Akademi at 40 | Descendants (2019)

group of performancers on stage
Descendants. Photo: Simon Richardson

Inventive new work from UK’s three leading female choreographers in South Asian Dance.

Presented at Southbank Centre, Sunday 29 September 2019.

A triple bill of ground-breaking new work from UK’s three leading female choreographers in South Asian Dance – Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri and Gauri Sharma Tripathi. In this evening, they explored the social and emotional barriers in one’s life and the determined labour to overcome them.

“Amazing & inspiring evening of dance at Southbank Centre presented by Akademi featuring work by fantastic choreographers Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri & Gauri Sharma Tripathi.”

Asjad Nazir, Columnist, Eastern Eye

“Descendants : This tight trio of dynamic new dance works by Gauri Sharma Tripathi (exultant energy), Sonia Sabri (body-slapping doubt & determination) &  Mayuri Boonham (questioning aspiration & tension) = a panoramic depiction of aspects of female power…”

Donald Hutera, Critic


Silhouette | The Borderline by ANKH Dance

ChoreographyGauri Sharma Tripathi and Ashley Lobo
DancersShivani Sethia, Seema Patel, Jesal Patel, Tarini Tripathi and Saloni Saraf
DramaturgLou Cope
MusiciansNiraj Chag

Eve Rising by Mayuri Boonham

ChoreographyMayuri Boonham
PerformerArchana Ballal
MusiciansApple Blossom, Peter Garland, Simon Arriola, Aidan Hammond, Alex Henshaw and Andrew Woolcock, from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Music Rehearsal DirectorJason Huxtable

Spill by Sonia Sabri

Choreography and performanceSonia Sabri
Composer and Musical DirectorSarvar Sabri
Original Lighting DesignPrema Mehta
Costume DesignSonia Sabri
Costume MakerHarpreet Kundi
Recorded musicians:
VocalsBerty Dormay, Adama Khouma and Sarvar Sabri
NayE. Imam
Artistic ConsultantNikky Smedley

Akademi 40th anniversary

ProducerNina Head
LightingJai Morjaria
ImagesSimon Richardson

Supported by

Arts Council England and Southbank Centre.

Special thanks to

Rupert Thompson, Hiren Raghunath Chate, Navdhara, New Dimension Arts

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