© Nick Greenwood Hopscotch, Light Night, by Balbir Singh at Yorkshire Dance.

We are delighted to bring Hopscotch to Newcastle Mela 2021.

Newcastle Mela is an incredible two day event that takes place every year during the August Bank Holiday weekend in Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. The event is inspired by Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures, and the perfect melting pot for the outdoors family-friendly performance, Hopscotch.

Based on the children’s playground game, this fun piece has two dancers and a musician bringing hopscotch to life in an unusual way. The ingredients are a hopscotch board, a musician with a sign saying NOT ALLOWED and two dancers with lots of chalk.

Explore the stories behind the numbers and consider what happens to our sense of play as we grow older.

Where and when:

Saturday 28th August at 12.40pm and 2.45pm, at Mela in the City – Monument, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5AF.

Sunday 29th August at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, at Mela, Exhibition Park, Claremont Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PZ.


Photo: Nick Greenwood

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