In January 2022 we announced our first Associate Companies – Company of Others, Jaivant Patel Dance and Mobius Dance.
These three diverse emerging companies create innovative and exciting dance and performance work across a spectrum of styles, and their position as Associate Companies will see each of them returning regularly to Kala Sangam to create, engage communities and present work.
Recognising the need to provide more than just financial support to help create change and diversify the arts sector, we will work with the Associate Companies in a more holistic way. As well as a commitment to programming their work, practical support in the form of regular rehearsal space, organisational development support and the opportunity to access training opportunities will be provided to each company. The companies will also be given space and support to build relationships with each other as well as other creatives and organisations across Bradford district.
North East based Company of Others, led by Artistic Director Nadia Iftkhar, specialises in the co-creation of dance theatre work with people who have experience of being ‘othered’. Crackle.Dust, a powerful piece, sharing stories from women across the North premiered at Kala Sangam in 2019 and recent project Grief Floats has seen them create a piece in the North Sea which honours and witnesses global grief.
Jaivant Patel Co is an award-winning South Asian Arts organisation rooted in Wolverhampton and is currently one of the leading voices in amplifying Queer South Asian narratives on the UK cultural landscape and dance scene.
Jaivant Patel Co artistic drive lies in the JOYFUL, REIMAGINING of BOLD human stories. The interweaving, assimilation and blending of Kathak and contemporary dance, inform the urgency in creation of universal work, that reimagines pertinent global intercultural narratives and celebrates the intersectionality of modern lived experiences.
Mobius Dance is an award-winning contemporary dance company based in Bradford and Leeds. Artistic Director Gianluca Vincentini’s mission is to produce work and unique dance opportunities that inspire the public to watch, act, or participate. Central to creating these opportunities is the focus on making dance inclusive, diverse and accessible to all. We collaborate with artists that reflect the world we live in – it is for them to tell their story, challenging the audience perception, whilst also entertaining.
Ensuring that we break down barriers that might stop people achieving their dreams and artistic potential is vital.