We make exciting and original dance theatre, inspired by the imaginative vision of artistic director Balbir Singh.
Our mission is to be the UK’s leading intercultural company making dance theatre that tells stories to excite the senses and generate conversations. We create work that tells stories in innovative ways. Through our unique approach embracing diverse influences, we aim to reach new audiences and foreground less heard voices.
Founded in 1998 by Balbir Singh, BSDC has grown to be a leading dance company that specialises in blending contemporary western dance and classical Indian Kathak. Based in Leeds, the company regularly works with the best artists and musicians and presents work to diverse audiences in the UK and internationally. Under Balbir’s artistic leadership, the company stands at the forefront of intercultural dance practice in the UK.
Balbir Singh Dance Company has dance at its heart, drawing on diverse influences to create work that can be pure dance, cross-art-forms collaborations as well as, non-arts innovative partnerships. The work is always intercultural – offering a holistic dance experience for audiences. Our vision is to increase our reputation for innovative performances and collaborations and to grow a diverse audience for contemporary and classical Indian dance.
In 2012 BSDC was commissioned to create a piece to be performed as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Synchronised, a water-based work performed in a swimming pool with synchronised swimmers joining the company’s dancers and musicians was an instant hit. Synchronised subsequently toured nationally around ‘arts cold spots’ where it successfully engaged audiencess who otherwise might not attend a dance performance.
This sport-dance crossover proved to be a rich seam for BSDC: the company went on to develop successful partnerships with a range of sports organisations, leading to work exploring rugby (Full Contact, The Strategists), cycling (Champion of the Flatlands, Dancing Bicycles) and figure skating (Peacock Lake, Boy with the Rollerblades) as well as more swimming pool-based work (Broken Tusk).
BSDC also has a long-standing commitment to educational work, both in schools and community settings. Over recent years the company has supported many children to achieve their Arts Award. Central to BSDC’s approach is a belief in culturally diverse learning and participation. The company is well known for delivering innovative programmes that inspire; encouraging individuals, groups and communities to engage further with the arts and leaving a lasting impression on all participants.
BSDC continues to be supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) and performs around the UK and internationally.