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Dandiya Dance Show by Dancenbeats

On Thursday 27th July at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square will be hosting in its atmospheric Western Courtyard an energetic Dandiya Raas dance performance by Dancenbeats, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The show is part of the "Tales of Silk and Music" Indian Dance Festival, conceived and organised by the Devonshire Square's Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. Raas or Dandiya Raas is the traditional folk dance form of Gujarat and Rajasthan, in Western India. During the dance, men and women dance in two circles, with sticks in their hands, vigorously whirling and moving their feet and arms in a complicated, choreographed manner to the tune of the music with various rhythms. The sticks (dandiyas) of the dance represent the swords of the goddess Durga, to which the devotional dance is dedicated. The show is free attendance and registration is not required. To know more about the "Tales of Silk and Music" Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

27/07/2017: 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM | Register your interest

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Manipuri Solo Dance by Debanjali Biswas, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance

On Thursday 3rd August at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square will host in its Western Courtyard a Manipuri dance solo by professional dancer Debanjali Biswas, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The free attendance show is part of the Devonshire Square’s “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, organised by the Devonshire Square’s Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. Manipuri dance is one of the major Indian classical dance styles, named after the region of Manipur, a state in north-eastern India where the dance originated. Manipuri is particularly known for its love-inspired dance drama of Radha-Krishna, called Raslila and its exquisite performances, characterised by graceful, fluid and sinuous movements with greater emphasis on the upper body gestures. To know more about the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following webpage: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

3/08/2017: 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM | Register your interest

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Kathak dance by Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance

On Thursday 10th August at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be the stage for an outstanding Kathak dance show by Sujata Banerjee Dance, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the travelling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Stylistically, this dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements while the legs and torso are generally straight; the story is told through gestures of arms and upper body movement, facial expressions, bends and turns. The free attendance Kathak dance show is part of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, organised by the Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. To know more about the Festival, please visit the following webpage: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

10/08/2017: 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM | Register your interest

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Rajasthani folk dance by Sarjan Nartan Academy

Devonshire Square’s “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival will close on Thursday 17th August at 12.30pm with a Rajasthani Folk dance show by Sarjan Nartan Academy, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The traditional dance for Rajasthan - Indian largest state by area, located on the Western part of the country – will close the retrospective journey through Indian dance styles, organised by the Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. The show is free attendance and registration is not required. To know more about the festival, please visit the following webpage: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

17/08/2017: 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM | Register your interest

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  • Bharatanatyam Dance Show by Sarajan Nartan Academy

    On Thursday 20th July at 12.30pm, Akademi South Asian Dance will present in Devonshire Square's Western Courtyard an enthralling Bharatanatyam dance show by Sarajan Nartan Academy. The free attendance performance is part of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival organised by Devonshire Square to mark the UK-India Year of Culture. Bharatanatyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance that expresses Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas; the dance originated in Tamil Nadu, one of the 29 states of India which lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. Bharatanatyam style is noted for its fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed out combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles. Full details about the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival are available on the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    20/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Odissi Dance Duet presented by Akademi South Asian Dance

    On Thursday 13th July at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be the stage for a mesmerizing Odissi dance performance by professional dancers Maryam Shakiba and Katrina Rute, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. Odissi is a major ancient Indian classical dance that originates in the Hindu temples of Odisha, on eastern coastal state of India. This fascinating dance style involves footwork, torso and upper body movements (hand and head) as three sources of perfecting expression and creating audience engagement with geometric symmetry and rhythmic musical resonance. The Odissi duet show is part of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, an exciting 7 week programme organised by the Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to mark the UK-India Year of Culture. The show is free attendance and registration is not required. To know more about the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    13/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • "Tales of Silk and Music" - Indian Dance Festival

    Devonshire Square is marking the UK-India Year of Culture with a sensorially engaging retrospective journey through Indian dancing styles, from contemporary Bollywood shows to some of the most ancient and symbolically charged Indian classical dances. The 7 week programme will showcase acts by some of the most talented dancers in the South Asian dance panorama presented by Akademi South Asian Dance, while the Bollywood themed opening show will be presented by Bollywood Co. The UK-India Year of Culture represents a perfect opportunity to celebrate Devonshire Square’s rich and charming history which is strongly linked to India. The 4 acre campus - today a premium office and retail destination as well as an artistic hub - used to be a complex of warehouses back in 1820 where the most valuable goods traded by the East India Company used to be stored. The dancers’ strikingly colourful and elaborated costumes will bring to life India’s precious textiles once stored in the Bengal Warehouse, evoked also by the festival’s title “Tales of Silk and Music”, creating a powerful metaphorical link between Devonshire Square past, as a warehouse, and present, as a culturally vibrant destination. All shows will take place on Thursdays at 12.30pm in Devonshire Square’s historical Western Courtyard from 6th July till 17th August. All performances are free attendance and registration is not required.

    6/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • "Rainbows in Motion" by Bollywood Co

    On Thursday 6th July from 12.30pm to 2pm, Devonshire Square will be hosting in its historical Western Courtyard “Rainbows in Motion” a spectacular and uplifting Indian dance performance by Bollywood Co. "Rainbows in Motion" will be the opening show of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, an exciting 7 week programme organised by Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. The talented artists will present a fusion of modern and classical Indian dance, using a mix of East and West beats to represent the cultural link between the two countries. Bollywood Co is an authentic Bollywood dance company based at the world-renowned Pineapple Dance Studio, in central London. The company has produced Bollywood events for several high profile corporates such as Jet Airways, Warner Music, American Express and Net-a-Porter. Their crew of professional Bollywood dancers was featured in the musical Bend it Like Beckham, BBC’s The One Show and the movie Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The show is free attendance and registration is no required. To know more about Devonshire Square’s “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    6/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Art Night's 2017 Associate Programme - "Cache" by Candida Powell-Williams

    Bosse & Baum is pleased to present Candida Powell-Williams’s interactive site-specific installation at Devonshire Square’s historic Central Courtyard, as part of Art Night’s 2017 Associate Programme. Taking place for the first time alongside the second edition of Art Night, the Associate Programme features a roster of nocturnal events by 31 local organisations and site-specific projects by 29 independent artists and curators in locations across the East End, as far spread as the Docklands and London Fields, opening up the city in unique and creative ways for the night of Saturday 1 July 2017. The participants were invited via an Open Call to reflect on the history and future of the area, emphasising the urban environment and contributing to the late-night celebratory spirit of Art Night. The origins of Devonshire Square form the starting point of Candida Powell-William’s sculptural and performative intervention. The complex of warehouses, built by the East India Company in the late 1700s, stored luxury goods mostly from Bengal. Powell-Williams’ work for this project draws imagery from the textiles housed there and mixes them with cultural references as well as the site’s contemporary uses, folding into and combing the past with the present. The work, a series of sculptural jigsaw-like rug pieces, explores the disintegration and fragmentation of patterns as a means to reflect on our present day relationship to the site’s history. Powell-Williams’s installation will be animated by an interactive performance taking places throughout the evening. Art Night 2017 is held in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and curated by independent curator and writer Fatoş Üstek. The festival is generously supported by international auction house Phillips. Candida Powell-Williams’ project for the Art Night 2017 Associate Programme is kindly supported by Devonshire Square.

    1/07/2017: 6:00 PM

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