This black and white portrait image features two female dancers during a scene of the dance performance ‘Oblique’. The choreographer, Ranjabati Sircar, aimed to explore perceptions of race and gender through contemporary Indian dance performance. The music was specially composed by Birmingham Jazz. ‘Oblique’ was commissioned by Sampad and held on 29 October 1997 at ‘mac’ Birmingham.
|Date of Creation / Publication||1997|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Ray, Piali|
|Collection and Reference Number||Sampad Collection (GB 2661 SA)|
|Copyright||The Creator and/ or the associated|
|Access to originals||The originals belong to Sampad|
|Series notes||Renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer Piali Ray established Sampad with the aim to provide a structured approach to South Asian dance and other art forms in the Midlands region. Alongside with well established dancers in the region, for example Kathak and Bharatanatyam dancers Nahid Siddiqui and Chitraleka Bolar, as well as Bhangra dancer Gurucharan Mal, the team founded a training group for a new generation of South Asian British dancers. The organisation works with renowned dance artists and produces high profile and community events. Sampad also addresses dance training and development needs of professional and emerging artists and provides a dance advocacy service, developing programmes and partnerships with promoters and venues. Sampad is a partner of SADA - the South Asian Dance Alliance, along with Akademi: South Asian Dance in London and Kadam in Bedford. |
|Collection notes||Sampad was founded in 1990, under the directorship of Piali Ray OBE. The arts organisation was established to strengthen the infrastructure of South Asian arts in the West Midlands and Birmingham region. Due to Director Piali Ray's background as a dancer, this south Asian arts development agency has retained its strengths in dance, however its current remit is much wider, covering cross art forms of music, theatre, crafts and literature within education and community environments.|