Some of Chaturangan's recent projects
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Chaturangan is working in partnership with Diane Amans,
the founder of Freedom in Dance, well known for her
work in training staff in health and social care and
managing dance projects in health settings. Our aim
is to produce a body of work reflecting on “release
from restrictions” from an artistic perspective.
The artists will draw on strengths from each other's
dance practices, life experience and substantial knowledge
of working with older people in a wide range of situations
to create this new dance piece.
different tune or
the same old song
The seminar was a partnership with Fact
and considered how children’s work and festivals
are applying new technology and addressing cultural
23rd October 2009 6.30pm
evening for making space to learn and enjoy Indian dance
and story telling with Bisakha Sarker and music with
Chris Davies was held at Liverpool Well Being Centre
on Friday 23rd October
Care and Cure
Tropical Tales is a cross arts project.
The idea is to collect stories from the Liverpool
School of Tropical Medicine and work with a creative
team of established artists (painters, poets, musicians,
dance and spoken word performers) to produce resource
The project starts on 20th May with an
evening of storytelling by Debjani Chatterjee on the
theme of "health and wellbeing".
There will be six break out groups each led by an artist
or a scientist where, in a less formal atmosphere, the
smaller group will exchange their stories. Each group
leader will use their artistic or scientific perception
to choose stories which will have an appeal to the wider
population and will represent diverse tastes.
Chaturangan and Encourage North West
(previously known as Dark
Horse Venture) supported by St
Mary’s Millenium Centre provided divers dance
(Indian, Chinese and Black dance) and story sessions.
Taster sessions were provided at the Milennium Centre,
local care homes and for the local Stroke Support Group
and other organistaions.
is a development initiative for South Asian Dance in the North
initiates and supports the development of South Asian dance
– from the popular to the spiritual – to make
an impact on the social and cultural fabric of the North West
will work towards increasing the scope for South Asian dance
in performance, education, training and community initiatives.
will address the training needs of artists to ensure high
quality artistic output.
will influence the insurgence of energy to create a greater
visibility in the mainstream of South Asian dance in the
region and beyond.
elsewhere for a more formal statement of our aims
is a community dance project for mothers of children with
disability who attend the Everton Children & Family Centre.
was to offer the group the possibility of new activities.
They would learn Indian dance movements, and then give a presentation
to their children in the nursery. The group responded enthusiastically
to the idea of learning a new style of dance, but was reluctant
to perform. They became interested in the whole cultural background
of the dance. Every community dance project has to be sensitive
to the needs of the participants.
their regular dance sessions we introduced other activities
such as dressing up in Indian clothes, jewellery making and
creating fun objects for the children from fruit and vegetables.
The process then gathered its own momentum, and the group
accepted an invitation to visit Fact,
a centre for digital arts, for a photoshoot by a professional
photographer. Here they also attended a children's performance
of 'In search of a different
tune'. This visit inspired them to perform for their children,
a prospect that they had initally declined.
Arts in Health
A project funded by Liverpool Culture Company 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.
The full Waiting project was delivered by Fact,
Comedy Trust and Chaturangan. Liverpool Culture
Company has produced a "coffee-table"
book summing up the work of the whole project, and
distributed it to all GP surgeries in Liverpool.
film project for residential homes
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
House Day Hospice
for details of Chaturangan's performance at Blythe House Day
Hospice in Buxton.
Dance of the Night
is a Planetarium show based on an ancient Indian myth about
the origin of the Plough, the Pleiades and the double stars
Alcar and Mizar.
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
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
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.
was celebrated as year of "Faith in one City"by
Liverpool Culture Company. In response Chaturangan produced
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 2004.
In 2005 Chaturangan toured "Across
the Sea", a programme of extensive community
projects together with a performance of "Sacred
to Cork (European Capital of Culture 2005).
was designated "Year of Performance" by Liverpool
Culture Company as part of the build-up to the Liverpool European
Capital of Culture 2008. In response to this, Chaturangan
ran a conference entitled Marks
of time in partnership with Hope University. The
conference explored appropriate performance practice in advancing
years, and was held on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th January
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
archive of conference information click here.
For links to some of the submitted papers click here.
Indian dance, music & storytelling we addressed the physical
and mental well-being of older people in the Huyton, Kirby and Halewood
areas of Knowsley.
On the final
day of each project, the group watched a culturally diverse performance
of dance, music and storytelling. The performances included Indian,
Chinese, African and contemporary Western dance, and stories from
Indian, China, Africa and Ireland.
day was organised to familiarise those within the sector with this
style of working.
pack has been prepared, including a specially commissioned music
CD (by Chris Davies) and a visual
aid of dance movements for limited mobility (by Eimear Kavanagh).