A series of workshops took place in late September, both in the BCP region – in partnership with Bournemouth & Poole College and Pavilion Dance South West – and in Hampshire in partnership with Anvil Arts, Basingstoke.
Care home residents, sixth form students, and community dance groups had the chance to try their hand at the intricate Bharatanatyam dance form, alongside the star choreographer Seeta Patel and dancers.
Seeta’s Bharatanatyam interpretation of The Rite of Spring, which unites with the full might of the BSO under the baton of Kirill Karabits, was described by The Stage as “a Rite to remember”, marrying Indian classical dance with western classical music. After critically acclaimed performances at Sadler’s Wells in London this spring, The Daily Telegraph declared it: “a fascinating blending of East and West classical tradition, with beauty and surprises everywhere.”
Ahead of performances in Poole and Basingstoke, Seeta Patel said: “I’m excited to be returning to the region — with Seeta Patel Dance — in November when we reunite with the full Orchestra and Kirill Karabits to present The Rite of Spring once more.”