I came up with the idea of Learning to Dance late last year. Where

the ideas come from I have no idea, but I guess there is a logic to

wanting to bring together two massively significant characters that

have impacted on my development as an artist. Namron at the

Northern School of Contemporary Dance. It was a wonderful three

years under his guidance. Then after graduating being taught by and

becoming a disciple of Padmashri Pratap Pawar and embarking on a

journey into Kathak.

The thought process around having the two of them on stage

together is common with how I make work: a strong concept, lightly

placed in the abstract. Then came what to call the piece, and

Learning to Dance seemed to naturally suggest itself. These two

legends in the world of dance globally stripping it all back to learning

the artform, their journey with it, and their teaching of dance.

What it felt like making the work

I constantly put myself outside my comfort zone in terms of

challenging myself artistically with each piece I make so I don’t get

nervous. However on this one I was a little bit nervous. It was an

honour and privilege to have two such giants agree to work with me

as a junior artist and trust to me to create a new piece of work that

was very different for both of them to anything they had done

before. The sense of responsibility if I thought about it too much was

massive. It was brave of them both to enter the studio and let me

lead on trying to realise what was in my mind.

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