disadvantaged children and young people through our London Councils Creating Moves programme last year and welcome your suggestions for further partnerships with children and young people’s services, schools and other arts organisations who might like to work with Akademi’s dancers and artist educators in 2010.  

 

Hackney
From yoga and classical South Asian dance to African dance and healthy eating - Akademi has been working with Age Concern Hackney, Age Well and Homerton University Hospital and Hackney Diabetes Trust to bring new enthralling, informative dance and active health sessions to over 50s in the borough. In June Indrani Datta brought a stunning Kathak dance performance to attendees at Hackney Diabetes Trust event and led a fun workshop which explored useful breathing techniques and strengthening and mobilising hand and upper body postures through the classical dance style.  

Akademi is delighted with the Hackney-based partnerships that we have formed and the valuable support, advice and guidance that they have given to Akademi’s steering group focussed on arts and older adults. Hackney colleagues have worked with Akademi on the development of high quality programmes for over 50s groups. Akademi worked with over 200 older people and BAMER people in Hackney last year.

For more information please contact jess@akademi.co.uk

 

Hammersmith & Fulham 
In the Autumn term 2009 Akademi delivered projects for 14-19 year olds at Henry Compton School and Burlington Danes School. These projects offered an intensive performing arts and dance programme with the additional benefit of earning the Arts Award accreditation. Participants worked with Akademi, Albert and Friends Circus Company and story-telling drama practitioner David Taubman to develop their practical and performance skills.

Burlington Danes School. Photographer: Roisin FeeneyWe also delivered a Bollywood course for Hammersmith & Fulham Summer Universities 2009 and the Lyric Square Swing By festival - working with a total of 275 disadvantaged children and young people throughout the year.

Through support from London Councils, Akademi made new partnerships with Hammersmith & Fulham Adult Learning Services as well as Age Well. The partnership delivered a day of dance to promote dance and active health to over 50s in the borough- where participants could learn about Bollywood dance and Classical South Asian dance through working with professional dancers on useful ‘everyday exercises’ as well as dance performance.

Akademi has also built strong links with The Asian Health Agency and value the collaborations with them- from one-off dance workshops linking classical South Asian dance with exercise and movement, to performance programmes for annual events at centres across London established by The Asian Health Agency. Akademi worked with a total of 367 BAMER and older people in the borough last year.  

 

Harrow
In 2009 Akademi worked with the Harrow Arts & Events team to bring South Asian dance, yoga and arts and crafts to the Under One Sky festival. Akademi worked with 786 disadvantaged children and young people last year.

We have also built strong partnerships with London Councils beneficiaries The Asian Health Agency as well as the Asian Elder Women’s Association to promote dance and active health to service users at numerous centres and events.

Come and join us this year at the Harrow Summer Universities Kathak and yoga course with Neesha Radia- to find out more please contact jess@akademi.co.uk or go online to http://www.futureversity.org/course_detail.aspx?id=9562

Akademi worked with a total of 2452 BAMER and older people in the borough last year and hopes to continue to work to promote active health, social cohesion and access to cultural activities for residents. We would welcome any suggestions for future partners.

 

Hounslow
Dancer Payal Patel. Photographer: R J FernandezAkademi and The Asian Health Agency are continuing to work in close partnership to promote access to cultural activity and increased participation in dance and active health sessions. Akademi has also worked with Age Concern Hounslow as well as the projects of the Fit as a Fiddle initiative South Asian dance artist Rachel Waterman.

We hope that you may have seen the culmination of this partnership work with Rachel Waterman’s older adults dance group performance at Hounslow’s People’s Day in June 2009. As a development of the success of the group Akademi has supported them in sourcing further performance opportunities at venues such as The Dominion Centre in Southall and Waterman’s.

You might also have seen our professional Akademi productions Daredevas at Waterman’s Art Centre and Initium on Hounslow High Street. Hundreds of spectators and local residents enjoyed watching the shows and taking part in interactive sessions with the professional dancers. Our latest show was at Waterman’s on Saturday 10th July!

Last year Akademi worked with a total of 367 BAMER and older people in the borough of Hounslow and we welcome your suggestions for potential beneficiaries and partnerships for our projects in 2010- with a particular focus on over 50 year olds in Hounslow.

 

Islington
Akademi has strengthened partnerships in the borough in recent months. We collaborated with Peabody Housing Association in Islington over the past year. We have worked with the housing association to promote access to new cultural activity and provide participatory dance session for children and young people in Islington by contributing to public festivals and events such as the Grimaldi Park Festival. We worked with 825 disadvantaged children and young people last year.

Akademi & Sadler’s Wells youth dance project.Akademi has also been working with Sadler’s Wells on a project for 14-19 year olds living or studying in Islington. The project is linked to Big Dance 2010 and offers an intensive Breaking and Bhangra dance programme with the additional level of the Arts Award accreditation. Come and see the group perform at Lillian Baylis Studio on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th July 2010! They will also be at The Scoop showcase event on Saturday 10th July 2010. Recruitment for the project has been very successful with an attendance of participants from a diversity of backgrounds, including Mount Carmel Girls Secondary School, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Secondary School, Highbury Fields School, the Sylvia Young Stage School as well as NEET young people (not in employment, education or training) and home schooled young people.

As part of our London Councils Programme for disadvantaged 5-18 year olds -Creating Moves - the Education & Community department provided eight artists for the Barbican ‘Do Something Different’ Weekend on 6th and 7th March. The education programme consisted of two dance artists, one yoga facilitator and five visual artists who delivered workshops in Rajasthan Folk Dance, Bollywood Dance, Rangoli, lantern-making, mobile-making and paper flower garland making for children and families. Akademi promoted this event to partners and beneficiaries in the borough. We reported an estimated attendance of 300 children and young people from the borough of Islington. 

 

Kensington & Chelsea
Following on from the success of our 2009 Summer Universities Bollywood dance course, Akademi worked with Kensington & Chelsea Extended School Service and Targeted Children Services on a summer university dance course for pupils at the new Chelsea Academy School. The project was aimed at young people at the transitional 11-13 years stage – year 7 pupils and siblings entering education from September 2010- to engage and inspire them in education and the arts.

Last year Akademi performed their large scale professional production “Initium” outside Kensington & Chelsea town hall as part of Across the Street, Around the World Festival and promoted this performance opportunity to our partners – in particular the key borough service providers for over 50s such as Open Age who we continue to work with to promote access to new cultural activity as well as participation in dance sessions linked to active health and well-being.

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Akademi are developing programmes for the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Health Charity arts programme. In April 2010 Ragini Dhingri and Lavini Suthenthiran performed in the hospital atrium and wards for patients and visitors and Akademi hopes to develop participatory activity in dance and related arts with the Hospital in 2010/2011.

Akademi worked with 550 disadvantaged children and young people and 486 BAMER and older people in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea last year. To find out more about our work please contact jess@akademi.co.uk

 

Lambeth
Akademi’s collaborative Kathak Choir and Beat boxing project - Urban Vani - with the Southbank Centre, Patidar Encee Academy, Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Shlomo was enjoyed by hundreds at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Southbank Centre and the Thames Festival in 2009.

Akademi Big Dance youth project in Lambeth.Since March 2010 Akademi has been working on an exciting youth dance project with 10-16 year olds living or studying in Lambeth. The project has been supported by Lambeth City Learning, The Ritzy Picture house and Bride & Prejudice Film Director Gurinder Chadha and the final performance from this Bhangra and Bollywood project was performed as part of Big Dance Lambeth 2010! The project has been successful in bringing together young people from a number of schools and youth centres in the borough of Lambeth, including; Charles Edward Brooke School, Stockwell Park School, St Andrews C of E Primary School and Marcus Lipton Youth Centre. We hope that you saw us perform our piece at Windrush Square (outside The Ritzy Picture House Brixton) on Friday 9th July 2010. To find out more about this project contact jess@akademi.co.uk

We have also enjoyed a developing relationship with Lambeth School Sports Partnership by delivering Bollywood and Kathak dance programmes in Kingswood Primary School, Elwood Primary School and Paxton Primary School this year to promote and raise awareness about South Asian dance- as well as the performance and film screening opportunity around our Big Dance Lambeth project. Akademi will also build on our partnership with Age Concern Lambeth this year following on from our involvement in Celebrating Age Festival in October 2009. Last year Akademi worked with 550 disadvantaged children and young people and 800 BAMER and older people in the borough of Lambeth. If you would like to find out more about our work please contact jess@akademi.co.uk

 

Lewisham 
In June 2009, Akademi took part in Lewisham People's Day. Residents of the borough of Lewisham enjoyed an open workshop in Bollywood Ballroom. This session was led by Akademi dance artist Joan Pires in The village Hall Tea Dance Tent and gave festival goers the chance to try their hand at fusing a mixture of social and partner dance styles such as Rumba, Salsa and Ballroom with popular Bollywood dance phrases!

Last year Akademi worked with 325 BAMER and older people in the borough of Lewisham and we are currently looking for new partnerships and centres to work with to raise awareness of South Asian dance in the borough and promote participation in dance linked to active health and well-being for over 50s groups. Please contact Akademi’s Education & Community Programme Officer to find out more! Email: jess@akademi.co.uk

 

Southwark
Since the London Councils programme began in 2008, Akademi has worked with a number of children and young people in the borough of Southwark through projects at Globe Academy, Harris Academy and Peckham Academy. Last year we 1100 disadvantaged 5-18 year olds benefitted from our London Councils programme Creating Moves in Southwark. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with Southwark Culture Services on Big Dance 2010 initiatives which aim to raise awareness of South Asian dance in the borough and promote participation in dance linked to active health and well-being.

John Harvard Library. Photographer R J FernandezGuy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, Photographer R J FernandezWe hope you saw us this month at the following Big Dance events:

Classical South Asian dance and Story-telling performance and open workshop @ John Harvard Library- Saturday 3rd July 2010 (11am-midday)

Classical South Asian dance performance @ Southwark Asian Centre- Tuesday 6th July 2010 (1:30pm-3pm)

Classical south Asian dance performance @ Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital- Thursday 8th July 2010 (midday-12:50pm)

Due to the success of this event Akademi hopes to develop participatory activity in dance and related arts with the hospital in 2010.

To find out more go to http://www.bigdance2010.com/events or contact jess@akademi.co.uk  

Akademi also worked with 367 BAMER and older people in the borough and will build on our partnership with Southwark Events team this year and in to Spring 2011 following on from our involvement in Southwark Silver Festival 2009.

 

Tower Hamlets  
Following on from our successful collaboration with Kinetika for the Baishaki Mela last year, Akademi has just completed an enjoyable partnership with commissioned Emergency Exit Arts by Tower Hamlets Culture Services on the Baishaki Mela parade 2010. Artists Manuela Benini and Urja Desai Thakore worked at Osmani Primary School, St Paul's Primary School and Manorfield Primary School.

Baishaki Mela 2010. Photographer: Jess LintonAs part of Creating Moves, the Education & Community department provided eight artists for the Barbican ‘Do Something Different’ Weekend on 6th and 7th March. The education programme consisted of two dance artists, one yoga facilitator and five visual artists who delivered workshops in Rajasthan Folk Dance, Bollywood Dance, Rangoli, lantern-making, mobile-making and paper flower garland making for children and families. Akademi promoted this event to partners and beneficiaries in the borough.

Last year 849 disadvantaged children and young people in the borough of Tower Hamlets benefitted from our London Councils programme Creating Moves and 2209 BAMER and older people on our Inter Action programme. Akademi are currently looking for new partnerships and centres to work with to raise awareness of South Asian dance in the borough and promote participation in dance linked to active health and well-being for over 50s groups. Please contact jess@akademi.co.uk to find out more!  

 

Westminster
Akademi were delighted to work with the National Portrait Gallery earlier this month to promote The Indian Portraiture 1560-1860 exhibition at their Late Friday event. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed watching Akademi’s professional performance Bells amongst the galleries as well as an installation performance piece with a group of young up-and-coming dance artists in the Mughul Miniatures.

Akademi at National Portrait Gallery. Photographer Jorge A. HerreraAs part of Creating Moves, the Education & Community department provided eight artists for the Barbican Do Something Different Weekend on 6th and 7th March. The education programme consisted of two dance artists, one yoga facilitator and five visual artists who delivered workshops in Rajasthan Folk Dance, Bollywood Dance, Rangoli, lantern-making, mobile-making and paper flower garland making for children and families. Akademi promoted this event to partners and beneficiaries in the borough.

Akademi worked with 550 disadvantaged children and young people and 733 BAMER and older people in the borough of Westminster last year. If you would like to find out more about our work please contact jess@akademi.co.uk 

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING
Since April 2010 and June 2010 Akademi have already worked with 30 artists from April 2010 - June 2010. From these 13 are new dance artists who have benefitted from performance opportunity, observations, work shadowing, team teaching, training and further job opportunities through the new partnerships that Akademi have brokered. This has been made possible through our Inter Action programme supported by London Councils.

Akademi delivers workshops and small and large-scale performances in the following London Boroughs. To find out more about our activity in specific boroughs click on the borough's name below.

Barnet
Bexley
Brent
Camden
Croydon
Ealing
Greenwich
Hackney
Hammersmith & Fulham
Harrow
Hounslow
Islington
Kensington & Chelsea
Lambeth
Lewisham
Southwark
Tower Hamlets
Westminster

 

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