‘You know how the place you were brought up in seems so ordinary, so familiar that you don’t even think about it? That’s how diversity is for us. You don’t go around looking at your home, saying “Look. How interesting. This place is so different.” You just get on with things. But since you ask . . .’

From the introduction to Life Blood

Life Blood is a creative contribution to the Creative Case for Diversity, from BSDC. Written in 2017. A collection of articles written by the company and insights from Balbir Singh. It explores the Creative Case through the lens of someone who grew up in a world between cultures, where outsider status was the norm, resilience was a given.

At Balbir Singh Dance Company, we always say we’re all about diversity. But quite often, we leave it at that. We realise that maybe sounds a bit churlish. It’s not. It’s just that we’ve never really stopped working for long enough to talk about it. But if ever there was a time to stop, reflect and draw out whatever it is that makes us what we are, this is it. So we wondered how we could contribute to the conversation, in a way that a) doesn’t state the obvious and, b) adds something positive that isn’t already out there.

That’s not easy, especially for a company that’s more used to making work than commentating on it. In the end, we went back to basics: what is the conversation about? It’s about the creative case for diversity. Not the social case, not the economic case. And certainly not the political case. It’s the creative case. So any exploration has to focus on how diversity is good for art. That suits us fine. Because, for our artistic director Balbir Singh, it’s all about creativity, all about the art.

Life Blood also has some really useful tips and ideas drawn from the company’s and Balbir’s life experience that will prompt and provoke you to think again about Creative Case.

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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 Eswar
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