Sonia Sabri Company present Kathakbox


Kathakbox is an innovative new stage production from one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic dance companies. Sonia Sabri Company bring together the Indian classical dance form, Kathak and the universal culture of Hip Hop to celebrate the unique, diverse energy of modern Britain through Urban Kathak.

Kathakbox creates conversations between the grace and vigour of Kathak and the complex, rhythms and rhymes of Hip Hop culture. These apparently different art forms are often thought of within separate ‘boxes’ for different audiences and cultures, but what lies ‘outside the box’? Drawing on urban trends and global roots, a company of technically diverse, brilliant dancers and musicians find out, breaking into a new creative arena never experienced before. They create Urban Kathak through collaboration between Street, Contemporary and Indian dance, beatboxing, spoken word and tabla vox rhythms. Kathakbox encourages us to ‘think outside the box’ and reflects the diverse, intersecting rhythms of the human experience.

Kathakbox’s artistic journey began at Choreodrome, a scheme run by one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance venues, The Place, with mentoring support from esteemed choreographer Richard Alston. Sonia Sabri Company also received a special invitation to perform an early extract of Kathakbox at The Place’s 40th anniversary celebrations and it went on to be selected for the Decibel Performing Arts Showcase 2009, a festival profiling UK’s high quality diverse performance arts.

The much anticipated 2011 tour of Kathakbox has been co-produced by one of the Midlands most popular arts centres, mac, where Sonia Sabri is an Associate Artist. Kathakbox will have its’ national premiere at the mac followed by the international premiere at the World Stage Festival in Abu Dhabi, hosted by the British Council and Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. The international premiere is a part of strategic cultural exchange initiative led by Birmingham City Council, through which Sonia Sabri Company will represent the arts and cultures of Birmingham and the UK on a world stage amongst artists and dignitaries from across the globe.

The UK tour will allow audiences to experience the power and excitement of Kathakbox on their doorstep as it performs at over 20 venues across the nation. Featuring Sonia Sabri performing alongside three dancers including b-boy Nathan Geering, internationally recognised tabla maestro Sarvar Sabri, acclaimed spoken word artist & vocalist Marcina Arnold and beatboxer Shan Bansil, Kathakbox is going to be one of the must-see new creative highlights of 2011.

Press and Audience quotes

“The word ‘solo’ does not do justice to the abilities of a great Kathak dancer…elegant…captivating”
(Graham Watts,

“Sabri is a wonderful mover…a find and one to follow” (Bruce Marriot,

“Assertive…elegant…Sabri is a master of her form” (Malcolm Rock, Dance Europe)

“…cool, sharp brilliance,…one of the greatest talents of contemporary Indian dance” (Ballet Tanz)

“…Fiery…exuberant, uplifting…in the right hands Kathak can even be funky.” (Birmingham Post)

“Sonia is a performer with exquisite grace…and star quality…” (Shruti, India)

“Such an incredible musicality, it was impossible not to gaze in wonder and adoration…An uplifting crescendo of music and dance” (Dance Europe)

“A dynamic performer with her own spin on the Indian classical tradition…makes you live it in the here & now” (Metro)

“…graceful…charming…an absolutely electrifying performer” (Pikomalan Sanomat, Finland)

Production: Mosaic
“Thought it was great. Liked the fact that Sonia Sabri was so in control of every movement and made it seem flowing and easy. It was inspirational to watch”

Production: Parallels
“The performance was brilliant and innovative. I liked the mixture of old and new and felt that a great deal of energy was shared”

“I liked the swift and elegant moves of the dance and the emotion that came across. The music was moving and reminded me of my past history and roots”

“Last night I attended your company’s performance at the New Vic and was really uplifted by the event!”

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