Thursday, 26 February 2009

Performance from Roberto Oliván's workshop




Thursday, 19 February 2009

Contemporary Approach to INDIAN DANCE 'Bharata Natyam'

Intensive Weekend With SEETA PATEL
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February 2009 - 12-3pm
Race and Rhythm Studios
Tufnell Park station (Northern Line)
London, United Kingdom

Bookings in advance are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Two days intensive workshop weekend with Seeta Patel who will introduce the main elements of Bharata Natyam Dance into Contemporary Dance. The workshops will include technique, movement development and sharing talks.

Seeta Patel Dancer & Choreographer
Born in London, Seeta began training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna in 1990 and has since worked with a range of Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance professionals including Mavin Khoo, Professor C.V. Chandrashekar, Chitraleka Bolar, Pushkala Gopal, Liz Lea and Darshan Singh Bhuller. She has toured with Kiran Ratna's company (UK) and the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (Canada and America).

Seeta joined Mavin Khoo Dance as a founder member for Parallel Passions in 2003. She continued with the company in its production Chandra Luna (2005). Seeta has also performed as a company member for Nina Rajarani's Shristi (UK tour) and Angika (Europe), as well as working for Liz Lea.

Seeta received Arts Council England funding to produce a solo show in collaboration with choreographers, a live cellist and digital musician (2005). She was awarded the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship to study dance and vocal percussion in India (2005). Seeta has presented solo work at the Purcell room (Akademi's Daredevas), and Royal Opera House: ROH2 (2005 & 2006) as a part of it's new:currents summer season.

Her recent work After Cut Glass, commissioned by mac (Birmingham) and funded by Arts Council England, featured her own choreography and played at the mac and ArtsDepot (London). She performed the lead role in the multimedia production Find Me Amongst The Black, choreographed by Darshan Singh Bhuller (Purcell Room).

In collaboration with Kamala Devam of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company Seeta created a new choreography for the Royal Opera House (ROH2) entitled Alter Ego. This was also performed at deciBel07, Touch Wood at The Robin Howard Theatre and was short-listed for the no-ballet competition competition in Germany (2008).

She was a core dancer for Akademi's site-specific works Sapnay (2005), Dreaming Now (2007) and Initium (2008). Seeta also continues her classical performance work and teaching.

Seeta teaches Bharata Natyam and creative dance at all levels. She has experience teaching both one-off taster workshops and longer residencies. She has worked with and taught special needs groups, and choreographed a piece on a theatre group with both hearing and non-hearing participants. Seeta has taught for the undergraduate South Asian Dance Degree course at the London Contemporary Dance School, and presented guest lectures to the Masters students at Middlesex University.

Seeta was awarded the danceWEB 2008 scholarship to attend the ImpulsTanz festival in Vienna. She was also supported by Akram Khan Company for her professional development.

As a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher, Seeta endeavours to deliver a high quality of dance and dance education to a wide range of audiences both nationally and internationally. She has been involved in numerous projects that challenge both the classical dance form she has trained in, as well as contemporary themes and narrative.

The constantly growing world of contemporary South Asian Dance is developing as an integral part of the international dance world and Seeta Patel aims to be a part of producing high quality and thought provoking work.

Seeta is Associate Artist with Akademi South Asian Dance and has recently been awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Fund, the Alpha Associate scheme with Swindon Dance and the Kadam Choreography Award.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The Contamination Dance Workshop with Anna Buonomo

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March 2009 - 12-3pm
Race and Rhythm Studios
Tufnell Park station (Northern Line)
London, United Kingdom

Bookings in advance are recommended to avoid disappointment.

The main interest is especially in the movement as simple as it is. The choreographic research starts from the base of all the styles I have learnt during my career (modern, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary) and culminates in a contamination of those. Sometimes it is inspired by everyday gestures, sometimes by things I saw once in my life, sometimes by the intention of recreating something that I have imagined.

The contamination class constists of two parts, the first one is based on contemporary and modern technic, the second one on exploring how from codified steps we can achieve different and "strange" dynamics of the movement.

The Hip Hop class starts with the study of the basic steps and a physical preparation into floor-work to reach a fun LA new-style choreography ..Dancers of all styles and levels are welcome

One day: £20
Both days: £30
No concessions
Book to confirm your place


Anna Buonomo comes from Rome, Italy. She studied ballet since the age of 6 in Naples with international teachers. In 2001 she won a scholarship from International Arts Events for Modern and Hip-Hop classes of Mauro Astolfi (Spellbound Dance Company) at I.A.L.S. Institute in Rome, Italy, where she also studied contemporary dance. She has danced for choreographers such as M. Astolfi, C. Felicioni, M. Garofalo, O. Malatiska, D. Natali. In 2005 she founded her own company, Bricolage Dance Movement, in collaboration with Michela Mucci. In 2008 she moved to London joining NU Tempo Dance Company, Everaldo Pereira, and Vocab Dance Company, Alesandra Seutin.

Dance Video screenings on the 3rd Sunday of every month

Race & Rhythm is organizing an event to screen short dance videos the 3rd Sunday of every month. We are currently asking for participants that wish to show their videos.


  • Videos should be between 3 and 7 minutes long.

  • The video must be a dance art based and not a documentary type, such as one angle shot of a performance.

  • It has to have dance movements performed by dancers from any style of dance.

  • The video is contemporary but must have a link to Spanish culture, as for example a place, an icon, an object typical Spanish, or even dance moves, clothes or music.

  • Videos with music which has copyright restrictions would be discarded. We suggest to use music under Creative Common licenses and name authors.

Deadline for submitting work for the first screening is 3rd May.

First screening date - Sunday 17th May

Monday, 16 February 2009


Sunday 22nd Feb 2009


with Ronnie Scott's players Pablo Domínguez and Rubén Pérez


3.30pm – 7pm

£25, concessions £20


7.30pm – 10.30pm

£6, concessions £5

Musicians playing their instruments £3


Race & Rhythm studios (a.k.a Boston Dome)

2 Dartmouth Park Hill Road, NW5 1TL, London

2 min Tufnell Park station (Northern line)



Tamas Tuzko Photos from 8th Feb 2009 performance

From Roberto Oliván's Workshop Performance 8th February 2009 @ Race & Rhythm studios

Photos by Tamas Tuzko <>

Friday, 6 February 2009

Contemporary Dance Performance from Roberto Olivan's workshop

Dancers who participated in the workshop of Spanish choreographer Roberto Oliván will perform this Sunday/8th/2009 at Race&Rhythm studios in Tufnell Park. 7pm The performance will be accompanied by Jardares por Fuera, a band of live musicians who have been working together in the creative process along with the dancers and Roberto during the week. Entrance is free and a bar will be open for the performance.
Race & Rhythm studios (a.k.a. The Dome)
7pm Sunday 8th 2 Dartmouth Park Hill Rd Tufnell Park (2 min from station)