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Salaam Charlotte Gregory, Sonia Sabri Company
Fri 21 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Sonia Sabri Company is one of Britain’s leading South Asian dance and music companies. Exciting the national and international dance scene by presenting Kathak dance in new spaces and contexts, and to new audiences, developing a distinctive, contemporary style for here and now.
Salaam is Sonia Sabri Company’s latest stunning creation. Originally created in response to the unrest around the world, it aims to refocus and reminisce on all that is good. Th is double-bill programme cleverly weaves a dialogue between live music and Kathak dance, celebrating the simple bliss of being alive. Salaam combines a rare treat of Tabla music by the world-renowned maestro Sarvar Sabri, performing outstanding compositions of rhythm, accompanied by the talented Shoma Dey on the harmonium with powerful vocals, fuelling and vibrating a resonance in the performance. Internationally acclaimed for her electric stage presence, Sonia revisits the roots of Kathak in a remarkable performance, embracing a rich, joyful spirit, with a heartpounding rhythmic crescendo. Sonia presents sheer magic through expressive and rhythmic dance with live music. Th e audience is taken on a journey with Sonia’s poignant metaphorical narratives and though her command of intricate footwork, eloquent gesture and rapid spins. Salaam to us all!
“Thank you so much for performing at the festival - it was such a pleasure to have you there and the feedback has been fantastic. Your dancing was beautiful and the interaction with the audience added a whole other level that we haven’t had at the festival before!”
- Emily Jameson, Projects Producer, Latitude Festival, UK
“The music and dance was superb, but in addition, Sonia’s rapport with the audience and ability to explain the performance and teach the audience about Kathak was exceptional.”
- Promoter, Th e Assembly Rooms, UK.
In association with Sonia Sabri Company