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 ContactThe Strategists), cycling (Champion of the FlatlandsDancing Bicycles) and figure skating (Peacock LakeBoy 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.

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The Idea (learning to dance)
My destiny to bring them together
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts (learning to dance)
The story (love and spice)
Dance with live cooking
On the trail of love and spice
Love, spice – and healthy eating
Breakdown of The Strategists
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
An interview with Kuldip Singh Bist of the Delhi Hurricanes
Overview of The Strategists
Decreasing Infinity in India
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Sooraj Subramaniam
Breakdown of the piece (12)
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Moon, dance
The Collaborators
Bones, Bodies and Beats
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Script (12)
BMX and Flatland terminology
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (2)
Running order (full contact)
Watersplash! Uncovering hidden histories to reach new audiences
When Worlds Collide
Immersed in music
In the presence of geniuses
Namron
Olga Maloney
Exploring hidden worlds
Gary Beacom
A bridge to India
Jesse Bannister
A lost art?
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Kimberley Hardy
body/painting – dancers at an exhibition
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
Baines Cards
Who was Sir Hans Krebs?
Synchro in the city
Kali Chandrasegaram
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar
What is Kathak?
Life blood
A new aesthetic in the sport-art of synchro
AquaKathak – the creative water workout
Balbir on working with Gary
Colouring your emotions
Abirami Eshwar
Care Homes Tour Leeds 2020
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Artists
Erica Mulkern
John Ball
Artistic Highlights
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
John Curry Olympic and World Champion
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom