Fresh Friday with Seeta Patel
9th May 2022
Last week we were delighted to welcome Seeta Patel, who has recently worked closely with our BBC Young Dancer finalists, to host a Fresh Friday workshop.
Born in London, Seeta has worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals and toured with a number of companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Gandini Juggling, David Hughes Dance Company and Mavin Khoo Dance. She has produced and presented solo and ensemble works at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room, Royal Opera House: ROH2 and Sadler’s Wells to sold out audiences.
In tandem with her choreographic and performing work she has worked in film, TV and theatre, including producing a multi award-winning short dance film, The Art of Defining Me in 2013, which gained national and international acclaim. She was a judge, mentor and advisor for the inaugural BBC Young Dancer Competition, and in 2016 choreographed a new play at the Theatre Royal Stratford East called The House of In Between. Her work, Not Today’s Yesterday (collaboration with Australian choreographer Lina Limosani), is a one-woman show taking a dramatic look at the whitewashing of history. The show premiered successfully at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2018) where it won Best Dance and the Peace Foundation Award. It toured the UK, India, Italy and Australia (2018/19/20) including the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the British Council showcase. Most recently Seeta created a Bharatanatyam version of the iconic ballet, The Rite of Spring , which toured the UK in 2019 and will be expanded in 2022/23 when it will be performed at Sadler’s Wells with an extended cast and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Kiril Karabits).
Seeta describes “My workshop will be a combination of some of the core aspects of Bharatanatyam like rhythms, relationship between upper and lower body, dynamics, focus and gesture, and the applying this facets to more creative tasks using text, narrative and music.”
Photographer: Berkeley White