Once Upon A Time – Information Brief

Series nameDance

The first of these two A4 pages provide an historical background to the performance ‘Once Upon A Time’, choreographed by renowned khatak dancer, Nahid Siddiqui, and performed by young members of her company. The second page details brief biographical notes of the production crew. ‘Once Upon A Time’ was produced in collaboration with Sampad and held on Wednesday 5 April 2000, at ‘mac’ Birmingham.

Date of Creation / Publication2000
CreatorSiddiqui, Nahid
Associated Person/ OrganisationRay, Piali; Nahid Siddiqui & Company
Collection and Reference NumberSampad Collection (GB 2661 SA)
Catalogue NumberSA/DA/10
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Sampad
Series notesRenowned 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 notesSampad 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.