Cirque Bijou and Sonia Sabri company worked with young dancers from Nupur Arts Dance Academy to create a performance combining Kathak dance styles and LED umbrellas.

Nupur Arts, who are based at Leicester Curve, commissioned the performance for Leicester’s Diwali celebrations in November 2016. The resulting beautiful piece has huge potential for future development.

Our Umbrella Project – colourfully lit umbrellas – have been used in group choreographies in shows like the Wilderness Spectacle, Gravity Fields Festival and Bristol Green Capital 2015 launch, as well as parades and processions in communities at festivals and events like Freedom Festival Hull, Lakes Alive and Bestival. Combining the atmospheric qualities of the umbrellas with South Asian dance was a first for us and an inspiration that we hope to continue through future collaboration with these partners. Watch this space!


Photo courtesy of Nupur Art Dance Academy