Under its new name, Akademi staged ‘Spirit Unleashed’ in collaboration with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Arts in November 2001. The performance was part of a study on the effects of the visual and performing arts in healthcare under the aegis of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Arts. The aim of the project was to produce an analysis and critical evaluation of the effects of the arts on patients, staff and visitors at the hospital. ‘Spirit Unleashed’ was a site specific multimedia performance of light, sound and movement which involved eight artists and 40 dance performers. It was held on the second floor of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. The Akademi production explored the ancient story behind the Hindu festival of lights, ‘Diwali’, which is a tale of hope and courage, inspired by the great Hindu epic, the ‘Ramayana’.
|Date of Creation / Publication||2001|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Rajkumar, Tara|
|Collection and Reference Number||Akademi Collection (GB 2661 AK)|
|Copyright||The Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable|
|Access to originals||The originals belong to Akademi.|
|Series notes||Akademi: South Asian Dance, previously known as The Academy of Indian Dance, adopted its new name in the early 1990s, a turning point for the development of the organisation and the refocusing of its aims.|
|Collection notes||The digitised material from the Akademi: South Asian Dance Collection consists of documents and images from the establishment of the company, when it was called the Academy of Indian Dance up to the present time. Also included are flyers, photographs and education material pertaining to various productions, workhshops and seminars.|