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World Premiere of YAATRA by Jaivant Patel at Kala Sangam, Bradford

YAATRAAward Winning Dance Artist Jaivant Patel performs at Kala Sangam with a Captivating New Show of Classical Indian and Contemporary Dance

Jaivant Patel premieres his new show YAATRA to Kala Sangam on Thursday 2 May at 7.30pm.

Taking its title from the Sanskrit for a journey or pilgrimage, YAATRA is a celebration of the overlap between two cultures. Blending Kathak and Contemporary dance, YAATRA is rooted in Jaivant’s experiences as a gay man of different cultures.

Offering fresh perspectives on South Asian LGBTQ+ narratives, particularly those around faith and spirituality, the show explores how we can pay tribute to the traditions and heritage of one culture while living in another and uncovers the untold stories within both.

Jaivant Patel is an award winning dance artist, choreographer and creative producer. His work focuses on the complexities surrounding British-Asian identity, particularly perceptions and stereotypes.

Jaivant Patel, Artistic Director of Jaivant Patel Dance said, “We are really excited to be kick-starting the tour of YAATRA at Kala Sangam, a venue known for it’s valuable engagement and outreach in developing audiences from diverse communities. It’s a brilliant location to be premiering a production that seeks to explore and ask relevant questions about important contemporary issues, coming from the fresh perspective of the South Asian LGBTQ+ community.”

Alex Croft, Creative Director of Kala Sangam said “Jaivant is one of the most exciting South Asian artists in the UK currently, so to be able to bring the World Premiere of YAATRA to Bradford as part of our South Asia Now strand is a real privilege. As well as being a stunning showcase of classical and contemporary dance, the themes of this performance are going to resonate with many of our audiences – I can’t wait to see see the positive impact I’m sure it’s going to have.”

YAATRA is presented in partnership with Gem Arts.

The event also includes a post-show discussion, where audiences will have the opportunity to ask any burning questions they might have with Jaivant Patel.

Kala Sangam – Bradford’s intercultural Arts Centre – is the perfect setting for audiences new to dance. This spring, Kala Sangam introduced a new ‘Pay What You Decide’ pricing structure for most events. Under the new system, tickets can be booked in advance as usual but audiences don’t pay until they have seen the show. This allows people to not only pay what they can afford, but also decide on a price based on their experiences of a show.

Tickets for YAATRA are now on sale, to book visit http://www.kalasangam.org or call the Box Office on 01274 303340.

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