In 2012, BSDC astonished audiences at the Cultural Olympiad that accompanied the London Olympics, with Synchronised, a dance and synchronised swimming spectacular commissioned by imove. It played to sell out audiences in Sheffield and Leeds.
That was followed in 2014 by a highly successful tour supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, which took the piece to arts ‘cold spots’ around the country. Balbir Singh’s skill in developing partnerships stood the company in good stead as it forged productive relationships with local authorities and leisure centres in places as diverse as Blackburn in Lancashire, Barking, Dagenham and Leicester.
In 2016 Sychnronised got back in the water for Southbank’s Alchemy Festival. In partnership with St Thomas and Guys NHS Hospital Trust the company performed four sell out shows at the Trust’s pool.
The same year, the piece also opened Billingham International Folk Festival of World Dance. Here the company was able to integrate performers from across the world.
Amy Carter, Head of Arts, Museums and Cultural Promotion, Sheffield City Council