Balbir Singh Dance Company was commissioned by imove to deliver Synchronised, a three-year project combining synchronised swimming and dance.
The project explored what is involved in choreography and training for synchronised swimmers, and what happens to classical Indian and contemporary-trained dancers working in water.
The project combined Balbir Singh’s interest in synthesising contemporary and Kathak dance with synchronised swimming, working with professional dancers, elite level synchronised swimmers and the general public.
Synchronised was commissioned by imove, Yorkshire’s cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympics, a new and imaginative celebration of human movement, bringing together the best creative talent from the region to produce a programme of events designed to inspire the public in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. imove is funded by Legacy Trust UK, Yorkshire Forward and Arts Council England.
Synchronised was also awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark, which recognises outstanding projects and events helping to deliver the games’ lasting legacy.
Future Synchronised activity to take place from autumn 2012 is currently being planned in collaboration with imove.
Synchronised was delivered in three phases from 2010 – 2012, read more about each phase here:
Choreorgrapher/Movement Director: Balbir Singh
Synchronised Swimming Choreographer: Heba Abdel Gawad
Rehearsal Director: Leon Jackson
Composer: Jesse Bannister
Lighting Designer: Michael Mannion