13th October 2012

From spiritual devotion to earthly desires, love encompasses a wide spectrum of emotions from bliss to despair and many shades in between.

Odissi is a classical South Asian dance style recognised for its sculptural poses and lyrical articulation of the body. Intricate rhythms and detailed hand gestures join with evocative expression. Combining powerful and vibrant group pieces and reflective and intimate solos, Odissi Ensemble explores the various moods of love from sensual to spiritual, drawing both from ancient narratives and personal insight to give a rich and varied experience.

“What made the performance come alive for me were the high standards the dancers share...the group’s quality is in their equality,” - Donald Hutera, Pulse Magazine

Representing a new generation of Odissi dancers emerging in the UK, Odissi Ensemble combine dedication to the practice of this classical Indian dance form with a modern sensibility. The ensemble draw on their diverse backgrounds to present work with personality and depth, seeking to increase the profile of Odissi in the UK.

Shades of Love premiered at the Hat Factory, Luton, 17th November 2011. With support from the Arts Council Grants for the Arts and Kadam - the East's leading South Asian arts organisation - Odissi Ensemble are touring their company's first production in 2012.

Tickets £8 / £6 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.
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