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Kamala Devam Company presents
Ankusha and Other Mysteries
Saturday 3 September
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In a nutshell
An eclectic programme of explosive contemporary Indian dance, award-winning dance film and live music.
With two distinctive new solos, an explosive trio and a multi award-winning dance film, Kamala Devam Company seeks answers to unanswerable questions: does fate or free will have a greater hand in shaping the course of our lives? How do we define ourselves without limiting our potential? And in a battle against ourselves, who will come out as victor?
Choreographer Kamala Devam has a lifetime of experience in Bharata Natyam (classical South Indian dance) and uses its themes and aesthetics as a springboard for her contemporary dance works. Her newly formed company Kamala Devam Company finds the meeting points between her unique contemporary Indian dance language and the explosive movement of urban dance and acrobatic movement. This evening celebrates Kamala’s new works Ankusha and Babushka vs. Renaissance Man, alongside her collaboration with Seeta Patel and Maria Åkesson on the acclaimed dance film The Art of Defining Me, live music by composer Genevieve Crutchfield’s trio, Harmony & The Bear, and more!
What to expect
Ankusha, KDC’s debut piece, is a daring trio bringing together Bharata Natyam and acrobatic contemporary dance.
Created by Devam on female popper Kamila Lewandowska, Babushka vs. Renaissance Man investigates the meeting points between popping and kalaripayattu, a South Indian martial art.
The Art of Defining Me dance film, co-directed by Devam and producer Seeta Patel in collaboration with DOP Maria Åkesson, takes a humorous look at how artists are influenced by the definitions placed upon them.
KDC composer Genevieve Crutchfield delights with live music from her soulful acoustic covers trio, Harmony & The Bear.
Kamala Devam Company
Kamala Devam Company creates athletic and richly-layered dance work, seeking to affirm life for its audiences by taking risks onstage and through the concepts of its work. Integrating the themes and aesthetics of Bharata Natyam, western contemporary dance and acrobatics, KDC shapes a space where cultures and dance legacies collide by exploring the motivations that compel humanity to move forward.
Kamala Devam trained for twelve years in Bharata Natyam with the Kunhirmans in California and received her BA degree in western contemporary forms from San Francisco State University. She has performed for Akram Khan Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and other companies in the UK, touring internationally. Kamala founded Kamala Devam Company in January 2016.
Tamzen Moulding was an international-level competitive gymnast and currently teaches on the degree programme at the National Centre for Circus Arts. She received a BA Hons degree from London Contemporary Dance School. Her many dancing and circus credits include Batman Live, the Royal Opera House and her own performance company, Inverted.
Franco Conquesta trained as a versatile dance artist at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. He has danced for Altered Skin (Shane Shambhu), Yorke Dance Project (Yolande Yorke-Edgell), James Wilton Dance and Leila McMillan Dance Company. He is the director of internationally-known dance fitness franchise, Bounce DanceFit.
Kamila Lewandowska graduated with a degree from University of East London while training with pioneers in the funk styles of popping and locking. As a part of Funk Stylers collaboration, Kamila performed at urban festivals K-Pop Korean World Festival and Compagnie Karavel Festival amongst others. Kamila performed for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony with Temujin Gill and Sunanda Biswas.
Genevieve Cruthfield is a versatile composer and multi-instrumentalist with a degree in music technology. Her commissions include theatre and corporate film, the dance film The Art of Defining Me and compositions for KDC. She has worked as MD for a youth musical theatre company and managed a session band alongside other teaching projects.
Ben Henry Edwards
Ben Henry Edwards studied harmonica at Brunel University under the guidance of Brendan Power. He toured internationally with Charlie Winston (2003 – 2012) and performs in the UK with blues, folk and pop projects. His composing credits include tracks for Peaky Blinders and collaborations with song writer and session musician Sam Lewis.
Harmony and the Bear
Harmony and the Bear are an acoustic covers trio available for hire across London and the south east. Their stripped back sound guarantees both a relaxed vibe and soulful experience. They offer music for events that is full of warm harmonies and familiar sounds with a gentle twist and hint of jazz.
The evening is supported by Arts Council England, Rich Mix, South East Dance, Akademi and the University of East London.
What are people saying
'Ankusha is a mature and assured work, and demonstrates that weighty themes can be addressed with a playful spirit.' Pulse Magazine
'[Ankusha] had an intensity and attack which was often captivating and arresting… [The] cast - and their inventively used acrobatic skills - are terrific.' Eckhard Thiemann, The Lowry Theatre
'Effortlessly beautiful and complex: political, personal, artistic, classically informed modernity performed and uncompromisingly aware. Bravo.' Lemn Sissay MBE, award-winning poet and writer, onf The Art of Defining Me
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix has been and continues to be a champion of the risk-takers, the make-you-think-and-feel-alive art-makers and the dare-to-entertain-you-outside-the-box-ers who live in London and come to share from abroad. Anyone who performs or exhibits in its many beautiful spaces is always supported by its staff and appreciated by its audiences.'
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Suitable for all ages
Photo credit: Vipul Sangoi
This event is wheelchair accessible.