Performance running time: 60 minutes
Suitable for all ages
Created and choreographed by Urja Desai Thakore
Kattam Katti transports you to Uttarayan, the world-famous festival in Gujurat, North India where millions of people from different cities, religions and social classes come together to fly kites in a unique event marking the transition from winter into spring. Tales of competition, danger, excitement and unity are vividly brought to life in a joyous and uplifting show.
Tapping into the competitive chaos, creativity and colour of the event, Pagrav Dance Company brings to life stories with enchanting lyricism, exquisite technique and strong drama. Founded by acclaimed dancer, choreographer and teacher Urja Desai Thakore (recently BBC Young Dancer choreographer), the company creates work rooted in classical Indian Kathak styles fused with contemporary storytelling and design.
Created and performed by a new generation of British dancers of Indian heritage and accomplished musicians playing specially composed music live, the company brings to life the excitement of Uttarayan with lyricism, drama and exquisite technique. We are invited into the highs and lows, loves and losses of the festival and ultimately of our connections with each other, drawing parallels with universal themes of society’s inequalities.
‘Combines the modern with the traditional… producing dance that is both powerfully evocative, yet frankly relevant.’ PULSE REVIEW (on Hats)
Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells. Funded by Arts Council England and Milton Keynes Council with partners MK Gallery, Creative Folkestone, University of Bedfordshire, Akademi, SouthEast Dance, SAA Arts UK and GemArts.
‘a striking and exquisite work, Kattam Katti is the antidote we all need in the current climate’ Maya Pinder, The Insanity in Dancing on an early sharing