'... as a viewer, I needed to feel what the dancers were going through and it worked well...' (Malcolm Keen, Pulse magazine)
“When I let go of myself, I become what I might be” - Lao Tzo
Inspired by this quote, Urja looks into physical, mental and spiritual cleansing. This ensemble work however goes deeper and beyond the more typical challenges and cycles of addiction and purification.
Originally commissioned by Akademi for CHOEROGATA 2013, an initiative to support the creation of new contemporary South Asian dance choreography.
Choreography: Urja Desai Thakore
Dance: Parbati Chaudhury (R&D) | Effie Mcguire-Ward (R&D) | Anna-Lise Marie Hearne (R&D) | Archana Ballal (R&D) | Anna Simpson | Ellen Yilma | Julie Ann Minaai | Jodie Honeybourne | Saaya Takaoka | Lauren Wilson | Katie Cambridge
Rehearsal director: Katie Cambridge
Music: Hiren Chate (R&D) | Jatanil Banerjee with thanks to Rahul Bhatt
Lighting design: Anthony Doran | Chloe Kenward
Costume design: Ali Zee | Christine Wolverson
Supporters: Pavilion Dance South West | Akademi | South East Dance | Watermans Arts Centre | Kala Sangam | Kadam | Gem Arts
Performances: CHOREOGATA 2013: Purcell Room, London (R&D) | Rich Mix, London | Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes | The Drum, Birmingham | Artsdepot, London | mac, Birmingham | Pegasus Theatre, Oxford | MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
Image Credit: Simon Richardson