Photo: Malcolm Johnson

Love and Spice is a favourite in Balbir Singh’s repertoire. The piece was first performed in 2016 at Neston Town Hall, programmed by Cheshire Rural Touring Arts. Since then, the show has delighted audiences across the UK in both rural and urban communities. In 2019, an adaptation of the show ‘A Taste of Love and Spice’ toured to Leeds Care Homes in a joyful project supported by Leeds Inspired.

As part of ACE Strategic Touring we went on to work with 7 rural touring schemes across the north. We are now very pleased to be once again working with a number of exciting rural touring promoters in Autumn 2021 to bring the wooziness of love and spice to new communities. Performing live on the rural touring circuit is a richly rewarding experience for our musicians and dancers; the events have a special warm quality. François Matarasso expressed why so beautifully in March 2019:

“The heart of the reason why it’s different from a town centre art centre is that the audience knows each other. That contributes to the other thing that is distinctive, which is that rural touring events become part of shared memory, part of what builds community. So, for both of those reasons, I think that it is a very distinctive kind of artistic experience.”

If you are interested in booking ‘Love and Spice’ or any Balbir Singh Dance Company performance or workshop, then please contact us on alphie.bsdc@gmail.com

Photo: Malcolm Johnson

Love and Spice Autumn Tour 2021

Rural tour of village halls and small town venues

Saturday 25 September, 7.15pm  North Dalton Village Hall, YO25 9XA. Contact: 01377 217625/ 07748 227403/ rosevistaarts@outlook.com Tickets: £8.50 Adults, £4.00 Under 16 yrs. Tickets here. ArtERY live Event

Friday 1 October, 7.30pm Newton Upon Rawcliffe Village Hall, Newton Upon Rawcliffe, YO18 8QA. Tickets here.

Saturday 2 October, 7.30pm Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AH. Contact 01756 792809 tickets via  www.skiptontownhall.co.uk 

Thursday 4 November, 7.30pm  Kirton-in-Lindsey Town Hall DN21 4LZ. Contact:01652648435 m.hollingsworth205@btinternet.com. Tickets: £8 full/£6 concessions. Tickets here.  LiveLincs Events

Thursday 11 November, 7.30pm Hellifield Village Hall, Main Road, Hellifield BD23 4JY. Adult £7.00 and Under 16 £5.00. Tickets here

Friday 12 November, 7pm Gleaston Village Hall LA12 0QA Contact: 01229 869968 /07990327047 barbara.birch@hotmail.co.uk  Tickets: £10 adult, £5 u18, £22 family. Arts Out West

Saturday 13 November, 7.30pm Ullock Village Hall, CA14 4TP Contact: 01946 862300/07847371907 margaretperry@hotmail.com. Tickets: £10 adult, £5 u18, £25 family. Arts Out West

Sunday 14 Nov 2021, Kirksanton Village Hall Kirksanton Millom LA18 4NN Contact: 01229 777989/07595153020 kirksantonvh@gmail.com Tickets: £10 adult, £5 u18, £22 family. Arts Out West

Thursday 18 November, 7.30pm Terrington Village Hall, Mowthorpe Lane, Terrington, York YO60 6PZ. terringtonvillagehallinfo@gmail.com Tickets here.

Friday 19 November, 7.00pm  Barton-on-Humber Assembly Rooms, Queen St DN18 5QP Contact:07884 933788 info@champltd.org Tickets: Adults £8/ U16s £4/ Family (2 Ads + U16) £20. Tickets here. LiveLincs Events

Saturday 20 November, 7.30pm  Wroot Village Hall DN9 2BT. Contact:  01302 771802 / 07912 490 323  pat-Hamilton@hotmail.co.uk Tickets: £6. Tickets here. LiveLincs Events

Friday 26 November, 7.00pm Tockholes Village Hall Tockholes Rd, Darwen BB3 0LR. Contact 07889105969 Tickets: £8. Tickets here.

Saturday 27 November, 7.30pm Settle Victoria Hall Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ. Tickets here.

Sunday 28 November, 7.30pm Masham Town Hall ,9 Little Market Place, Masham, N. Yorks HG4 4DY. Contact 01765 680200 Tickets here.

 

About our promoters:

Blaize: opening new doors to the arts.

Arts Out West: brings quality professional shows into village and community halls across West Cumbria.

‘Beautiful performance of Love and Spice by Balbir Singh Dance Company . A gorgeous evening of storytelling with dance, music and ladoo. It felt an honour to have witnessed it. ‘ Sameena Hussein. Twitter

Photo: Malcolm Johnson

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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