This new work for 2021 from Balbir Singh looks at the idea of wisdom. What is it? How do we gain it? How do we use it? How do we pass it on?
The Wise Ones features Bisakha Sarker and Guru Pratap Pawar who are part of the world’s history of dance spanning many decades. They will be joined by a supporting cast of established dancers and live music.
It is a true celebration of age, of who we are and how we make sense of the world through dance.
The Wise Ones will premiere in December 2021 at Kala Sangam in Bradford so you’ll have to wait to see more. But in the meantime, here are some of Balbir’s thoughts on his new piece:
“What is the wisdom gained through a lifetime journey as artists? – this is my starting point.
There were The Three Wise Men following the star to Jesus. Which set me to wondering: how did they become wise and gain the title of being Wise Men?
Working with this trio of septuagenarians is a privilege for me. With this calibre of artists there is more than enough inspiration to make a full length work about each of them. Having made Learning to Dance as a profoundly moving experience with two of the three previously, this is an exciting creative challenge for me to bring the three of them together into one work.
So these were some of my initial questions:
What is wisdom to them?
How is it defined?
How has it been gained, applied and passed on?
What wisdom will emerge from the process of making this piece?
I am looking forward to going deeper into my own creativity with such a universal theme as artists and human beings as creative makers of work, performers on stage connecting with audiences, teachers and role models.
As artists we are never satisfied and always pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, to continue to grow, to learn, be inspired by our relationship with the art form, collaboration and the world around us as nature, planet and cultural environment.
Having had 18 months of pandemic reflection time, my creative energy feels ready to find a new way of connecting with audiences, challenging myself and celebrating age.
My favourite poet, T.S. Eliot, in The Journey of the Magi says:
And arriving at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place, it was (you may say) satisfactory.
Let’s see where we arrive and how we get there.
Wish me luck.”