"Tales of Silk and Music" - Indian Dance Festival
6/07/2017 - 17/08/2017 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Devonshire Square is marking the UK-India Year of Culture with a sensorially engaging retrospective journey through Indian dancing styles, from contemporary Bollywood shows to some of the most ancient and symbolically charged Indian classical dances.
The 7 week programme will showcase acts by some of the most talented dancers in the South Asian dance panorama presented by Akademi South Asian Dance, while the Bollywood themed opening show will be presented by Bollywood Co.
The UK-India Year of Culture represents a perfect opportunity to celebrate Devonshire Square’s rich and charming history which is strongly linked to India. The 4 acre campus - today a premium office and retail destination as well as an artistic hub - used to be a complex of warehouses back in 1820 where the most valuable goods traded by the East India Company used to be stored.
The dancers’ strikingly colourful and elaborated costumes will bring to life India’s precious textiles once stored in the Bengal Warehouse, evoked also by the festival’s title “Tales of Silk and Music”, creating a powerful metaphorical link between Devonshire Square past, as a warehouse, and present, as a culturally vibrant destination.
All shows will take place on Thursdays at 12.30pm in Devonshire Square’s historical Western Courtyard from 6th July till 17th August.
All performances are free attendance and registration is not required.
Akademi is UK’s leading South Asian Dance Charity. Since its inception in 1979, its mission has been to inspire audiences and change lives by creating and nurturing excellence in classical, contemporary, popular and participatory South Asian dance. Akademi’s artists have performed in a number of prestigious venues worldwide and were recently invited to perform at the Buckingham Palace during a reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen to mark the start of UK-India Year of Culture.
About Bollywood Co:
Bollywood Co is an authentic Bollywood dance company based at the world-renowned Pineapple Dance Studio, in central London. The company has produced Bollywood events for several high profile corporates such as Jet Airways, Warner Music, American Express and Net-a-Porter. Their crew of professional Bollywood dancers was featured in the musical Bend it Like Beckham, BBC’s The One Show and the movie Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
If you are an artist and would like to take part in any of the upcoming Devonshire Square’s festival of arts, please contact:
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14 December: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
On Thursday 14th December, at 5.30pm, the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be resounding with the beautiful and uplifting music of talented Jazz pianist and composer Alberto Ferro. The artist will engage the audience with the soulful, original music from his newly released album “In Fondo al Suono” [The Deep End of Sound, Master Chord Records, 2017], which Ferro describes as “the result of an intense creative work between composing and improvising”. Ferro says: “My artistic and aesthetic ideal is to merge writing and invention in a constant flow of ideas through Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and free music.” The performance will also include some Jazz and open improvisation, as well as a selection of virtuoso classical pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Gershwin. The open air concert is part of the Devonshire Square’s “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, a 4-week programme of FREE attendance world-class artistic performances, organised and curated by the Devonshire Square Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, London's busiest homeless charity, in aid of which the Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising from 1st to 21st December. Alberto Ferro graduated in piano at the prestigious Conservatorio of Milan and holds a Master of Arts in Music, granted by the Washington State University Music School. The award-winning artist specialises in improvisation and has performed worldwide as a Solo Piano, in Chamber Music Ensembles and Jazz bands in US, UK and Europe. He is currently teaching at London Contemporary School of Piano and the Windsor Piano School, and regularly performs improvisation for Contemporary Ballet Companies and classes. To know more about “The Deep End of Sound” open air concert or if you wish to have more information on the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on 02076450800.
15 December: 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
On Friday 15th December at 5pm, as a part of the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, Devonshire Square will be hosting “Violins and Butterflies”, a magical ballet show performed by professional ballerinas from the prestigious Sophie Adams Ballet Company who will be dancing in stunning LED tutus and enchanting butterfly costumes with illuminated wings. The dancers will be accompanied by a talented duet of musicians playing illuminated violins, offering the audience a mesmerizing take on the famous Swan Lake story. The FREE attendance show will take place in the picturesque surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard which will be decorated, for the whole duration of the festival, with beautiful Christmas trees and a sparkling artistic installation of golden “twilight trees” - sculptured cherry trees covered in floodlit blossoms - created by British artist Susie Reid Thomas. The Devonshire Square’s “Art for love” Christmas Festival is a 4-week programme of FREE attendance world-class artistic performances, organized and curated by the Devonshire Square Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk , London’s busiest homeless charity, in aid of which the Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising from 1st to 21st December.
16 December: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Following the successful participation of Zalon and his band in the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival 2016, the international Soul artist and Urban Music Award nominee will be also taking part in this year’s edition of the festival with a free attendance concert that promises to be an amazing live Soul show. Zalon will perform with his band in the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard on Saturday 16th December, from 7pm to 11 pm, playing hits from his newly released album “Liquid Sonix Sex” and popular Soul classics. The Devonshire Square’s "Art for Love" Christmas Festival is a 4-week programme of world class artistic performances, conceived and organised by the Devonshire Square Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, London's busiest homeless charity, in aid of which the Devonshire Square's community will be fundraising during the whole duration of the festival, from 1st to 21st December. Zalon was Amy Winehouse's leading singer and toured with her for three years to promote her "Back to Black" Album, which received five Grammy Awards. The talented singer has independently sold out tours in Europe, South America and iconic venues in UK. If you wish to know more about Zalon’s concert and the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on 02076450800. *LIMITED FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE* To book your FREE ticket, please click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zalon-live-at-devonshire-square-london-limited-free-tickets-tickets-38810768052