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Rudra to tour Yorkshire

Indian mythology collides with contemporary dance and indo-bass, beats and electronica.


A new re-imagination of the mythological tale of Shiva and Kama, told through contemporary kathak dance and Indo-bass, beats and electronica, Rudra begins its spring tour at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 20 March 2014.

Produced by Dewsbury based Manasamitra, Rudra is a stunning new collaboration between contemporary kathak choreographer Sonia Sabri and composer Shri Sriram, who is best known as one half of electro acoustic duo Badmarsh & Shri.

Rudra reverberates through the universe… a powerful force in the shape of Shiva that destroys evil and restores stability. Echoing the cycle of peace, disturbance, love and lament, this emotive work is speckled with play, vigour and despair set against an arresting musical score.

Performed by dancers Nikki Bakolis, Lucy Haighton, Alys North and Jyoti Uniyal, Rudra features an electric fusion of bold emotions, all played out in front of set designer Hannah Sibai’s brightly woven skeletal structures.

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This new tour follows an exhilarating opening performance at York Minster last autumn and is part of a three year project supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme.

Supriya Nagarajan, Artistic Director of Manasamitra says, “After a fantastic premiere at York Minster last year, Rudra is now ready for the road. Manasamitra brings traditional Indian cultures to new audiences through contemporary collaborations and Rudra is the exciting embodiment of this philosophy.”

Manasamitra creates exciting and innovative arts experiences rooted in India and inspired by contemporary society and artistic practice. Throughout its 7 year history Manasamitra has worked to fuse together Eastern and Western traditions, transforming spaces through the arts by working with practitioners, participants and audiences for a unique shared experience.

Rudra opens at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 20th March at 7:30pm. Tickets begin at £12 with concessions. Book online at or call the box office on 01522 837 600. The show will then transfer to Helmsely Arts Centre, Lawrence Batley Theatre and The Stanley & Saudrey Burton Theatre on 5th April, 10th April and 13th April respectively.

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