About Kadam

Kadam leads the debate on the development of South Asian dance and music as forms connecting people and places and encouraging the sharing of artistic values across cultures.

Based at the Hat Factory in Luton, Kadam plays a local and regional role in supporting classes, workshops and performances and providing artist development in  conjunction with the Hat Factory.

Kadam publish Pulse: the leading magazine for South Asian dance and music with a global outlook. In addition Kadam runs the only national choreography course for South Asian dancers- Unlocking Creativity.

The nation’s biggest dance festival comes to Luton’s biggest cultural festival Saturday 7th July 12-3pm Market Hill and 5-6 pm Wardown Park
03 July 2012
Big Dance is the bi-annual celebration of dance for all, and in 2012, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. To tie-in with this milestone Kadam have organised a feast of dance at the Love Luton Festival weekend. On 7th July two stages will host the most diverse and exciting dance acts and workshops by Luton-based and national artists, schools and community groups.

At Market Hill (oposite Debenham) between 12-3pm look out for: ISH Dance (bollywood/street), Capoeira Unio (capoeira), Prashanti and students (bharatanatyam); Louis Lettman (salsa), Urbanism (hip-hop); dance groups from Active Luton, Chantry Primary, All Saints Academy, Sharnbrook and Denbigh High PLUS MORE

New Commission Entrada by Two-Thirds Sky and Shane Shambhu - 2.45pm

A dance collaboration between acclaimed contemporary company Two-Thirds Sky with award wining dancer/actor Shane Shambhu in a piece about arrivals, introductions and confounding expectations.

At Wardown Park 5-6pm

Look out school groups from St Martin de Porres, Hillcrest, Urbanism, Two Thirds Sky, Shane Shambhu and kathak wizard Akash Odedra.

Bedfordshire Schools Dance Jam Wednesday 11 July University of Bedfordshire Theatre, Polehill Ave, Bedford MK41 9EA School groups from across Bedfordshire come together to share their dance on a professional stage. Box Office 0800 3285334 www.beds.ac.uk/theatre

Thursday12 July Time Gentlemen Please-The Demon Barbers The UK's No 1 folk and hip-hop dance extravaganza stops off on it's tour of the Eatern region. The UK's oldest dance forms are brought up to date as they collide with some of the youngest in a fast paced show. Tickets: £5 and £3 Box Office 01582 547474 01582 878100 www.lutonlibrarytheatre.com
Big Dance in Bedfordshire
16 March 2012
Kadam along with local partners (University of Bedfordshire, Luton Culture and UKCCA) will be co-ordinating an exciting array of dance activities to mark Big Dance 2012 – a national celebration of dance for all. Big Dance week is the 7th - 15th of July and will coincide with the Love Luton Festival weekend on 6th – 8th July.
The activities will include workshops at schools, dance taster days, The Big Dance Stage action-packed with professional dancers and community groups, a Schools Jam, a Folk Fusion project and much, much more… To get involved with Big Dance opportunities in Bedfordshire email katie@pulseconnects.com. To find out about Big Dance 2012 nationwide go to www.bigdance2012.com and register for East England to get up to date news on Big Dance in the Eastern region.
Divya Kasturi - NowHere: 23 February 2012, 7.30pm
07 February 2012
Kadam presents Divya Kasturi’s contemporary South Asian dance production at the Hat Factory, Luton.
Kadam presents Divya Kasturi’s contemporary South Asian dance production at the Hat Factory, Luton. NowHere involves two emotionally charged performances, challenging the notion of living and belonging ‘inbetween’. It tests a dancer’s boundaries within the classical, traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Using dance, music, rhythm, vocals and visual elements, NowHere articulates two sensibilities of ‘nowhere’ and ‘now here’. Exploiting a solid technique of the two most popular South Asian classical dance styles of Bharatanatyam and Kathak, Indian classical music, combined with theatrical experience of working with Complicite, Divya Kasturi presents NowHere, an intricately carved and designed contemporary South Asian dance production with artistic collaboration at various levels promising a visually stunning choreography. Box office: 01582 878100 / Book online: www.thehatfactory.org.
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