Artistic Director Sonia Sabri on Kathakbox

Artistic Director Sonia Sabri:  “Kathakbox is a dialogue, rather than a fusion, of artistic disciplines, a poem, capturing a thought about our identity, separation and togetherness and how we relate to others.  Audiences here and abroad really respond to the underlying emotional content of the work, as well as appreciating the diversity of the company and the unique talents of each performer.   Working with hip hop we have found so many parallels with kathak; hip hop is raw, informal, spontaneous which is how kathak was originally and still is in many contexts in India.

“We recently performed Kathakbox in Jordan where audiences loved the non-instrumental aspect – how we create a rich sound without using musical instruments.  They were rapping along with the show right to the end – we didn’t feel a language barrier at all!”

Birmingham-based Sonia Sabri is currently the only professional female Kathak dancer who was born and entirely trained in the UK.  She has been performing since the age of 14 and founded the Sonia Sabri Company in 2002 with the aim of presenting Kathak dance in a new light, reflecting both Indian and British culture.  As a performer, choreographer and artistic director Sonia provides a positive role model for how performing arts can be inspired by and used to engage with issues such as faith, gender, motherhood and relationships.  Sonia is committed to nurturing the next generation of dancers and established Kathakaars, a creative forum for emerging dancers and musicians in Indian classical forms.

Kathakbox is comingn to macrobert this Friday, 23rd September at 7.30pm. Make sure you get along to see this wonderful, exciting fusion.

Tickets £9.50 (friends) / £12 (full) / £9 (conc) / £7 Students and U18s

More info and online booking here.

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Sonia Sabri


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