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.

Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Performance
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Accessibility
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art