At the core of Settle Stories work is an ambition to celebrate and share local heritage and stories. We've done this through projects such as our recent Tom Twisleton 100 and continue to do this with projects like the Listening Gallery which celebrates our communities stories here in the Yorkshire Dales. Running parallel to this commitment of local stories is our ethos of celebrating stories from other cultures and welcoming people from all corners of the globe to our rural community. At th2 2018 Settle Stories Festival we're particually excited to welcome a new artists, Shrikant Subramaniam and his company. They'll be telling a Bradfordian folktale from the 1300's 'The Boar of Bradford' and interwieving this with South Asian Dance.
Shrikant has been performing , teaching and conducting workshops in Bharatanatyam for over 2 decades. A passionate dancer, he has worked his way through the evolutionary processes from performance to instruction to composition. Shrikant has performed extensively in India, United States, Honkong Great Britain and Australia.
Shrikant is a masters degree holder in south Asian dance studies with a specific focus on the gender studies in dance anthropology from the University of Roehampton in London and an MA degree holder in performing arts from Nalanda Dance Research Centre in India. With his training from the Kalakshetra school of Bharatanatyam from various teachers and English theatre practitioners in the UK Shrikant strives to acquire new structures within the parameters of classical Bharatanatyam vocabulary and aims to create a paradigm of movements drawn from his own personal journey as a global dancer in the world at large.
At present Shrikant resides in the UK and works extensively as a workshop leader with older people with disability, young children and teenagers with learning disabilities and Autism. He also facilitates talks and conferences for artists to discuss collaborative journeys and academic papers. He runs his own dance school called 'SS dance' in West Yorkshire, UK where he imparts training in Bharatanatyam. He also works with ‘Dance exchange’ in Birmingham in the UK to facilitate high standards of Bharatanatyam training to young people between the age of 11 to 18 years of age with contemporary dance techniques and yoga.
He works extensively as a performer in various sectors of dance education in the UK and collaborates with various non South asian artists to voice his passionate feelings on varied contemporary topics around environment, architecture and philosophy. We caught up with him pre his trip to the Settle Stories Festival to find out more about him.
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
A: The fact that i am here in the UK and doing wonderful creative and intercultural work that i have always dreamed off. And to have my family's support all through out my journey as an Artist based in the UK.
Q: What inspires your creativity?
A: A lot of my inspiration for my work comes from my love for flora and fauna. I am very fond of nature and the wonder it brings to life.
Q: Give one piece of advice to your younger self
A: Always go ahead with your conviction , with your calling and give it your best shot.
Q: Who is your artistic idol?
A: Mathew bourne , Rukmini Devi , Pina Bausch to name a few.
Q: What is your key goal with your artistic practice?
A: To bridge communities through this wonderful, magical language of Bharatanatyam and value diversity to a very large extent.
Q: What are the stakes? What happens if you fail?
A: One will try again..... i shall try again.
Q: If you could be any literary character, who would you be and why?
A: Gerald Durell , or Moomin from Moomin books.
Q: What do you want your tombstone to say?
A: Dance begins with one movement but a whole gamut of wondrous feelings emerge when that movement is shared with many.
Shrikant will also be delivering a talk Telling a Story through Dance, an introduction to the ancient classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam.