Our 2011 highlights

Tue, Jan 31 2012 07:21
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After two years of research and development, SSCo created its most successful collaborative work to date including artists from Contemporary, African and Hip Hop genres and toured nationally and internationally. SSCo was the only small –mid scale company to tour the most number of UK performances in 2011 and the success of Kathakbox extended to being shortlisted for the prestigious London Dance Awards. It’s a must see - so catch the last few shows in the Spring if you can. You can find more details on Kathakbox here.

“A riot of sight and sound...witty...an artistic feast, as rich in cultural diversity as it is in humour...” Londonist

Alongside developing urban kathak and touring Kathakbox, Sonia and Musical Director and Tabla maestro Sarvar Sabri created a new work within the classical idiom which continues to tour in 2012. Ekalya: meaning ‘solo’ or ‘the one’ is a beautifully intimate crafting of solo dance and live music. ‘The captivating Sonia Sabri, accompanied by an ensemble of musicians presents a journey through the varied moods, rhythms, and intricacies of her uniquely personal style of Kathak.’ Audiences have been enthralled and mesmerized.

“Wow wow wow - thank you all for your delightful and uplifting exploration of human wonder in dance and rhythm - if only every Friday night felt this good!” Audience member

For the last two years, Sonia has been invited to curate, host and perform interactive performance – lectures for the Southbank Centre's Alchemy festival. In 2010, SSCo presentedWhat is South Asian Dance? featuring guest artist and Bharathanatyam virtuoso Mavin Khoo. This provided a ravishing insight to the classical dances of India with projected visuals and performances with live music, including a magnificent duet between Sonia and Mavin. Why do South Asian Dance?, the title of last year’s presentation explored the reasons why Kathak and Bharathanatyam, Britain’s two most popular classical dance forms still resonate with audiences and students today and especially within a populist culture. SSCo conducted a research with over 150 students and the enlightening results were presented in the event. Some of Sonia’s Kathak students and guest Bharathanatyam artist Anusha Subramanyam with her students were invited to perform a variety of short excerpts celebrating the uniqueness of each style. The event was a huge success with an audience in thirst for more.

Milapfest’s Dance India
Milapfest invited Sonia to UK’s most successful and prestigious Indian dance summer school. Legendary artists and teachers from India teach students from UK and abroad at Liverpool Hope University as part an intensive 10 day training course in Kathak, Bharthanatyam and Odissi together with evening performances by the artists. Sonia was the only British dancer to be invited to deliver a lecture-demonstration and perform with Live music as part of a double bill with India’s foremost Bharathanatyam dancer Priyadarshini Govind. The show was a sell out and SSCo received a rapturous standing ovation.

"Assertive...elegant...Sabri is a master of her form" Dance Europe

Sonia Sabri Company delivered a range of workshops in early years settings, community groups, schools and in HE and FE institutions. Some of these ran alongside the Kathakbox and Ekalya performances and others independently.

Sonia specifically delivered choreographic workshops, masterclasses and residencies nationally and internationally. Some of the UK highlights include The Place Summer course, Surrey University, Cambridge University and The Royal Ballet School. A two- year project for a young carers run by Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal in partnership with Gem Arts culminated into a fantastic performance at the Brewery as part of an Indian arts festival.

“I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful teaching of my group last week. The students were so reluctant to try this ‘new’ thing and it was so delightful for me to come in and see them engaged, smiling and DANCING!” Faculty of Education, Cambridge University.

Moving On symposium
Sonia was invited to be a keynote speaker at CICD’s Moving On Symposium at The Curve, Leciester. As she was already booked for a performance of Kathakbox in Plymouth, Sonia presented a pre-recorded talk to the symposium about her experiences of establishing herself as an artist. It was received very well and notably complimented by many, one of which said “she’s a rock star!”.

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