Svapnagata Festival, London
Long-time collaborators Akram Khan and Nitin Sawhney curate this two-week festival of Indian dance and music. Meaning "dreaming" in Sanskrit, Svapnagata brings together classic and contemporary work, and commissions material from a variety of artists. The first dance highlight of the week is Khan's Kathak solo, Gnosis. Created with fellow choreographers Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Pratap Pawar, this piece is inspired by the exemplary story of Queen Ghandari, who blindfolds herself in order to share her husband's blindness, and Khan's dancing is further animated by puppetry from the excellent Blind Summit Theatre, and a five-strong band of musicians. More Kathak dance is programmed later in the work with solos choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia for acclaimed British Indian dancer Aakash Odedra and Japanese virtuoso Yuko Inoue.
Sadler's Wells & Lilian Baylis Theatre, EC1, Mon to 28 Nov
Harmony Of The Spheres, London
Students of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire have created a dance and music spectacle to coincide with the annual appearance of the Leonid meteor shower. Taking place at the Royal Observatory, the piece is inspired by space imagery and mythology, especially the stars of the constellation Pleiades. During this "after hours" promenade performance through the magnificent domes, telescopes and historic rooms of the observatory, audiences will be given a "chart" to guide their own exploration, discovering live music and dance installations as they go. The performance, directed by Stephen Montague, includes new compositions along with works by John Cage, Luciano Berio and others. At the same time audiences may get lucky and catch sight of the meteor shower, in the skies high up above London.
Royal Observatory Greenwich, SE10, Thu & Fri
2FaCeD: Still Breathing, On tour
2FaCed's choreographer and director Tamsin Fitzgerald has forged her own distinctive language out of street moves and modern dance, but her latest work extends into more theatrical terrain, looking at how we inhabit today's over-pressured and over-populated world. High-energy choreography, fusing breakdance, robotics, hip-hop and athletics, displays the bravura physicality of Fitzgerald's expanded all-male company, which includes UK breakdance champion Robby Graham and Mathew Chambers (formerly of the Rambert Dance Company). Accompanied by an original score, from composer and DJ Anthony Murphy, the eight men dance inside a vaultingly claustrophobic stage set, alternately crushed by its massiveness or crashing against its confines
The Egg, Bath, Mon; Hextable Dance, Swanley, Thu; Stratford Circus, E15, Fri
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