Upcoming performances in Spring 2012

Join us for the Spring 2012 leg of the tour of Kathakbox, which has been wowing audiences and critics across the UK and internationally:

“Kathakbox is a pleasure from start to finish. It creates a positive and energetic atmosphere where we are all one and dance is a joyous means of expression and fun.” Laura Dodge, Dance Europe

“A clever interweaving of two distinct art forms, bringing out the subtle nuances of their mutuality… making us all feel a part of the unifying Kathakbox.” Graham Watts, Dancing Times

Hope to see you soon at a venue near you:

Thursday 1st March at 8pm
Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE
Box Office: 01865 812 150
http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/kathakbox/

Monday 5th March at 7.30pm
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA
Presented in association with Asian Arts Agency
Box Office: 01344 484 123

Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm
Solihull Arts Complex, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG
Presented in association with Sampad
Box Office: 0121 704 6962
http://www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk/Arts/Kathakbox/3542

Saturday 9th June at 7pm
Special double-bill featuring Kathakbox and classical Kathak production Ekalya
Kala Sangam, St Peters House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford, BD1 4TY
Box Office: 01274 303340
http://www.kalasangam.org/

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Autumn 2011 Tour Dates

Come to see Kathakbox at a venue near you!

Friday 16th September
The Public (in partnership with Black Country Touring)
New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG
Box Office: 0121 533 7161
http://www.thepublic.com/events/kathakbox

Tuesday 20th September
Harrow Arts Centre
171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex, HA5 4EA
Box Office: 020 8416 8989
http://www.harrowarts.com/go/dance/details/739-sonia-sabri-company-kathakbox

Wednesday 21st September
Arena Theatre
Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
Box Office: 01902 321321
www.arena.wlv.ac.uk

Friday 23rd September
Macrobert
University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA
Box Office: 01786 466666
www.macrobert.org

Moday 24th October
Tobacco Factory Theatre (in partnership with Asian Arts Agency)
Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF
Box Office: 0117 9020344
www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com

Wednesday 26th October
University of Surrey
Guildford, GU2 7XH
Box Office: 01483 686876
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/dance/

Friday 28th October
Barbican Theatre (in partnership with Asian Arts Agency)
Castle Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ
Box Office: 01752 267131
http://www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats_on.php

Saturday 12th November
Contact Theatre
Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Box Office: 0161 274 0600
http://www.contactmcr.com/

Saturday 26th November
Dance City (in partnership with Gem Arts)
Temple Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4BR
Telephone: 0191 261 0505
www.dancecity.co.uk

Wednesday 30th November
Salisbury Arts Centre (in partnership with Asian Arts Agency
Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT
Box office: 01722 321744
http://www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk/home.aspx

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Kathakbox nominated for a London Dance Award – support us!

Sonia Sabri Company has been nominated for the London Dance Award for it’s hugely successful touring show Kathakbox. In order for us to win, we need as many ‘likes’ or ‘tweets’ as we can get. Please support us by visting the link below, scrolling down to Kathakbox and ‘liking’ the review.

http://www.londonfestivalfringe.com/general/awards2011/dance/

Many thanks from the Kathakboxers!

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Summer 2011 tour dates

Tuesday 21st June, 7.30pm
Corsham Festival, The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9HX
Tickets: £10.00 (£9.00)
Box office: 01249 701628 or box.office@poundarts.org.uk
www.poundarts.org.uk

Thursday 22nd June, 7.30pm
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, YO11 1JW
Tickets: £12.50 / £15 / £7.50 student
Box Office: 01723 370541
www.sjt.uk.com

Thursday 30th June, 7.30pm
The Courtyard Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
Tickets: £12 (£10)
Box Office Tel No: 01432 340555
www.courtyard.org.uk

Monday 4th July
New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0JG
Tickets: £13.50 (concessions & under 16s free)
Box Office: 01782 717962 or tickets@newvictheatre.org.uk
www.newvictheatre.org.uk

Saturday 9th July 7.30pm
Plus Colouring In The World performed by South Lakeland Young Carers and Young Cumbria
Presented in association with Gem Arts
Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Tickets: £10 (£8concession).
Box Office: 01539 725133
www.breweryarts.co.uk

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Q&A with Sonia on londondance.com

Check out a brand new Q&A with Sonia about Kathakbox, Alchemy, hip hop, NPO and more on:

http://www.londondance.com/content.asp?CategoryID=3904

And don’t forget we are performing Kathakbox at The Place, London on 7th May! Details and bookings here:

http://www.theplace.org.uk/?lid=8639

Hope all of our friends are having a wonderful Spring, see you at a show soon!

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Sonia on… Kathakbox

So what is Kathakbox? And why Kathakbox? Sonia says…

“Kathakbox is a dialogue, rather than a fusion, of artistic disciplines. For me, it reflects the diversity of our society. Growing up in the UK I have absorbed a great variety of cultural, musical and dance influences alongside my Kathak practice, which inform and challenge my work.

Kathakbox is a poem, capturing a thought about our identity, separation and togetherness and how we relate to Others. I wanted to explore what happens when people of different backgrounds come together, who may not all speak the same mother tongue, but manage to communicate through a common language. When they do, they may have different accents, diction, grammar and body language which convey their individuality and cultural origin. Dance and music are our languages in Kathakbox, as we find artistic meeting points where one style relates to another rather than teaching each other about our individual styles. During the process of working together, our vocabularies changed by association as we picked up on each others’ groove and artistic mannerisms – physically, emotionally, vocally and ideologically. Dialogues emerged through curiosity or circumstance, using our individual physical grammar, and developing a common language.

Working with hip hop we have found many parallels with Kathak. Hip hop is raw, informal, laid back and spontaneous; this is how Kathak is originally, and still is in many contexts in India. We are all part of the same family. This is the seed of Kathakbox.”

Sonia Sabri, Artistic Director

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Post-show discussion: Nathan, Shan and Sarvar

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Post-show discussion: Sonia on developing the piece

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Post-show discussion: Sonia on where the show is going

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Some thoughts on Kathakbox rehearsals

We (Karen and Leonie – a bit about us here) visited Mac on Thursday morning (3rd February) and rehearsals were in full swing. The Kathakbox artists are working very hard everyday at the Mac, and we got a great taste of how the team works together and how the performance takes shape in the run up to the premiere in two weeks.

RehearsalsThe team of artists are working very organically, and every member has the opportunity to put across their views and suggest changes for the project.
On Thursday, collaboration with the audience in the middle of the performance came up and Sarvar, Sonia, Amayra and Nathan all bounced ideas off each other about how best to do this. What was great about this was that the different artists from diverse backgrounds (Sarvar, a tabla player; Sonia, the artistic director and choreographer; Amayra, a contemporary dancer; and Nathan, a b-boy) were all collaborating together and contributing to the design of the show. It seems the performance is constantly changing and could appear different in some aspects from one day to the next. The process is so natural and organic and it shows how well the team work together and how well they combine their respective skills. -Kaz

At times, each dancer has his or her own moves, and it seems chaotic and disorganised but at the same time, really meshes well. After a period of non-synchronous performance, the dancers’ movements eventually harmonise. As a result, the show keeps the audience on their toes. When I saw it I didn’t know what was going to come next! The mix of the different dances together with spoken word makes it a really exciting performance the likes of which I have never seen before.
All the performers have a fantastic charisma and they harmonise very well during their performance. -Leonie

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