Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hyderabad: The British Council is delighted to present the world-renowned UK-based dance group the Hofesh Shechter Company in India. The company will present its popular performance Political Mother as the opening act of the British Council’s new season of contemporary dance, Impulse 2.

The newly-formed Telangana state will host the company’s first show in in Hyderabad on Friday 5 September 2014 at Shilpakala Vedika at 7.00 p.m. in association with Telangana Tourism. Other partners for the event are Prakriti Foundation, STEPS Dance Studio and IKAR.

Impulse Season 2

Impulse Season 2 is a three-month-long celebration of UK dance and is part of the British Council’s Re-Imagine Arts initiative. It features three leading dance companies from the UK during September, October and November 2014. Scottish Dance Theatre returns to India after Impulse Season 1, while Hofesh Shechter Dance Company and Avant Garde Dance make their debut in India.

In addition to the fifteen performances scheduled across the major theatres in six cities, the company dancers and musicians are looking forward to participating in a range of outreach activities — workshops, lecdems, masterclasses and collaborative sessions — with practitioners and students across the country.

Re-Imagine Arts is a five-year initiative that was launched in 2013 to develop stronger cultural ties between India and the UK with the objective of showcasing, providing Arts education, enhancing skills development, fostering research and insight and bringing about creative collaborations in various art forms. The initiative covers all the art forms including music, dance, theatre, film, literature, design and the visual arts.

Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India said: “With this new season of Impulse our aim is to help showcase exciting new work in the arts, facilitate collaborations, promote arts education, encourage cultural skills development and convene valuable forums for artists, directors, producers, festival organisers and arts managers from India and the UK to engage in mutually beneficial projects. It gives us great pride to partner with Telangana Tourism and all our other partners. We are glad that the first show is taking place here in Hyderabad.” 

Hofesh Schecher Company

The Hofesh Shechter Company tour will be from 5-20 September 2014 and the performances will be held in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. 

Political Mother is a 70-minute dance act that presents Shechter’s emotional and gritty complexity with pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences and cinematic editing and particularly appeals to the youth. It is performed by 10 dancers and is accompanied by Shechter’s cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists. The show is for all lovers of dance, theatre and music. Audiences experience hard metal-like music and fast-paced folk dance in this political commentary. 

“We have taken Political Mother to cities across Europe, US and many cities in the UK to audiences who have seen a lot of contemporary dance acts, ballet and operas. In that sense those audiences and their reactions to our act are different. I am eager to witness the reactions of Indian audiences given that this country is home to classical forms of drama, music and dance and of course Bollywood.  We have always had India on our minds for these reasons and are excited to perform here in front of Indian audiences,” said Hofesh Shechter.  

Hofesh Shechter performance dates:

  • Friday 5 September, 7.00 p.m.: Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad
  • Tuesday 9 September, 7.00 p.m.: Kamani Auditorium, Delhi
  • Sunday 14 September, 7.00 p.m.: Kala Mandir, Kolkata
  • Wednesday 17 September, 7.00 p.m.: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru
  • Saturday 20 September, 7.00 p.m.: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Chennai

The event partners for the Hofesh Shechter Company tour are Telangana Tourism, The Hindu, Prakriti Foundation, Howard Johnson Bengaluru Hebbal, The Gateway Kolkata.

The workshop partners are Anjika, Army Public School Bengaluru, Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts, Christ University,  Adyar – Exodus group, Glendale Academy, High Kicks, Hyderabad Public School, ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kalakshetra Foundation, Kennedy High, KM Music Conservatory, Kolkata Sanved, Meridian School, Steps Dance Studio, Calcutta Emmanuel School, The Danceworx, University of Hyderabad, Delhi School of Music, Ahlcon International School. 

Notes to Editor

About Hofesh Shechter Company

Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, with his eponymous Company touring worldwide to audience and critical acclaim. A former drummer in a rock band, Shechter is renowned for creating the musical scores for each of his dance creations with his raw, atmospheric music complimenting his Company’s unique physicality.

About Scottish Dance Theatre

Scottish Dance Theatre is Scotland’s national contemporary dance company. Under the direction of choreographer Fleur Darkin, the company produces dance that is driven by artistic inquiry and a contemporary response to engaging audiences. Scottish Dance Theatre commissions accomplished choreographers from all over the world to put the dancing body at the centre of artistic innovation. The company collaborates with musicians, designers, theatre-makers and visual artists to produce dance of the highest quality. 

In October, the British Council presents Forces of Nature By Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company. The tour will be from 1-11 October 2014 and the performances will be held in Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Kolkata.

About Avant Garde

Their dynamic performances have musicality at their core and explore a myriad of styles, themes and media. Their mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout their portfolio of work, and led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun they are committed to producing artistic work that is entertaining and challenging.

In November, Impulse 2 concludes with The Black Album by Avant Garde Dance,  a London based company pushing the boundaries of hip-hop and contemporary dance. The tour will be from 1-21 November 2014 and the performances will be held in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

About the British Council

About Impulse

The British Council is delighted to present Impulse 2, the new season of the best of contemporary dance from the UK. Built around 15 performances by leading UK dance companies —   Hofesh Shechter Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Avant Garde Dance — Impulse 2 will be held over September, October and November 2014 across the country. It also has a range of activities planned with dance organisations in India and young people across the country, including workshops, master classes and networking events.

In 2012, Impulse included successful showings and a gamut of educational outreach projects with Akram Khan Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra Company, Protein and Champloo in seven cities over eight months. 

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