We are delighted to be partnering with the William Morris Gallery to co-curate two of their Late events.
WMG Lates are bi-monthly after-hours events that provide a chance to experience the Gallery in a relaxed adult atmosphere. Visit the special exhibitions and have opportunity to sample some of the best art, music, poetry and performance in London.
WMG Late: India
Thursday 2nd February 2017, 18.30 - 22.30
Free. No need to book. Galleries and bar open all evening.
This event explores William Morris’s fascination with Indian textiles and in particular the high quality craftsmanship, beauty of design and intensity of colour that had such an impact on William Morris’s designs.
Akademi kathak artist Parbati Chaudhury will perform a piece she has choreographed especially for this evening, accompanied by tabla player, Amritpal Singh Rasiya. Through a series of technical dances they will explore colour through costume, craftsmanship through their technique and precision and virtuosity and design through the choreography and interplay between tabla and dancer.
Parbati regularly features in Akademi, Pagrav Dance Company and Kadam-Pulse productions. As a teacher, she leads kathak classes at Siobhan Davies Dance, Pagrav Dance Company and Srishti. In 2015, she won two national youth dance awards: Akademi’s Kathak Solo Category of Yuva; and Milapfest’s Yuva Nritya Ratna Award, which she is using to look into unfamiliar performing arts disciplines such as kalaripayattu and musical theatre, thereby exploring fresh avenues of presentation, interpretation and alternative movement dynamics.
Amritpal Singh Rasiya is fast becoming recognised as one of the leading Tabla players in the UK. He has been guest artist at the BBC Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, appeared as guest artist on BBC Young Dancer 2015 and recently led a Tabla ensemble concert at the prestigious Darbar Festival. He is actively involved in teaching and performing lecture demonstrations throughout the UK and Europe and has been an active tutor of Tabla/Rhythm with Indian Classical Dance at the University of Surrey. He is a key sound therapist for StressManagement.co.uk and the Institute of Mindfulness and Transpersonal Psychology in Alhama, Spain.