AbidA – A Feast for the Senses
‘AbidA’ is an exuberant festival of the senses where art forms and genres coalesce. Based on a traditional north African ritual, the performance consists of seven scenes which present evocations of each of seven colours through dance, sound, text, imagery and fragrance.
Seven paintings are projected in turn symbolising the qualities of white, black, blue, red, green, indigo and saffron with associated moods and emotions. Each scene has its own particular ensemble of musicians and dancers.
Adopting this sythesthetic approach, ‘AbidA’ presents relationships and connections between senses, ideas and cultures as well as artforms. The themes are explored in sound and movement, in interactive visuals and by the release of selected scents. The symmetry of the title reflects an implicit integration of faiths, genders, and world views: the name is considered feminine in Arabic yet masculine in Hebrew. A demonstration of how difference can at once be celebrated, reconciled and transcended.
Alexandra began her professional dance training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2012 with a BPA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance.
Since graduating she has had the opportunity to perform professionally across the UK, working with artists such as Rhiannon Faith, Alesandra Seutin, Victoria Hunter and Rosemary Spencer. Alexandra is currently a company member of Rees Dance and has worked with the company since 2015. She is also a collaborating artist on Mimesis Arts Collective’s current project.
Alexandra teaches across a range of educational settings and specialises in Contemporary Dance Technique and Performance. She has taught throughout Yorkshire for many years, working with organisations such as Dance for Life, Yorkshire Dance, East Riding Youth Dance and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Shrikant has been performing, teaching and conducting Bharatanatyam dance workshops for over a decade in the UK.
A passionate dancer, he has worked his way through the evolutionary processes from performance to instruction to composition. Shrikant has been awarded an MA research degree in South Asian Dance studies from the University of Roehampton in London, UK.
For choreographer/storyteller Shrikant Subramaniam, ‘dance is about people, and not performers’. Shrikant develops movement choices that encourage the audience to see Bharatanatyam as an evocative language. He constructs movement to reveal human intent. He has developed partnerships with museums and Art galleries in West Yorkshire in the UK to create more response-based performances rather than set repertoire pieces. He has been commissioned as a soloist to create performance work at Leeds City Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, Bagshaw Museum, Royal Armouries Museum and New School House Art Gallery in York.
As a soloist, he performs extensively in the UK at various festivals and on special commissioned events throughout the year.
He delivers exciting creative movement workshops fusing elements of Yoga for young people and families and continues to run such workshops in primary and secondary schools in the region and further afield. He has developed creative dance movement workshops in secondary schools of Sydney, Australia and continues to teach intensively in Australia and India.
Shrikant has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council of England to develop research in West Yorkshire Folktales which would culminate into an intercultural performance in March 2019. He continues to impart training in Bharatanatyam and spoken word /theatrical paradigms to all his students at SS Dance Academy established in Knaresborough, UK where he continues to live and enrich his creative practice in dance and theatre.
David began composing music many years ago, performing solo and with South African singer Joyce Moholoagae. To date he has recorded three CDs of original songs and music and has had a collection of poetry published.
He sang tenor in Manchester Cathedral Choir and has been secretary and member of Songo Drumming Project, an African music and drumming association based in Leeds.
As Associate Artist at the Bradford Playhouse from 2015 – 2017 he produced and mixed sound for live theatre and presented collaborative and solo performances.
Having been awarded an MA in Sound Design he then began a PhD in Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University.
David has performed electroacoustic surround-sound compositions at the Echochroma XVI Concert, Leeds Beckett University and at the Electric Saturday event of Leeds College of Music’s ‘Sounds Like This’ festival and presented at the Salford University 2018 SPARC (Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Programme) conference ‘The Power of Music’ a performance collaboration which included poetry, video, dance and electronic music.
He was selected as poet in the Composer and Poets Forum of Leeds Lieder Festival and went on to perform an extended electro-acoustic version of the piece for the Art Song Platform at Goldsmiths, University of London.
In 2017 David formed ‘Mimesis’ arts collaborative partnership with Shrikant Subramaniam to develop performances and workshops encompassing dance, sound and music, poetry, interactive video manipulation and percussion based on folk tales and myths from diverse cultures. To date many performances have been accomplished and workshops presented at schools, galleries and museums with Arts Council support. During lockdown Mimesis have presented several online streaming shows and have become adept at the production of internet performance employing a range of new technologies.
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