Black Theatre Live



5 May 2016

Navadisha 2016 is trailblazing conference that seeks to stimulate, steer and secure the future of South Asian Dance as part of UK’s ever growing dance landscape!

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 May 2016 | mac Birmingham

Produced by New Dimensions Arts Management in partnership with Sampad Arts, the three day conference will pose questions that are crucial for South Asian dance today, as it celebrates breakthrough achievements and exciting developments in and around the sector during the fifteen years since Navadisha 2000. On the 40th anniversary of Naseem Khan’s ground-breaking report ‘The Arts Britain Ignores’, Navadisha 2016 will fire up debate about the state and status of South Asian dance in Britain’s cultural cosmos, and the changing nature of its dance audiences; it will also uncover new talent, new models of excellence and new ways of working with dance in all its many avatars.

The event is aimed at young & established dance-practitioners | dance teachers | dance students | academics | dance agencies | programmers | venues | promoters | investors | policy-makers & all those with interest in South Asian dance.

Besides panel discussions & debate, there will be showcases, performances, film & exhibition, provision of a market place for ‘pitching’ opportunities to potential promoters & investors & networking opportunities at the venue. The programme will artistically provoke dialogue on pertinent & contemporary issues impacting South Asian dance creation & distribution, demonstrate models of excellence & how our dance artists have to continue to be multifaceted & innovative.

Navadisha 2016 will feature: keynote speeches by Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and Mavin Khoo

The conference will share impressive visions and aspirations of dancers currently inscribing their imprint on dance and advocacy for South Asian dance; Showcase of new work by UK’s South Asian performer and choreographers, Opportunities in Outdoor Arts from genre innovators and successful Outdoor Arts leaders, curated by Akademi; Training dancers for a new future led by the ISTD and Centre for Advanced Dance Training, joined by regional dance providers; ISTD mock examination demo for teachers, sharing by ISTD students, Nurturing the Young Professionals, Artistic training, development, & mentoring, career progressing schemes by leading organisations, Business of Dance by successful entrepreneur and creative producer Farooq Chaudhury, Audience Development from venue and promoter’s perspective, International collaborations; Inspiring sessions on Dance & Health and much more!

Navadisha 2016 will proudly felicitate Naseem Khan and her historic contribution to the diverse arts & cultural agenda and policy in the country, and honour senior dance gurus Pratap Pawar, Nahid Siddiqui, and Pushkala Gopal, who have, in turn, inspired and imprinted upon generations of students, dancers, teachers, and the very story of South Asian dance in the UK.

As part of Navadisha’s partnership with International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB 2016), the Festival has specially programmed a weekend of South Asian dance by international artists.

Find out more and register here.