Westminster Hall has been transformed in preparation for a unique dance performance taking place there later today. As part of Arts in Parliament, Akademi, the UK’s leading South Asian dance organisation, will be giving two unique performances in the historic space over the summer, the first of which takes place this evening at 6.30pm.
Today’s performance – Maaya – projects the aesthetic values of contemporary Indian culture. The audience will be taken on a creative journey encompassing the richness of a vivid sensory experience. Having immersed the audience for 20 minutes in this magical dream-like experience, the show then culminates with an exclusive finale performed by eminent Indian dancer Priyadarsini Govind.
Unfortunately, Maaya is now fully booked. However, free tickets are still available for the second of Akademi’s performances, which will take place in Westminster Hall on 10 August. This new work will involve participants from community organisations across London and the UK.
Akademi’s performances comprise just one element of a series of unique exhibitions and performances taking place this summer as part of Arts in Parliament. The programme includes the nationwide Somewhereto_ project, with whom an earlier collaboration resulted in four young street dancers filming a short clip for Channel 4 in Westminster Hall. On 7 August, the Hall will again provide the venue for an array of talented young dancers, street artists, singers, spoken word artists and free-runners from across the country. This and all Arts in Parliament events are free and open to all.