Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Shrewsbury Folk Festival

We will dance together; They shall not pass.

This year, we were one of the lucky few commissioned to create a performance piece for Shrewsbury Folk Festival's exciting 'All Together Now' project! Collaborating with artists from all over the world we combined Kathak, Clog, Flamenco and African dance into a one time only performance, celebrating the rich cultures and art forms that exist in the UK.

We recognise the power and impact that art can make on modern day life, and it was with this in mind that we set out to challenge negativity, division and hatred, and our performance could not have spoken louder! An incredible 10,000 online viewers joined our live audience of 2800 to watch as we proved that not only can cultures rub alongside each other, but work together to create new and beautiful ideas and art.

We thoroughly enjoyed taking part and in this incredible opportunity, and hope you enjoyed it just as much as us.

Wishing a HUGE thank you all of the musicians and dancers that we collaborated with, and of course a very special thank you to Shrewsbury Folk Festival for making this performance possible. We can't wait to see what you have in store for next year!



Wednesday, 3 August 2016

LOK VIRSA: Beyond Borders

FREE EVENT




Prepare yourself for a celebratory Mela of South Asian art and culture, as Lok Virsa returns this summer!

Lok Virsa simply means ‘heritage of the people’.  It is this beautiful simplicity that Sonia Sabri Company celebrates, bringing together the art of music, poetry, crafts and dance rooted in the lands of the Indian subcontinent. This event will go ‘beyond borders’, to remind it’s audience of unity despite modern borders and political differences.

Artists originally from Pakistan will be sharing their love and passion for these art forms, bringing high quality and accessible arts right to your doorstep! These arts include: Music from Dhol Drummers, Vocalists, Miri Puri Music Group, Mushaira Poetry and various participatory activities in Dance, Arabic Calligraphy, Mehndi, Rangoli, Wood craft and Block Printing.

So far Lok Virsa has been greatly recieved, with some incredibly positive feedback! We can’t wait help more communities re-discover the roots and ideas behind South Asian music, dance and visual arts through Pakistani culture.

Upcoming Lok Virsa dates can be found on the ‘calendar’ section of our website.

Click here   to see a short video of Lok Virsa in action.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Sonia Sabri at Navadisha 2016!


From the 20th to the 22nd May, dancers are flocking to Birmingham from all over the world to join in with Navadisha International Dance Conference 2016. Navadisha 2016 is a trailblazing conference that seeks to stimulate, steer and secure the future of South Asian Dance as part of UK’s ever growing dance landscape!









Our very own Sonia Sabri will be attending the event as part of a panel discussion to exchange views on the future of South Asian dance and to share a short concept film for our forthcoming production ‘Nu Body’ (working title). Be sure not to miss these exciting events and see for the first time what ‘Nu Body’ is all about.












Navadisha 2016 20th to 22nd May
Friday 20th May at 10.30am - Conference
Sunday 22nd May at 10.10am – Nubody Concept Film


AND 


Salaam (excerpt) Sunday 22 May at 5pm

MAC Birmingham
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham
B12 9QH


For further information visit: http://navadisha2016.co.uk
Photo Credit (Sonia) : Simon Richardson

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Calligraphy In Motion

Calligraphy In Motion (Working Title)
21st April at 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm


Inspired by the beauty of Persian Calligraphy, this is our newest performance piece, currently in its research and development stages.  
Calligraphy In Motion is set to be a fantastical 1-hour film complete with live music, performed by world-renowned artists of various cultures and backgrounds. The concept for this piece was created by our very own Artistic Director Sarvar Sabri, who will be composing, directing and performing throughout. Join us in exploring the true grace and artistic value of Persian calligraphy with this wonderful new piece.

 We are pleased to announce that our first sharing of this incredible new venture will be at Flatpack Film Festival on Thursday 21st April! This is a completely free event.

Flatpack Film Festival
21st April

Flatpack Projects
 Unit 118,
The Custard Factory

Gibb St

Digbeth

Birmingham 
B9 4AA
For further details visit:

To keep up to date with what is inspiring this show visit:

Thursday, 24 March 2016

SALAAM AT RICH MIX, LONDON

13th May  

Immerse yourself in the beauty and elegance of Kathak dance and live music performed by world-renowned artists in our performance of Salaam, 13th May at RICH MIX.
Created in response to a world filled with unrest, Salaam aims to refocus and reminisce on all that is good, celebrating peace, harmony and the simple bliss of being alive. This double-bill programme is packed full of endearing musical patterns, eloquent gesture and rapid spins, be sure not to miss out!

RICH MIX
35-47 Bethnal Green Road,
London
E1 6LA
Book now: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/salaam/


Today we bring you a teaser video for our current touring performance ‘Salaam', click on below link for snippet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88Aon_LWyHw&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Arts Award Explore

Arts Award Explore 

 Congratulations Mel and Sonia



Big congratulations to Sonia Sabri and Mel Lewis who have now become trained Arts Award Explore Advisors! Our future plans are to develop this fantastic programme within schools and organisations.  We are starting our new journey with Arts Award in a local primary school in Birmingham, Niskam Primary, so do keep your eyes peeled for further information about this project. 
Arts Award Explore is an entry level 3 qualification designed for ages 7 and above but is open to anyone aged up to 25. The Arts Award Explore programme allows participants to take part in a range of art activities helping to develop their own personal creativity and to record the progress of this in a fun and creative way. While working towards their qualification participants will also experience the work of other artists and art organisations and have the opportunity to share their achievements with others.  
We feel Arts Award is a wonderful opportunity to spread the arts practise to our future generation thus empowering the community to make sense of their lives and the world around them, using the tools of imagination to leap forward and present a voice for the people, so everyone involved can stand a head taller than themselves in every day life. Art is a powerful tool that changes lives for the better!


If you would like further information about this amazing opportunity please contact Mel Lewis at:
For more information about Arts Award Explore visit:

NEXT STOP FOR SALAAM

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Thursday 24th March

 
Internationally acclaimed South Asian artists Sonia and Sarvar Sabri are returning to Ludlow Assembly Rooms for ONE NIGHT ONLY!


 
Salaam meaning ‘peace’ is Sonia Sabri Company’s latest stunning creation. This double-bill programme cleverly weaves a dialogue between live music and Kathak dance, celebrating harmony, inner –stillness and the simple bliss of being alive.

Salaam combines a rare treat of Tabla music by a world-renowned maestro. Sarvar Sabri performs outstanding compositions of rhythm, with complexity and speed, through his unique finger work. The talented Shoma Dey joins Sarvar Sabri and performs endearing musical patterns on the harmonium accompanied with powerful vocals, which fuel and vibrates a resonance in the performance.

Sonia presents sheer magic through expressive and rhythmic dance with live music. The audience are taken on a journey with Sonia’s poignant metaphorical narratives and though her command of intricate footwork, eloquent gesture and rapid spins. Audiences will be in awe!
Salaam was originally created in response to the unrest around the world and aims to refocus and reminisce on all that is good. If you've ever wondered where beat-boxing and rapping originates from, this is a show that will reveal the roots and more wonders!


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

Don't dealy book your Tickets today:

SALAAM
Thursday 24th March
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
1 Mill Street
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 1AZ


http://www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/event.php?id=3131

Photo credits: Pulkit Sharma