A development initiative for South Asian Dance in the North West
Welcome to Chaturangan
Bisakha's report on her visit to Canada on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship is here.
Chaturangan presented the second culturally diverse cross arts performance as part of Phase II of the Fleeting Moments project. The performance specially welcomed people living with dementia, and their companions, with the aim of enriching their quality of life.
This family and dementia friendly professional public performance was produced through a 3-day choreolab bringing together dancers, musicians, artists, those living with dementia and their care-partners at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. It was a heart warming joyous dance and music performance enjoyed by all.
It includes short sections of Indian, Chinese and Contemporary dance to live music, with two breaks and opportunities for sensitively led audience participation.
Artists taking part: Fenfen Huang, Anusha Subramanyam, Mary Pearson, Steve Boyland and Chris Davies.
The Impact of this artistic initiative for the care of dementia will be evaluated by Julie Hanna.
In December 2010 Chaturangan, in partnership with MDI and the Foundation for Community Dance, held the first national dance and dementia conference in Liverpool, with particular focus on the rôle of dance in the care of dementia.
This innovative conference was a multi-disciplinary arts event combining academic papers, keynote dances, presentations of art based research by leading practitioners and specially commissioned dance performances and films.The conference celebrated best practice in this field and brings together a diverse range of artists, health and medical professionals, care staff, biomedical researchers, arts organisations and friends and families of those living with dementia.
transition was a two-day conference investigating heritage through dance held in partnership with Sampad and the National Museums Liverpool 7th & 8th March 2008 at the World Museum Liverpool
Nationally acclaimed Artistic Director, Bisakha Sarker, presented a full programme of events with thought provoking lectures and challenging debates. Taking dance as its focal point this two day conference explored and examined what heritage means in today's society.
For an archive of conference information, see here.
The conference was managed by the Aspire Trust Ltd. Email Aspire Trust.
"The Marks of Time conference was a great success. We had over 80 participants as well as many performers, and the event was inspirational for all concerned. The highlight was the performance by Bisakha Sarker on the Friday evening, with musical accompaniment by Chris Davies. A few phrases from the conference will remain in my memory: "Brightness of Life"; "Add life to years as well as years to life". Thanks to all of Chaturangan and Aspire Trust for the work they put into the organisation. " - Eric Foxley
For the conference schedule and an archive of conference information click here.
For links to some of the submitted papers click here.
Videos from the conference can be found at the Marks Of Time blog - www.marksoftime.blogspot.com.
Arts in Health
A project in conjunction with Liverpool Primary Care Trust. Chaturangan
has provided a creative approach responding to the differing needs of
people in ‘waiting’ settings. We worked with artists experienced
in working sensitively with people in different situations. The first
phase of the project comprised six sessions in different in six different
situations (for example a hospital ward, a clinic, a hospice and a patient
support group) and the making of a film "Precious" by Gina Czarnecki
suitable for showing in waiting rooms. The second phase will focus on
the mental health area, and the development of an interactive installation
of the film "Precious". The film was shown by the Liverpool
Culture Company at the UK Public Health Conference at the Echo Arena in
Liverpool in April 2008.
Warrington film project for residential homes
Warrington Borough Council commissioned Bisakha to create an exercise video suitable for use in residential home, and dance groups for the over-50s. As part of the project Chris Davis and Bisakha worked in residential homes and with local mature dance groups. There will be four films, three suitable for chair-based exercise and one for more mobile participants. The emphasis is on creativity. The films will be webcast when ready.
Bisakha provided a one-day workshop for "The Place" theatre.The project looked at working with older people in hospitals.
Blythe House Day Hospice
See here for details of Chaturangan's performance at Blythe House Day Hospice in Buxton.
celebrated as year of "Faith in one City"by Liverpool
Culture Company. In response Chaturangan produced "Sacred
Move", a soulful production of new dance, live music and
spoken words. Chaturangan has created an initiative that celebrates
Liverpool’s diverse cultural and devotional heritage. The
first two performances took place in Liverpool's two cathedrals
In 2005, Liverpool Culture Company's "Year of the Sea", Chaturangan toured "Across the Sea", a programme of extensive community projects together with a performance of "Sacred Move" to Cork (European Capital of Culture 2005).
In January 2007, at the invitation of Liverpool Culture Company, Chaturangan performed “Sacred Move” at the St George's Hall, Liverpool to launch their cultural programme for 2007.
It was produced as a collaboration between Bisakha Sarker, William Radice, Arun Ghosh, Dan Soul and Kali Dass.
was shown every Sunday afternoon through 2006 and 2007 at the Planetarium.
Our work is supported by, among others