Our body of work derives from the training Balbir Singh received in the fields of Kathak and Contemporary dance and his interest in the creative potential of synthesising the two forms. Always working with original live music, the work challenges dancers to explore their musicality as well as their physicality and draws on the holistic relationship between Kathak dance and music.
In 2007, Balbir Singh directed a development project with four contemporary-trained dancers over a nine-month period investigating how Kathak training might impact on their skills and capability. The project culminated in the creation of a significant new work – Play of Percentages – which brought together the two forms and was presented at three showcase events in UK venues.
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 as well as, musicians. Synchronise subsequently toured nationally around the UK where it successfully engaged audiences who otherwise might not attend a dance performance, particularly a spectrum that extends from classical Indian dance, contemporary dance, and sport.
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).
Recent works include Love and Spice and Reflections of An Indian Dancer.
Now a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, all of BSDC’s work sits within four strands: Art and Sport, Classical Revisited, Celebrating Age and An Appetite for Dance. There’s a lively creative learning programme that sits alongside the projects and performances.