In 2015, Balbir Singh collaborated with visual artist Angela Lyn and composer Jesse Bannister to bring a collection of large-scale paintings to life in a gallery space in Shoreditch.

The three worked together to develop a multi art form experience in which Angela’s paintings were the source material and inspiration for work which revealed the exhibition’s depth, meaning and significance in the specific gallery space. The collaboration encouraged the audience to engage more closely with the paintings and find their emotional resonance.

The influence of Lyn’s dual heritage on her work echoes Balbir Singh’s own background and formative experiences.

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The project also drew on Balbir’s early experience collaborating with Bonnington Art Gallery in Nottingham, Cartright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford, and a number of visual artists with whom Balbir has worked, including Balraj Khanna.

Building on this successful project, Balbir Singh Dance Company went on to give more prominence to performance spaces in galleries and collaborations with visual artists. This resulted in new work Painting the Indian Gods.

‘You feel completely immersed in the experience and stimulated on a whole other level – an awe inspiring experience.’

Chris Hill, Venue Manager at Canvas Studios, Shoreditch

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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
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
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