Akademi’s DAKSHINA packs a punch with breath-taking performances from two leading classical Indian dancers in the UK, Kamala Devam and Elena Catalano, accompanied by live musicians.
With Odissi dancer Elena Catalano’s grace and sinuous attention to detail complemented by Kamala Devam’s athleticism and vigour in Bharatanatyam, this virtuosic duo will pay homage to their gurus and the Divine in an evening of exceptional dance and live music.
In Kamala’s repertoire, witness an offering of dance and poetry to five main Gods of Hinduism, the yearnings of a young heroine in love with Lord Shiva, and a bold new piece bringing dance and music into parity on stage. Elena will show the rhythmic intricacies and the gestural refinement of Odissi through pieces containing abstract dance and storytelling.
Also experience the premiere of Kamala Devam’s debut Bharatanatyam choreographic piece - based on the classic Jatiswaram - before it goes on tour.
Akademi is the UK's leading producer of South Asian dance, capturing imaginations through inspiring storytelling and unique spectacle. Creating vital talent pathways for the next generation of dance artists, Akademi also takes dance to the heart of the community, offering life-affirming experiences for those who are disadvantaged, disengaged or isolated.
Kamala Devam Kamala Devam is a multi-lingual dance artist and choreographer, and Artistic Director of Kamala Devam Company. She trained in Bharata Natyam for thirteen years under Katherine and K.P. Kunhiraman in northern California and received her BA in contemporary dance at San Francisco State University. In the UK, Kamala has performed for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony with Akram Khan Company and toured internationally for over 8 years with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, amongst other companies. Kamala Devam Company will embark on its first UK tour in Autumn 2018.
Dr Elena Catalano Founder and artistic director of Bhumi, Elena has established herself as one of the most impressive and influential Odissi dancers in the UK. Following her PhD at Durham University researching Odissi Training and associated embodiment, she lectures at Kingston University where she teaches Odissi, yoga and dance anthropology. Elena has distinguished herself as a dancer and a scholar for her understanding of Odissi aesthetics and cultural symbolism. Elena is a core member of the Odissi Ensemble and Nritya Yuva Award Winner 2017.