Akademi Chronicles

Spirit Unleashed

South Asian dancers perform to a crowd
Spirit Unleashed performance at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 13 Nov 2001, photo courtesy Akademi Archives

Performances, 2001

Spirit Unleashed were two site-specific performances on 13 November 2001, devised and co-ordinated by Akademi’s then Community Officer, Nicola Froud, in collaboration with Chelsea and Westminster hospital Arts as part of Dancing for the Spirit a two-year programme at the hospital, generously funded by the Bridge House Estates Trust Fund. Its aim was to have face to face interaction with patients, staff and visitors via visual art, dance, music and video workshops over an intensive week. After which, there would be intense artist and student contact exploring themes from the Ramayana with the aim of producing a performance piece. A site specific multimedia performance of light, sound and movement involving 50 dancers, 3 musicians, 2 choreographers and a video and visual artists exploring the story of Diwali through Ramayana.


Directed by Arti Prashar
Choreographed by Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Anusha Subramanyam
Musicians – Tom Simenauer, Neil Craig and Peter Mac Donald
Video Artist – Bhavesh Hindocha
Visual Artist – Sarbjit Natt

Video – Performance

Spirit Unleashed performance at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 2001

Spirit Unleashed flyer

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