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Sanskruti Dance presents

Apple 'n' Spice

Sunday 5 February

In a nutshell

An original, interactive, multi-cultural family dance show entwining two stories; one from the East and one from the West.

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Introduce your children to Indian Storytelling with Apple n Spice, an original interactive and multi-cultural dance performance. This charming new fairy-tale tells the story of two stepmothers: one from the East and one from the West, the plot thickens as their stories entwine.

Created by professional classical dancer Krishna Zivraj-Nair and featuring her team of virtuoso performers the show combines contemporary and classical Indian dance with original music and shadow puppetry. Join the cast on stage for an Indian party to remember…

What to Expect

The show is an audience-interactive dance show with original recorded music and narrative. It includes classical Indian dance forms: Bharatanatyam and Odissi, and contemporary dance movement by four dancers. The story moves ahead with well placed shadow puppets in the story and children from the audience will be asked to join the cast at specific points during the show to take the story ahead.

As suggested by Akademi, there will be a 5-10 minutes Q&A session at the end.

Who's Involved

Krishna Zivraj-Nair

Krishna is an Indian classical dancer and artistic director of Sanskruti School of Dance. She is the runner-up for the Uttkarsh commission by Akademi and recipient of the Nritya Ratna award at the 7th International dance festival, Cuttack, India, 2016. Supported by Akademi, Cambridge Junction and Arts Council England, Apple n’ Spice is Krishna’s first professional choreography under the banner of Sanskruti Dance.

Daniel Cossette

Designer/builder of the shadow props, advisor in their use and contribute to the choreography of the work. He plays the role of Ram. A graduate of Mimeistry International, Daniel specializes in French mime, and has danced with professional modern and contemporary companies in the United States and England.

Sangeetha Subramanian

Sangeetha is Snow. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She has performed at the prestigious dance festivals in India and in Japan. Also trained in Bollywood dance style. She is an assistant Bharatanatyam teacher at Sanskruti School of Dance training and choreographing work for children.

Tamara Tirjak

Tamara is Snow White’s step-mother Queen. She is trained in the classical Indian dance form Odissi. She has performed in major dance festivals in Hungary, Spain and India. Tamara teaches and choreographs works in Odissi at Sanskruti School of Dance.

Domenico Angarano

Domenico is the composer of the soundtrack. The music created sets the proper mood and pace, and underlines the emotional flow of the piece, combining Indian classical music with western music. Domenico has worked together with Giuliano Modarelli, Al MacSween, and Joost Hendrickx as musicians.

Lia Prentaki

Lia is an independent creative producer whose work includes a vast array of artist and companies. Her experience as a performer and movement director paired with over 10 years of art management and producing has allowed her to work with artist such as : Kate Flatt, 30 bird, Neil Berlett, Shane Shambhu, Francois Tetsory, Rick Nodine, Zoi Dimitiou, Hannes Langolf, Suba Subramaniam and Moxie Brawl. Lia is the creative producer for Apple n’ Spice.

Anusha Subramanyam

Anusha has mentored Krishna with the elements of Bharatanatyam. Anusha is dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance movement therapist – who is seen as one of the most exciting exponents of bharatanatyam working ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of its tradition. Her work is trans-cultural and inter-generational.

Catherine Willmore

Catherine Willmore has extensive experience of giving creative feedback to choreographers making both contemporary and classical Indian dance, including Shane Shambhu and Urja Thakore. She took part as a dramaturge in the 2012 Dramaturgs’ Network / Company of Angels Dance Dramaturgy Intensive, led by Hildegaard de Vuyst who has worked extensively with Alain Platel and is the inhouse Dramaturge of the Royal Flemish Theatre. Catherine is the Artists’ Advisor at Cambridge Junction where she supports nearly 100 local and regional artists from all disciplines.

Trui Malten

Trui Malten is an international theater designer. She designed the lights for more than 120 productions of newly devised plays, classics, opera, musicals and dance. She really enjoys the hands on experience of the experimental productions she has designed, but also the grand scale of the operas she has worked on. Trui has worked extensively abroad: in the USA, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Rumania and lately in Estonia.

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'The opportunity to perform at a prestigious, well-known venue like Rich Mix is encouraging for me as a choreographer. The fact that this will be a free event at Rich Mix, also means that our work is made accessible to a wide audience.'

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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 3+

This event is wheelchair accessible.