Shringara: A Journey of Desire

2009 to 2011

Premiered at the Clore Studio: Upstairs, Royal Opera House June 2009


British born Seeta Patel is one of the most exciting talents in the British Asian dance scene. As a student of Mavin Khoo and, among others, his guru the world-renowned Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman, she has already made an impression with UK audiences creating roles with companies including Mavin Khoo Dance.

This is a much-anticipated UK tour of this classical soloist within the tradition of Bharatanatyam - one of India's rich and now most popular dance forms.

Seeta guides is through a fantasy world of the 'sacred female' and explores the complex nuances of desire. Through 18th century musical scores the dancer challenges our perception of time, defining herself as a contemporary 'instrument' that channels the love poems of the past, making them live in the present.

Shringara: A Journey of Desire was premiered at the Royal Opera House, London (2009) to a sold-out audience. With lead vocals by the inspirational Pushkala Gopal and choreography by Mavin Khoo, this is a beautifully accomplished work.

UK tour dates:

Arnolfini, Bristol 2nd October
Pavillion Dance, Bournemouth 7th November
mac, Birmingham 12th November

Greenroom, Manchester 1st April, 8pm
Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham 2nd April, 8pm
Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth 3rd April, 3pm

Shringara: Journey of Desire
Shringara: Journey of Desire
Mavin Khoo
Seeta Patel
Pushkala Gopal