Past events

This is the Past events page.

  • May 2021

  • Bagri Foundation’s Navigating Change

    11 May 2021, 12 - 1pm Online

    The first panel of the Bagri Foundation series Navigating Change hosts artist Yarli Allison, dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra, and British Museum’s curator Dr Imma Ramos for a multidisciplinary conversation on how they have embraced positive and meaningful change into their life and practice in a changing creative sector with a focus on spaces they have been exploring either digitally or physically in the past year.

  • April 2021

  • Dance 4’s My Dance workshop with Aakash Odedra Company

    10 Apr 2021, 2 -3pm Zoom

    A free 60-minute contemporary kathak workshop for young dancers aged 13 to 25, led by Aakash Odedra and Keisha Raithatha. Booking essential.

  • The Making of Samsara: Dance City Film Festival

    25 Apr 2021, 3pm Online

    Dance City Film Festival is a 90 minute programme of six short films featuring Aakash Odedra Company, Julie Cleves and Robbie Synge, Art of Spectra, Corali Dance Company, Paul Davidson with National Youth Dance Company and Seeta Patel. Samsara, a duet between international dance artists Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China) was premiered in March 2020. This documentary gives a unique insight to the collaborative creative process that took place over three years, across the UK, USA, China & Australia. Through the voices of the choreographers/performers and the producer the journey of Samsara is brought to life. Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to experience The Making of Samsara, and discover how remarkably, the show went on despite language barriers and a global pandemic.

  • January 2021

  • Shiamak Arts Award Information Evening

    28 Jan 2021, 6pm Zoom

    If you want anymore information about the Arts Award offer running alongside the Shiamak classes, we will be holding an informal Zoom chat for interested parents/participants on Thursday 28 January at 6pm. Please note this is not compulsory, but will give an insight into the different tasks that will be set and will allow for any questions about the award and how it will be delivered. To register for the information session, email education@aakashodedra.com with the age of your child and if you are London or Midlands based. A zoom link for the session will then be emailed to you.

  • February 2021

  • Shiamak Arts Award

    6 Feb 2021 - 26 Mar 2021

    Arts Award returns! Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England for children and young people between the ages of 5-16. Alongside practical Shiamak classes, each participant can take part in this additional offer to get an individual Discover Arts Award task sent weekly via email. These will be collated throughout the duration of the term to form a Discover Arts Award portfolio, which will then be submitted for moderation, allowing each participant to receive their own official certification for completion of the programme.

  • Shiamak UK: Spring Classes 2021

    6 Feb 2021 - 26 Mar 2021 Zoom

    Shiamak Midlands’s online classes offer a training programme for students of all ages and abilities. Learn from Swapnil or Supriya, our Shiamak trained instructors as they guide you through the world of Bollywood dance and Shiamak’s trademark dance styles Indo Jazz and Bollywood Jazz.

  • January 2021

  • Aakash Odedra Global: The Road to Nine (nine states of being)

    18 Jan 2021 - 22 Mar 2021, 6pm (GMT) Zoom

    A ten week online workshop series that moves beyond the existing format of dance teaching online to provide the tools required for artists to stand out in the digital landscape.

  • Shiamak January Classes

    9 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2020, 10.30am - 8.30pm Zoom

    Get back into dance after the holidays with classes for kids, young people and adults. With a range of workshops and masterclasses available in Bollywood fitness, bolly sass, bolly hop, indo-contemporary and jazz we'll get you in shape for the Spring term. Involve all the family with our new weekly family workshop.

  • December 2020

  • Shiamak Christmas Classes

    17 Dec 2020 - 18 Dec 2020, 5 - 8.30pm Zoom

    We are running a series of one off drop in workshops for kids, young people and adults to get your holiday season off with a bang.

  • Shiamak UK Dance Competition

    12 Dec 2020, 6-8pm Facebook Live

    The first ever Shiamak UK dance competition will be judged by international choreographers Shiamak Davar, Aakash Odedra and Marzi Pestonji. Join host Khush Saikia at 6pm on Facebook Live to see competition entries from across the UK.

  • November 2020

  • #JeSuis: virtual performance

    12 Nov 2020, 4-6pm Facebook Live, Abu Dhabi

    As part of the company's four month residency with New York University Abu Dhabi, a full-length virtual performances of #JeSuis will take place on Facebook Live.

  • Murmur 2.0: virtual perfomance

    11 Nov 2020, 4-6pm Facebook Live, Abu Dhabi

    As part of the company's four month residency with New York University Abu Dhabi, a full-length virtual performances of Murmur 2.0 will take place on Facebook Live.

  • Shiamak’s Happiness Project

    8 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020, 6 - 7pm Zoom

    Sun 8 Nov - join Supriya for a session full of dance, fun and games for all the family (min 2 people per booking)

    Sun 15 Nov - join Louckik for laughter, fun and games

    Sat 21 Nov - join Swapnil for storytelling, food and nostalgic (prepare to show or talk about a snack/meal that is special to you).

  • Aakash Odedra 2: Virtual Performance

    6 Nov 2020, 5.30pm Online

    Aakash Odedra 2 is a pre-professional company for early career dance artists. Working closely with world renowned choreographer Aakash Odedra and alongside the Aakash Odedra Company. Eight dancers premiere this original work created with Kesha Raithatha and Aakash Odedra, filmed on location in Leicester (UK).

  • October 2020

  • Shiamak London Garba Workshop

    22 Oct 2020, 19.00 Gymbox, Farringdon, London

    Join Supriya and Louckik at Gymbox in Farringdon. Dance with your family and friends in this 90 minute dance workshop to celebrate Navratri. Join our Shiamak teachers as they bring the party in person to Central London. Age 18+

  • Shiamak UK Garba Workshop

    23 Oct 2020, 19.00 Zoom

    Celebrate Navratri with a 90 minute Garba workshop, join our teachers Supriya, Swapnil and Louckik as they don their finery and bring the party to your house. Age: 13+

  • September 2020

  • Shiamak Midlands Shuffle Batch: Style Intensive

    5 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020

  • Shiamak London Shuffle Batch: Style Intensive

    5 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020

    From Sat 5 – Fri 25 September take part in our three week course of Bollywood dance classes on Zoom. Choose from a range of dance styles to suit you from Indo-contemporary to Bolly Sass; Semi Classical to Bolly Hop. With classes tailored for children, young people and adults there is sure to be a class to suit you.

  • Across_Dance: elements abstracted

    5 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020, 14.00 Zoom

    SOLD OUT: An online workshop series by two seminal dance artists. Across_Dance with Aditi Mangaldas and Aakash Odedra explores the known and unknown through participation and observation.

  • July 2020

  • Shiamak London Funk-a-thon

    7 Jul 2020 - 4 Aug 2020 Online: Zoom

    Whilst we can't get back in the studios just yet, we will be bringing our Shiamak dance classes straight to your living room via Zoom for a 4 week online term that ends with a 15 hour live stream experience. Our very own Supriya Chavan, will be teaching kids, pre-teens and adult classes. We also have a few new styles to try including Bhangra Swag taught by Nikhil Kapoor and Semi-Classical classes by Kesha Raithatha. We're also offering a Discover Arts Award option for our kids and pre-teen classes.

  • Shiamak Midlands Funk-a-thon

    7 Jul 2020 - 4 Aug 2020 Zoom

    Whilst we can't get back in the studios just yet, we will be bringing our Shiamak dance classes straight to your living room via Zoom for a 4 week online term that ends with a 15 hour live stream experience. Our very own Dhrumil Soni, will be teaching kids, pre-teens and adult classes. We also have a few new styles to try including Bhangra Swag taught by Nikhil Kapoor and Semi-Classical classes by Kesha Raithatha. We're also offering a Discover Arts Award option for our kids and pre-teen classes.

  • June 2020

  • Samsara

    23 Jun 2020, 20.00 The Lowry, Salford

    Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara. Journey through the vast histories and cultures of China and India in this physical and spiritual dance performance. Created and performed by international artists Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China); Samsara features the live music of composer and vocalist Nicki Wells (UK/Switzerland). Experience a touching story of self-discovery and cultural exchange through this epic live performance of music and dance.

  • Samsara – European Premiere CANCELLED

    11 Jun 2020, 8pm Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

    The European premiere of Samsara, created and performed by Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China). Enter the world of Samsara and journey through the vast cultures of China and India. Featuring the live music of Nicki Wells, immerse yourself in the energy and skill of these two extraordinary dancers, in this epic live performance of music and dance.

  • January 2020

  • Shiamak’s Winter Funk: Rhythm Nation

    26 Jan 2020, 5pm Watford Colosseum, London

    Experience an evening of different dance styles from Bollywood to belly dancing, traditional Chinese to Cuban salsa. See the results of Shiamak Davar’s one of a kind training programme in action, where students learn a range of dance styles and performance skills. Dancers of all ages and abilities will share their technique and energy in this entertaining evening of dance.

  • November 2019

  • Shiamak Midlands Winter Funk: Rhythm Nation

    30 Nov 2019, 7.30pm Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

    Shiamak’s Winter Funk: Rhythm Nation takes you around the world through dance. Experience an evening of different dance styles from Bollywood to belly dancing, traditional Chinese to Cuban salsa. See the results of Shiamak Davar’s one of a kind training programme in action, where students learn a range of dance styles and performance skills. Dancers of all ages and abilities will share their technique and energy in this entertaining evening of dance.

  • May 2020

  • Echoes

    21 May 2020 The Quarterhouse, Folkestone

    Echoes is an exhilarating, high-octane Kathak dance experience which explores our relationships with our ancestors. The piece is choreographed by Kathak icon, Aditi Mangaldas, who is renowned for her artistry, energy and for breaking new ground, adding a contemporary twist to this stunning form of Indian dance.

  • January 2020

  • Murmur 2.0 & Inked

    21 Jan 2020 The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk

    A double bill of dance from award winning choreographer and dancer Aakash Odedra. Murmur 2.0 tackles the issue of dyslexia from his own experience, through dance and technology. A combination of movement, footwork and gestures combine with visual technology developed by Arts Electronica Futurelab (Linz, Austria) to enhance the audience’s experience. The second half of the performance is one of scarification and tattoos. Inked, created by Laurence Olivier Award winner Damien Jalet sees the body become a place of transformation, an envelope marked, folded and metamorphosed by its journey through a ritualized space. Immerse yourself in an evening of dance, exploring the body’s limits and powers.

  • March 2020

  • Samsara – World Premiere

    5 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020, 7.30pm, 2.30pm (7 March only) Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

    The world premiere of Samsara takes place at Asia TOPA in 2020. Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to experience Samsara, an epic live dance performance created and performed by international artists Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China). Drawing on their skills in ballet, Chinese folk, kathak and contemporary dance to create a physical and spiritual performance. Immerse yourself in the energy and skill of these two extraordinary dancers and the live music of composer and singer Nicki Wells (UK/Switzerland), in this epic journey of discovery.

  • December 2019

  • Rising

    3 Dec 2019, 8pm Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, San Diego

    Aakash Odedra performs solos choreographed by Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and himself and features lighting by Michael Hulls and Willy Cessa. Each solo uses Aakash’s background in kathak and bharatanatyam to create a distinct flavour of contemporary dance.

  • November 2019

  • #JeSuis

    15 Nov 2019, 9pm Teatro Ferrari, Padova Italy

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    10 Nov 2019, 6pm Theater am Ring, Villingen-Schwenningen Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    5 Nov 2019 - 9 Nov 2019, 7.30pm Stadttheater, Fürth Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    2 Nov 2019, 7.30pm Lessingtheater, Wolfenbüttel Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    1 Nov 2019, 8pm Theater der Stadt, Wolfsburg Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • October 2019

  • #JeSuis

    31 Oct 2019, 8pm Theater an der Wilhelmshöhe, Lingen Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    30 Oct 2019, 7.30pm Erholungshaus der Bayer AG, Leverkusen Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    27 Oct 2019, 7pm Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    24 Oct 2019, 7.30pm Stadttheater, Schaffhausen Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    23 Oct 2019, 8pm Burghof, Lörrach Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    21 Oct 2019 - 22 Oct 2019, 7.30pm Stadttheater, Amberg Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • #JeSuis

    20 Oct 2019, 7.30pm Theater der Stadt, Schweinfurt Germany

    This touching production delivers a soaring tribute to all people whose stories have not yet been ‘hashtagged’ and whose freedom of movement, speech, religion or liberty remains at stake. Set against a powerful soundtrack, #JeSuis was born from the belief that our ability to speak out and stand together will see us through to brighter times.

  • July 2019

  • Adult Summer School 2019

    29 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019, Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

  • Summer Funk

    13 Jul 2019 De Montfort Hall, Leicester UK

  • May 2019

  • #JeSuis

    21 May 2019, 7.30pm Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent UK

  • #JeSuis

    18 May 2019, 7.30pm The House, University of Plymouth, UK

  • #JeSuis

    15 May 2019, 7.30pm J2, Cambridge Junction, Cambridge UK

  • #JeSuis

    9 May 2019, 7.30pm Peepul Centre, Leicester, UK

    Aakash Odedra Company presents an award-winning dance piece #JeSuis. Performed by seven dancers from Turkey, this enthralling and thought-provoking production explores the strangulation of freedom of speech, the rise of xenophobic attitudes, and the displacement of people through conflict.