Nov
15
4:00 PM16:00

Odissi Ensemble - Apotheosis

Odissi Ensemble will be performing in the Hotung Gallery at the British Museum, as part of Akademi’s Apotheosis event.

Absorb the history of South Asia through sculpture and dance; one still and timeless, the other moving and ever evolving.

In this unique event in Akademi’s 40th anniversary programme, experience the artistry, fluidity and variance of Indian Classical dance styles performed with traditional live music against the backdrop of the exquisite sculptures in the British Museum’s Hotung Gallery.

https://akademi.co.uk/event/apotheosis

Dancers: Maryam Shakiba, Elena Catalano, Khavita Kaur

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

Devadasi Weekend, Glastonbury

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Partnering up with the amazing Demelza Fox, Maryam is really happy to be offering a weekend retreat in Glastonbury exploring sacred dance and the history of the temple dancer.

More details can be found here: http://www.priestesstraining.com/devidasi-weekend-5-6-october/

There will also be a performance on Saturday 5th October which will be open to the public.

Devotion through beauty is the way!

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Jun
29
to Jun 30

Odissi Ensemble - Sacred Shapes at Imagine Watford

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Sacred Shapes is a twenty-five-minute piece for outdoor spaces, based on the concept of the Mandala, a symbolic representation of Divine and cosmic energies. Choreographer Katie Ryan says, ‘I see parallels between the way in which the geometry, colour and symbolism of Mandalas can evoke a certain energy within a space for someone in meditation, with the way in which a dance performance can do a similar thing within a performance space for the audience.’

The music has been composed by the acclaimed vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, who appeared last month at the Barbican as an opening act for legendary guitarist Jim McLaughlin and band.

Sacred Shapes is performed with members of Odissi Ensemble, who have been performing as UK’s first professional Odissi Company since 2015. Last year they toured Gods and Mortals nationally to great acclaim.

Sacred Shapes blends dance, soundscape, design and pattern to weave shapes and beat rhythms that tell their own story of creation and the journeying to find meaning and purpose.

Location

Site 2

Running time

25 minutes

Times

  • Sat 29 Jun - 12:35pm

  • Sat 29 Jun - 4:40pm

  • Sun 30 Jun - 12:30pm

  • Sun 30 Jun - 3:15pm

Dancers: Maryam Shakiba, Elena Catalano, Kali Chandrasegaram, Khavita Kaur

More information: http://www.imaginewatford.co.uk/events/sacred-shapes/

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Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

Devonshire Square Diwali Mela

  • Devonshire Square London, England United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dancers Elena Catalano, Maryam Shakiba, Pallavi Basak and Pracheeti Dange will be performing odissi at Devonshire Square Diwali Mela.

This is a free event, and will also feature folkloric Rajastani dance and complimentary snacks by Cinnamon Kitchen.

More information and Eventbrite booking:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/devonshire-squares-diwali-festival-tickets-51895304252#

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Oct
20
12:30 PM12:30

Odissi Ensemble - Sacred Fires at Manchester Dashehra Diwali Mela

Inspired by the simple geometry incorporated in an ancient mystical diagram, Sacred Fires is an exciting collaboration between Walk the Plank, an outdoor performance art and pyrotechnics company, and the Odissi Ensemble.

Performing as the finale spectacular at Manchester Diwali Mela, this is a show not to be missed.

Free to attend!

Performances at 3.30pm and 7.30pm.


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Aug
29
12:30 PM12:30

Odissi Ensemble - Sacred Shapes

  • Ananda Arts Odissi Festival, University of Bedford (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Featured as part of Ananda Arts Odissi Festival, Odissi Ensemble will be performing their production ‘Sacred Shapes’; originally commissioned for Imagine Luton festival, June 2018.

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A powerful, engaging and dramatic piece of dance and visual theatre. Sacred Shapes is inspired by the symbolism of the ancient diagram, the Sri Yantra, of inverted triangles in a circle, which express the place of humans in the cosmos.

A quartet of dancers energise the space as they map out lines, curves and angles, making connections between each other and the audience.

The piece blends movement, soundscape, design and pattern to weave shapes and beat out rhythm that will tell its own story of creation, of journeying to find meaning and purpose in life’s quest.

Bedfordshire Choreographer Katie Ryan is the recipient of the Marion North Mentoring Award. The Odissi Ensemble is the only professional Odissi Company in the UK.

Featuring dancers:

Elena Catalano
Maryam Shakiba
Kali Chandrasegaram
Khavita Kaur

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May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Collective X - Love & Protest

Maryam will be supporting Collective X, a supergroup of musicians, poets and producers, showcasing their debut album Love & Protest.

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“Conceived by vocalist and composer, Alya Al-Sultani in the aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum, Collective X explores race, identity and the black and minority ethnic experience. Subjects range from the fetishisation of the black body to the honour killing of Banaz Mahmod; from Tinder to sisterhood. Although themes of dispossession and oppression take centre stage, they approach these problems with sass, humour and wit and their irrepressible joy in music-making shines through.

Line-up: Alya Al-Sultani, Cleveland Watkiss, Neil Charles, Pat Thomas, Joshua Idehen, Clemens Christian Poetzsch, Dave Ital, Robert Menzel and Mark Sanders. Plus special guests Heidi Vogel, probably the greatest female jazz singer in this country, and classical Indian dancer Maryam Shakiba.”

For more info and tickets: h

ttps://stratford-circus.com/event/love-protest/#data-sc-tabs-alt-index%3D%220%22=overview

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Nov
5
12:30 PM12:30

Mind Body Spirit Festival, Birmingham

Maryam will be performing odissi on the Free Stage and teaching a free introductory workshop in the Wellbeing Studio. All are welcome!

Performance: 1230-1300 Free Stage
Workshop: 1345-1430 Wellbeing Studio

More information can be found on the MBS website: http://www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk/birmingham/whats-on/sunday

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Jul
13
12:30 PM12:30

Tales of Silk & Music

  • Devonshire Square London, England, EC2M United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Maryam Shakiba and Katrina Rute will be performing odissi dance duets for this festival in Devonshire Square, London. Presented by Akademi South Asian Dance.

A lunchtime performance, free to attend.

http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/odissi-dance-duet-presented-by-akademi-south-asian-dance.aspx

 

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May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Odissi Ensemble, Gods & Mortals

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Odissi Ensemble touring production: Gods & Mortals

Four highly trained and charismatic dancers, UK’s only Odissi dance group, who have thrilled London audiences at the Southbank Centre, perform in Sunderland for one night only.

Live music accompaniment lends a special depth and spontaneity to the show. Vocals, tabla, violin and spoken rhythms accompany the dance.

Performing alongside dancers: Katie Ryan, Kali Chandrasegaram, Elena Catalano
Accompanied by musicians: Gurdain Ryatt, Ranjana Ghatak, May Robertson, Parvati Rajamani

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May
7
4:15 PM16:15

Odissi Ensemble, Gods & Mortals

Odissi Ensemble touring production: Gods & Mortals

Four highly trained and charismatic dancers, UK’s only Odissi dance group, who have thrilled London audiences at the Southbank Centre, perform in Luton for one night only.

Live music accompaniment lends a special depth and spontaneity to the show. Vocals, tabla, violin and spoken rhythms accompany the dance.

Performing alongside dancers: Katie Ryan, Kali Chandrasegaram, Elena Catalano
Accompanied by musicians: Gurdain Ryatt, Ranjana Ghatak, May Robertson, Parvati Rajamani

 

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Apr
16
12:30 PM12:30

Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

Maryam will be performing odissi at Greenwich Tall Ships Festival. Do come along for a fun family day out exploring culture and history!

Date: Sunday 16th April
Location: Cutty Gardens
Time: 1230-1300

More details about the event can be found here: http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships

Performance supported by Akademi and the Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

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Mar
22
2:30 PM14:30

The Indian Heroine in History, Art & Performance

Elena Catalano and Maryam Shakiba will be presenting "The Ashta Nayikas Explored Through Odissi" at this symposium in Oxford.

The classification of heroines (nāyikās) and heroes (nāyakas) is a central aspect of Indian aesthetic philosophy, taking place in dramaturgical works and Sanskrit treatises such as the Nāṭyaśāstra, in medieval bhakti poetry and in later vernacular works.

This presentation explores the idea of the nāyikā through the lens of the performing arts tradition of South Asia, particularly in the context of Bhakti. Odissi, one of the main dance forms of India and attributed in the 20th century with classical status, refers heavily to a core text of the Bhakti period for its repertoire: the Gita Govinda, seminal work of the poet Jayadeva. 

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Sep
18
3:30 PM15:30

Odissi Ensemble - Gods and Mortals

  • Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Odissi Ensemble is honoured to be performing as part of Darbar Festival, presented in association with Kadam and Pulse. 

Dancers:
Kali Chandrasegaram
Elena Catalano
Maryam Shakiba
Mahine Khanum

Musicians:
Ranjana Ghatak - vocals
May Robertson - violin
Harkiret Singh Bahra - tabla
Parvati Rajamani - reciting of bols

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/odissi-ensemble-gods-and-mortals-1001981

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Sep
11
11:00 AM11:00

Tiranga

  • Bob Jones Community Hub, Wolverhampton (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Odissi Movement Company (comprised of Elena Catalano and Maryam Shakiba) are performing and teaching a workshop at this event, organised by Jaivant Patel Dance.

http://sampad.org.uk/event/jaivant-patel-dance-presents-tiranga/ 

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