Akademi presents APOTHEOSIS: Indian classical dance at the British Museum


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Presented in collaboration with Akademi & The Motion Dance Collective, this spellbinding performance took place in the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of the British Museum on the evening 15 November 2019 to a live audience of over 1000 audience members. Devised in response to the Museum’s South Asia collection, it brought the objects to life and charged them with the life-force they were created to hold.

Following the galleries prolonged closure since March 2020, we are premiering this video to celebrate South Asia Heritage Month 2021. We hope you enjoy.


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Consultant Director: Divya Kasturi

Dancers: Archita Kumar, Odissi Ensemble (Elena Catalano, Kavita Kaur and Maryam Shakiba), Upahaar School of Dance (Daniella Zak Zara Varghese and Piya Verma), Payal Ramchandani and Suhani Dhanki.

Akademi 40th anniversary Producer: Nina Head

Film: James Williams

Thumbnail photo: Vipul Sangoi

Supported by Arts Council England and The British Museum

Special thanks to: Richard Blurton, Sushma Jansari and Freddie Matthews from the British Museum


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