Enter the name for this tabbed section: Salaam
Sonia Sabri in Ekalya
Salaam literally meaning ‘peace’ is Sonia Sabri Company’s latest double programme with a stunning presentation of solo Tabla and Kathak dance. 
Salaam opens with a rare treat of solo tabla music by the world- renowned maestro Sarvar Sabri. He belongs to the Ajrara Gharana (school) of Tabla music which emphasises on intricate finger-work and rhythmic compositions that leaves audiences spell bound. The second half displays Sonia’s distinctive personal style of Kathak dance accompanied with live music including melodious vocals by versatile artist Shoma Dey.

Kathak is an exhilarating dance experience with an astounding display of precise footwork, eloquent gesture, rapid turns and heart-pounding rhythms.  Internationally acclaimed for her unique presentations, Sonia revisits the impact of Indian dance with evocative live music woven with Persian rhyme and spirit.
Key Features

  • Sonia Sabri is acclaimed as the foremost Kathak dancer of her generation, with a precise, graceful technique, command of rhythm and repertoire and enquiring approach to developing the artform.
  • Sonia’s Kathak is unique and a personal style revered by dance veterans and audiences worldwide.
  • SSCo’s productions feature a seamless relationship between music and dance, refined over 15 years of artistic collaboration between Sonia and Musical Director Sarvar Sabri. Sarvar Sabri is one of the most gifted tabla players and sensitive accompanists of dance in the world.
  • Sarvar Sabri is an internationally renowned tabla player and composer with a musical lineage stretching back ten generations to the Royal Court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. His knowledge provides a deep and unique insight into Indian classical music.

Learning & Participation

Alongside the production, the company offers a wide range of learning and participatory activities suitable for those interested in learning about Kathak and Indian Music.  The activities are catered for all ages and backgrounds. No previous experience is needed. Sonia and Sarvar are highly skilled teachers making the learning experience truly inspirational.  Bespoke activities can be arranged or opt from below:
  • Kathak and /or tabla master-classes
  • Introductory kathak workshops
  • Choreographic development
  • Theme based workshops/residencies


Sonia Sabri Company has an incredible cross over appeal due to the accessibility of its work. This work offers an insight into the intricate finger work of table playing and the technique that it requires. Salaam highlights the interplay between Live music and Kathak offering a thrilling experience for those both new and nurtured audiences: 
  • Family audiences
  • All ages and backgrounds
  • Classical music and dance audiences
  • World music audiences
  • General dance and theatre audiences
  • Suitable for rural touring and schools performances
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Performers
Sonia Sabri - Artistic Director
She has secured an international reputation for collaboration across ... [Read More]dance styles and art forms including work with pioneers Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyasingh, Nitin Sawhney, Rose English, Jonzi D, Tigerstyle, and many more. In addition, Sonia is a teacher of Kathak and regularly undertakes various workshops, lecture-demonstrations and residencies in both national and international venues. She is accredited by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). She is also the Artistic Director of her youth dance company, Kathakaars. Sonia’s innovation within her form has been highly acclaimed in the contemporary dance world through several commissions some including The Place Prize; BBC television, Channel Four, Tanzhaus, The South Bank Centre and recently for the Cultural Olympiad for 'Encompass 360 digital dance' project. She is a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and Lisa Ullman Choreography scholarship. Sonia was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award and recently for the London Dance Awards 2011. Sonia is an Associate Artist of one UK’s most celebrated arts centres, mac.

Sarvar Sabri – Musical Director
Sarvar Sabri is an internationally renowned tabla player/composer. His versatility and passion for the rich diversity of the world's musical traditions has spurred him to constantly experiment with other world-class musicians and composers, and to extend the boundaries of his own classical form.

Sarvar has also been involved in experimental work. As a soloist, he has worked with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) collaborating with the composer Judith Weir, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, East of England Orchestra and Sinfonia Baltica, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Viva Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Quartet. He is the founder of the Sabri Ensemble; a Birmingham-based group dedicated to exploring the richness of different musical traditions and styles. Sarvar has provided music for TV, Radio and various dance and theatre companies. He was also awarded the Arts Council Composer for Dance Award (2006). His recent works include composing music for 1928 silent film ‘Shiraz’ which is currently on tour. Sabri’s work can be heard on numerous CDs playing with some of the world’s renowned musicians.

In addition to Sonia and Sarvar, Salaam includes musical accompaniment by vocal and harmonium, sarangi and sitar artists. Exact cast of accompanying artists is dependent upon availability.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Reviews

“Expressive grace...switches effortlessly from romantic, courtly purity to an effervescent explosion of speed and flashing eyes” Dancing Times

“A dynamic performer with her own spin on the Indian classical tradition...makes you live it in the here & now” Metro

“Such an incredible musicality, it was impossible not to gaze in wonder and adoration.. An uplifting crescendo of music and dance” Dance Europe

“ Fine, intense, and intelligent..” The Times

Promoter’s comments

“Sonia Sabri is a breath of fresh air in the South Asian dance world... She is an artist who is forging an individual path...Sonia is an absolute joy to behold. Her technique and lines are faultless, her delivery focussed and passionate. She is every inch an artist, brave, committed, edgy.” Sanjeevini Dutta, Artistic Director, Kadam, UK

 “Sonia Sabri is a virtuoso, charismatic performer – she is part of the new generation of South Asian dancers making their mark on the dance scene.” Assis Carreiro, Artistic Director, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium.

Audience comments

"I didn’t want to blink, the performance was spectacular!"

"It was sophisticated and highly professional, Sonia’s performance was untouchable"

"I haven’t seen Indian Dance before and this is a fantastic introduction"

“It was mysterious and different from anything I’ve seen before”

“Sonia’s shows are full of good rhythm and energy”

“Such grace and beauty, superb musicians”

“Fine, beautiful and mesmerising”

“Beautiful performance, quite transporting and culturally exciting”
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