Celebrating Age is a key focus for Balbir Singh Dance Company. Through it, we engage with older artists who have contributed to the arts over decades.

At the heart of this is our grounding in the Kathak tradition which, through the Guru-shishya relationship, values the experience and skills of mature artists, ensuring they are passed on and enjoyed by younger generations.

BSDC works with some of the dance sector’s most respected pioneers like Pratap Pawar and Namron and through cross sector partnerships with leaders in their own right from other fields, such as former World Ice Skating Champion, Gary Beacom.

Gary Beacom meets the young audience after a performance of The Boy with the Rollerblades. Photo: Gavin Joynt

 

The Company has created new work with these artists and continues to break new ground with pieces such as Learning to Dance and The Boy with the Rollerblades that push the boundaries of work with older artists and celebrate the creativity and skills of a generation.

The Company also encourages cross-generational commissions that not only enhance the skills of older artists, particularly in the digital realm, but enable a genuine creative exchange between young and old, blending experience and sharing inspiration to create new connections and lexicons.

Older audiences are just as key to Balbir Singh Dance Company’s commitment to Celebrating Age with a programme of work created and delivered on-site and on-line specifically for residents of care homes.  Performances have included A Taste of Love and Spice which involve not just a traditional Kathak dance but live music and a taste of Indian food, enjoyed whilst the performers chat and answer questions with residents.

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
Performance
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Accessibility
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