Festival Alchemy

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4 May – 7 May 2018

Celebrate the exchange of ideas and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK with a packed bank holiday weekend of dance, comedy, music and literature.

Alchemy is a place for artists and audiences to come together. This year the festival turns nine and with a focus on homegrown talent, brings together emerging and legendary performers from across the UK.

Party to electronic bhangra beats with Birmingham club night Shaanti, discover new contemporary dance from the country’s leading producer of South Asian dance, Akademi, and fill up at KERB’s street-food market.

Echoes and I Imagine by Aakash Odedra

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Part of AlchemyContemporary dancer Aakash Odedra presents two contrasting solos, adding modern twists to traditional Indian dance.

Echoes considers the reverberations of the past through the combination of percussive sound and whirlwind dance. Bells, ropes, and tendrils of golden light trace the stage invoking ancestors and traditions. Choreographed by Kathak icon Aditi Mangaldas, renowned for breaking new ground, this is Indian dance with a contemporary twist.

In I Imagine, Aakash combines beautiful choreography with powerful spoken word as he collaborates with award-winning poet and fellow Sky Arts Academy Scholar Sabrina Mahfouz. Aakash and Sabrina playfully explore the confines of skin, migration and belonging.

Aakash Odedra is one of the most sought after dancers in the UK. With a growing international reputation for making and commissioning beautifully crafted dance works. He trained in Kathak, Bharat Natyam and indo-jazz, the latter with famous Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar.

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