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The core purpose of our project is to bring different communities together and hence we have incorporated this theme throughout the whole project. From the planning stages, all the way to delivery, the idea is to integrate communities, and therefore the people at each stage will also be of different cultures and backgrounds.

Also, by engaging young people in such activities we are deterring them from anti-social behaviour and providing them with an opportunity to participate in a healthy, useful and valuable activity.

Call out for Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi Dancers

Leicester based Nupur Arts Youth Association (NAYA) are seeking 7 talented Bharatanatyam and 3 Kuchipudi dancers age between 18 to 30 as a part of their Arts Council funded Evolve project.
The Evolve project is a Talent development programme for up and coming dancers with a possibility of piloting a Bharatanatyam touring company with dancers aged between 18 and 30 years.

NAYA is looking for 7 talented and committed Bharatantyam and 3 Kuchipudi dancers to be a part of Evolve project

As a part of Evolve project, NAYA will offer 2 separate residencies involving FREE training and bursaries with renowned Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Kuchipudi artist Arunima Kumar. Both the residences will take place at the Curve Theatre in Leicester.

Seeta Patel 5-day residency:
• Residency dates: 27th to 31st August
• Dancers from Bharatanatyam background, 5 years minimum training required
• up to £250 bursary available
• In August, Seeta Patel will lead a 5day residency in Bharatanatyam at Curve Theatre, followed by 5 hours of mentoring per participant via Skype & email (including bespoke training plans).

Arunima Kumar 2-day residency:
• Residency date: 21st-22nd August
• Dancers from a Kuchipudi/Bharatanatyam background, 4-5 years minimum training required • Up to £100 bursary available
• In August 2019, Arunima Kumar will lead a 2day Kuchipudi residency, culminating in the development of 1 group dance piece and a showcase at Curve. Participants will continue to use her techniques in their own practice, supported by NADA for studio space.

Bhagya Lakshmi Tyagarajan 2-day residency:
• Residency date: 2-3 September
• Dancers from a Bharatanatyam background, 4-5 years minimum training
required
• Up to £100 bursary available • In September 2019, Bhagya Lakshmi will lead a 2day Bharatanatyam residency, culminating in the development of 1 group Abhinaya dance piece and a showcase at Curve. Participants will continue to use her techniques in their own practice, supported by NADA for studio space.

Dancers will have the opportunity to present their work at Nupur Art Dance Academy’s Indian Classical showcase Yuva Nartan 2019 in October at the Curve Theatre, Leicester

Criteria for video audition:
• Seeta Patel and Bhagya Lakshmi Bharatanatyam residency: Provide a video clip of yourself doing a Bharatanatyam piece demonstrating technique and abhinaya (max 4 minutes)
• Arunima Kumar Kuchipudi residency: Provide a video clip of yourself doing a Kuchipudi or Bharatanatyam piece demonstrating technique and abhinaya (max 4 minutes)

If interested, please send us an email with a short paragraph explaining why you want to be part of this project, together with a short CV and a 2 -4 min video clip to Smita Vadnerkar, Artistic Director latest by 5th July 2019:
info@nupurarts.org.uk

Successful applicants will be contacted by 10 July 2019

Evolve project is supported by Arts Council England, Curve Theatre Leicester and Nupur Arts.

Aspire

This project is funded by Awards for All

Aspire is a new approach to learning aimed at young people aged 14 to 24 years old. Young people from areas of deprivation will be recruited to participate in a skill development programme. They will receive free training, via workshops and will then have the opportunity to put those skills to the test by organising, managing, delivering and evaluating an awards ceremony. This project aims to help young people to plan and manage their own project, learn to work in a team, develop decision making skills and understanding different aspects of marketing.  We can also help them to develop skills through the creation of dance & drama.

The skills learnt above will not only enable them to deliver the Arts Award ceremony but also all young people will be put towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Awards on completion.

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from Young people and Audience Members
  • ‘Very valuable and took a lot away from the project’
  • ‘Confident’
  • ‘Help build confidence , mix with young people from different background ’
  • ‘The event was well organised and ran very smoothly which demonstrated the abilities of young people to deliver such a successful event’.

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