Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Enlightening Weekend Recipe

  • ·      Cover a 6m by 3m floor with sheeting
  • ·      Add rice, lentils, flowers, and sand
  • ·      Garnish with Glitter
  • ·      Sift with creativity and enjoy your beautiful Rangoli Artwork

Bustling with guests of every age and artists of every genre, the Lighthouse in Poole was brought to life in an open day event like no other, organised to celebrate the re-opening of their arts centre.  With dancers, actors and even circus performers this day was set to be one to remember, how could we not join in? We took the long journey down to Poole in order to add our own flavour to this event with a participatory Rangoli workshop and a special performance of  ‘Salaam’. 

Our Projects Manager (and in house Artist) Mel Lewis hosted the participatory workshop, helping members of the public to create beautiful patterns and decorations on the floor, inspired by the traditional Indian art of Rangoli. The bright colours and swirling shapes soon caught the eyes of the public and before we knew it we were bustling with people getting stuck in and releasing their inner creativity.  

From the abundance of lovely comments we know that this event was greatly enjoyed, and hope that our presence truly helped the day to sparkle. We hope everyone working at the lighthouse had a fantastic time too, and will continue to host a kaleidoscope of events in their wonderfully re-furbished arts venue!




Written by Olivia Buckland

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


The Whole Package
'neatly wrapped with everything included'


Who would have thought on a rainy Monday morning that I would find myself standing in front of the Tardis?

Well… maybe me a little, I was at the BBC after all.

Sat amongst a crowd of smiling and eager faces, in a small room cleverly named ‘Ambridge’, I learned more about radio in a day than I normally would in a year!

I was invited by the lovely Berni from BBC WM to attend an ‘open doors’ event aimed at charities and small organisations like ourselves. The day was packed full of workshops, tours and knowledge and successfully covering everything from pitching a news story, to radio terminology and how to use your iPhone charger as a tripod (yes, really)! And of course, who wouldn’t love an inside look at the BBC, including props and costumes.

I had a fantastic time meeting various BBC Employees and chatting with friendly faces from like-minded companies, and I would highly recommend getting in on a BBC Open Doors event if you are interested in radio and how to better market your company. 

It’s a 10 from me!




Written by Olivia Buckland

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Kathak Camp is coming back!?
Yes! It's true!


Do you remember our Kathak Camp from earlier this year? I definitely do!

While not able to participate (due to having two left feet and anti-rhythm) I was still immersed in all things dance and music as I wandered from studio to studio,  shooting video clips and interviewing students. With Tabla music booming and footsteps beating, we brought The Old Rep alive with raw talent and enthusiasm… and we are ready to do it again at our very own Baithak House in Digbeth.  

An intense, full 4 days of Kathak and Tabla lay ahead, with critically acclaimed artists helping you to learn, evolve and home your skills, further allowing you to unleash your inner artist.

On top of all this excitement I have even more news to share with you, Rani Khanam will be joining us to teach lucky students and help to push and evolve skills even further than before! All the way from New Dehli, Rani is a Kathak exponent who's contribution to the field of art is profound and unparalleled in traditional dance history.


Kathak Camp runs from the 22nd to 26th February 2017


If you would like to register your interest in joining our incredible Kathak Camp, or have any questions, please contact mel@ssco.org.uk. Spaces are limited so don't delay!

Written by Olivia Buckland


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Art of Ballet and Calligraphy

The Art of Ballet and Calligraphy.

t’s a funny job working in Marketing for an artistic company, some days are spent sat at my laptop, tapping away at keys and others are spent out and about meeting famous artists and snapping away with my camera. As a prime example, today I had the privilege of meeting Royal Ballet Company’s Marion Tait, and getting a first hand look at how ‘Dastaan’ is coming together…

As you may know ‘Dastaan’ is the new name for one of our latest projects (formerly Calligraphy in Motion). It is shaping up to be an innovative and unique mix of art, live music and film projection all inspired by the beauty of Persian Calligraphy. So how does a professional Ballet dancer fit into all of this? From our own point of view there could not be a deeper connection between the strokes, flicks and lines of ink on paper and the beautiful grace of a ballerina’s technique.


While at the studio Marion practiced a small section of choreography, sweeping her hands back and forth and creating intricate moments with her fingers. In the brief time I spent watching, her elegance and beauty gave her an incredible aesthetic that is to be treasured, I can no longer wait to see the finished production and how much it has grown from seedling ideas.

Written by Olivia Buckland



Tuesday, 8 November 2016

USTAD SABRI KHAN MEMORIAL CONCERT
featuring excerpt of new work 'Dastaan'


This evening is dedicated to the legendary Sarangi maestro the late Ustad Sabri Khan. As one of the most celebrated musicians and pioneers of the Sarangi during both 20th and 21st centuries, his name was synonymous with this astonishingly beautiful, and quintessentially Indian classical instrument. The international concert will include Qawwali, Sarangi and music from Iran on Sehtar.

The evening also previews an excerpt of Soina Sabri Company's new work by Sabri Ensemble, Dastaan: an emotive and unique experience of film projection, inspired by Persian Calligraphy, accompanied by original live music. In Dastaan the calligraphy comes alive and dances across the screen for a poignant meeting of the interlinked cultures of India an Persia, transforming into the context of a modern, multi-cultural Britain.


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Friday 25th November at 8pm
mac Birmingham
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Tickets £12 (standard) £10 (concessions)
Sales & information 0121 446 3232
Book Online: www.macarts.co.uk





Tuesday, 1 November 2016

LOK VIRSA: Beyond Borders at RICH MIX in London.

 

What a fantastic turn out we had for LOK VIRSA on Sunday 23rd October at Rich Mix London!

A huge thank you to everyone who turned up and got stuck in with our activities, and to the incredible artists that helped make this day a huge success, including Kathakaars and Showmi Das Dance Troupe.

We received some wonderful feedback from the people involved including the lovely comment below:

 

‘Thank you very much for everything today at Rich Mix. We had a fabulous time and I'm happy to get to know your organisation. It was a pleasure for the eye, ears, heart and soul. Keep up with the good work. Thank youuuuu so much for sharing your passion with us.’






We can’t wait to do this all again, and share our passion with more wonderful and generous people! Keep your eyes peeled for further up dates.





Monday, 10 October 2016

AKAAR 2017

After last years incredible turn out, Akaar will be back for 2017 and aims to be bigger and better than ever!

We are inviting Midlands based dance and music groups to take part in our showcase event, AKAAR at The Old Rep, Birmingham on Saturday 28th January 2017 at 7.30pm.

Akaar 2017 is a special performance event that aims to celebrate emerging and undiscovered talent and support the interest and breadth of South Asian Arts being created across the Midlands. Both individuals and groups are invited to present their own work in an iconic and professional setting, right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. 

We welcome all performing arts groups, including non-South Asian artists and performers offering work with South Asian flavour. 

For further information or to request an application form please contact olivia@ssco.org.uk . Deadline for applications is Thursday 1st December 2016. 


Help us to spread the word, and bring well-deserved recognition to talented artists!