British Council launches Impulse 2, a new season of contemporary dance with Political Mother by Hofesh Shechter Company
Delhi, Monday 8 September 2014: The British Council is delighted to present the world-renowned UK-based dance group the Hofesh Shechter Company in India. The company presents its popular performance Political Mother as the opening act of the British Council’s new season of contemporary dance, Impulse 2.
The Hofesh Shechter Company tour performances will be held in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. In Delhi the performance is on Tuesday 9 September at 7.00 p.m. at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg.
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 an 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.”
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 UK to audiences who have seen 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.
For information on invitations, workshops and venues, please visit www.britishcouncil.in/impulse2
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Notes to the editor
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.
For more information visit:http://www.britishcouncil.in/impulse2
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, science, sport and governance and last year we reached over 128 million people.
The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.
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.