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The Creative Case for Diversity is an exciting yet potentially complex area for arts organisations. For Balbir Singh Dance Company, the conversation it has sparked is both welcome and timely.

BSDC exemplifies diversity at all stages of its creative process: it is to be found in the creative director’s background and formative experiences; among the company’s collaborators, artists and performers; in the themes explored in its work; and, importantly, in the diversity of audiences which this work attracts.

Yet there are challenges, albeit less obvious ones, that do speak to the need to reflect on the Creative Case at different levels.

BSDC’s experience in 2017 offered a particularly interesting opportunity for this kind of reflection. This prompted Balbir Singh to ask of the company: ‘how can we meet the challenges and where will this take us on our journey?’

The company’s response to this was published in a booklet. Using two case studies as a starting point, the publication explores the main challenges that the company encounters as a culturally diverse maker of work.

It also reflects on the lessons that can be learnt from this experience. Where strengths are identified it proposes ways of building on them. For areas that suggest unmet need, it points to potential solutions that the company feels could be considered – at the organisational, national and international levels.

Download a copy of the booklet here.

We need to ensure funders are part of the discussion on how we can nurture and support our diverse dance traditions, if the lack of home grown classically trained musicians and dancers is to be addressed

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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