John Ball is a composer, tabla and santoor player, and a long time collaborator with Balbir Singh Dance Company, performing in Decreasing Infinity, The Telling of Tales, Irish Indian Dreams and The Boy with the Rollerblades amongst others.
John completed a Master of Arts in Musicology and Ethnomusicology from the University of York in 2000, and he is currently working with the University of Sheffield as World Music Performer in Residence, teaching North Indian Classical Music tabla and 100 stringed santoor.

A collaborator at heart and a generous performer, John Ball has received meticulous and intensive santoor training under the guidance of Sri Harjinder Pal Singh a senior disciple of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. He also received extensive training from some of India’s greatest tabla maestros including Sri Sudhir Saxena, Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Pandit Yogesh Samsi, and has accumulated over twenty years of experience playing tabla.

He is often playing in world music ensembles, collaborating with Western Classical, West African, Jazz, Folk, and Pop Musicians. He routinely performs on tabla and santoor with Rafiki Jazz, a Sheffield based 10-piece world music collective. Mishra, a Sheffield based Indo-Folk music quartet made University of Sheffield music graduates and the world-famous dancer Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar in several Kathak performances.

John has worked with a broad spectrum of artists including Sarathy Korwar, Juldeh Camara (BBC World Music Award Winner), Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley. His research focuses on the adaptation of ‘Indian music’ skills and aesthetics on ‘Western’ and/or non-Indian instruments with interest in exploring improvisation skills through Indian music rhythmic and melodic concepts.

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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
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
Care Homes Tour Leeds 2020
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Erica Mulkern
John Ball
Artistic Highlights
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
John Curry Olympic and World Champion
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom