India at the heart of London – 2nd – 19th August

India at the heart of London - 2nd - 19th August

This year’s Trafalgar Square Festival takes inspiration from the Mayor of London’s India Now season, with three weeks of breathtaking outdoor dance, theatre and spectacle, designed to illustrate the creative connections between London and India. The programme of free events will feature new collaborations and pioneering outdoor commissions from London based, Indian and other international companies and is a key event in the three-month India Now season

Trafalgar Square Festival highlights include Dreaming Now, an entrancing dance extravaganza combining ballet with Bharatanatyam from Akademi South Asian Dance UK and Shiva Dance, a newly commissioned, poetic, aerial dance piece directed by Vena Ramphal inspired by sacred geometry and evoking the Chola bronze sculptures of Southern India.

There will be a stunning collaboration between leading installation artist Naresh Kapuria, working with London-based Kathak dancers and the Belgian Theater Tol, featuring hundreds of Indian bells and entrancing performers suspended from a crane.

Juggernaut – Tara in the Sky! a new outdoor performance from Tara Arts, one of the UK’s leading South Asian theatre companies, will create a powerful theatrical ritual celebrating the relationship between London and India, with a spectacle of dance and music soaring into the sky, and Nagarantharan, a major new commission from the Bangalore-based Attakkalari Centre, will evoke the sights and sounds of Indian streets – including choreography on motor scooters.

In the final week of the festival, Namastey Trafalgar Square, a specially commissioned Bollywood spectacle will see a giant canvas painted live by Mumbai poster painters, who will re-imagine London as an Indian city at the foot of Nelson’s Column. This exciting collaboration between the poster painters, London-based choreographer Joan Pires, composer Niraj Chag and the French aerial company Les Passagers, will include a spectacular vertical Bollywood dance extravaganza performed by a team of fearless aerialists, which will be played out each day against the background of this extraordinary vividly painted giant poster.

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: ‘Throughout the summer, London is proud to be hosting India Now, a citywide season celebrating the riches of this diverse and dazzling culture. The sixth Trafalgar Square Festival is very much a highlight and guarantees to be nothing short of spectacular. This year’s programme reflects and celebrates the distinctive Indian culture through dance, theatre, music and visual art offering a fantastic way to spend summer evenings, for Londoners and the capital’s visitors alike.’

This year the Trafalgar Square Festival is also working with, X.trax Manchester, which has resulted in Platform 4 Piccadilly, a project that will bring music, dance, circus and theatre from British and international artists to that city’s Piccadilly Gardens. Platform 4 will feature a number of shows originally commissioned for Trafalgar Square Festival including Dreaming Now by Akademi – with more shared events planned for 2008. ENDS

TRAFALGAR SQUARE FESTIVAL 2007

LISTINGS INFORMATION & PROGRAMME (subject to change)

Event: Trafalgar Square Festival
Location: Trafalgar Square, London
Dates: Every Thursday to Sunday for three weeks

Thursday 2 – Sunday 19 August 2007

Times: Thursdays 6pm / Fridays 8pm / Saturday & Sundays 3pm
Entry: FREE – ALL WELCOME
Information: www.london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare / www.visitlondon.com/india

PERFORMERS

Shiva Dance by Vena Ramphal (UK)
Londindia by Heir of Insanity (UK) / Niraj Chag (UK) Sapnay School of Dance (UK)
Dreaming Now by Akademi (UK)
3KON by Nritarutya (India)
Nagarantharan by Attakalari Centre (India)
JUGGERNAUT – Tara-in-the-Sky! by Tara Arts (UK)
Bells by Theatre Tol (Belgium) / Naresh Kapuria (India) / Akademi (UK)
Quick! by Nina Rajarani (UK/India)
Namastey Trafalgar Square by Les Passager (France)/ Joan Pires (UK)/ Niraj Chag (India) / Suresh Sandal (India)

WEEK ONE
Thursday 2- Sunday 5 August

Shiva Dance by Vena Ramphal (UK)
Thursday 2 / Friday 3 / Saturday 4 / Sunday 5

Vena Ramphal who created “Londoner” for the Trafalgar Square Festival in 2005 will present an exciting new performance combining contemporary Bharatanatyam with circus, inspired by sacred geometry and evoking the Chola bronzes of Southern India.

Londindia by Heir of Insanity (UK)/ Niraj Chag (India)/ Sapnay School of Dance (UK)
Thursday 2 / Friday 3

This exuberant, high-energy, circus-based spectacular will combine aerial performance on a giant dome rig, Bollywood dance and special effects. Featuring Heir of Insanity, the Sapnay School of Dance and original music by Niraj Chag, Londonindia will capture the celebratory confidence of India Now.

Dreaming Now by Akademi (UK)
Thursday 2 / Friday 3 / Saturday 4 / Sunday 5

This startling new production from Akademi will be a visually ravishing exploration of dance styles juxtaposing the lyricism of kathak and ballet with the spirited dynamics of bharatanatyam, contemporary dance and circus, delivering a vision of Trafalgar Square where youth, tradition and innovation collide.

3KON by Nritarutya (India)
Saturday 4 / Sunday 5

Nritarutya creates spectacular performances drawing on the diverse physical techniques of Indian classical dance and martial arts to provide resonant and sensory experiences that entertain and challenge. In 3KON, a triple bill of contemporary dance pieces will provide a tapestry of mesmerising movement, pulsating Indian rhythms and stunning images.

WEEK TWO
Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 August

Nagarantharan by Attakalari Centre (India)
Thursday 9 / Friday 10 / Saturday 11 / Sunday 12

The internationally acclaimed, Bangalore based Attakkalari Centre will evoke the sights and sounds of the streets of India in an exciting new site specific performance featuring amongst other things choreographed motor scooters!

Juggernaut – Tara in the Sky by Tara Arts (UK)
Thursday 9 / Saturday 11 / Sunday 12

Tara Arts, one of the UK’s leading South Asian theatre companies create a powerful theatrical ritual celebrating the relationship between India and London. Inspired by the deity that feeds modern cities Tara’s spectacle of dance and music literally soars into the sky about Trafalgar Square in a riot of colour.

Bells by Theatre Tol (Belgium)/ Naresh Kapuria( India) / Akademi (UK)
Friday 10

This breathtaking collaborative spectacle features one of India’s leading artists Naresh Kapuria, whose exquisite installations are created from hundreds of tiny bells. These bells will be echoed by the anklets worn by Akademi’s kathak dancers in dynamic choreography across Trafalgar Square before a vision overhead from Theater Tol creates a triumphant climax.

Quick! By Nina Rajarani (UK)
Saturday 11 / Sunday 12

Nina Rajarani, winner of the 2006 Place Prize, Europe’s largest choreographic competition, will present a new outdoor version of her acclaimed evocation of the hurly burly of the corporate business world with fast paced Bharatanatyam choreography and dynamic integration of dancers and musicians.

WEEK THREE
Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 August

Namastey Trafalgar Square by Les Passager (France)/ Joan Pires (UK)/ Niraj Chag (India)
Thursday 16 from 6pm / Friday 17 from 8pm
Saturday 18 / Sunday 19 from 3pm

In the final week of the Festival, a specially commissioned Bollywood spectacle will see a giant canvas painted live by Mumbai poster painters at the foot of Nelson’s column. In an exciting collaboration between London-based choreographer Joan Pires, composer Niraj Chag and the French aerial company Les Passagers, a spectacular vertical Bollywood dance extravaganza will be played out each day against the background of this evolving and vividly painted giant poster. Also featuring DJ Ritu one of London’s most highly respected DJs from radio and the club scene.

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