Internationally renowned and awarding winning choreographer, Sabri presents a new solo digital-dance collaboration with postdigital arts organisation Ludic Rooms. Exploding the concept of contemporary dance, Sabri creates her own individual dance language inspired by Kathak to reflect the unique diversity of modern Britain and examine poignant issues of the day. Edgy, energetic and empowering, Virago blends the grace and vigour of Kathak with urban motifs, powerful projections and mesmerizing movement to explore the complexity of identity.
Based in Birmingham and established in 2003 SSCo is a dynamic company which has established an international reputation for presenting Kathak dance in a contemporary context. Having begun 11 years of Kathak training in classes at mac as a youngster, Sonia later when on to train at a Birmingham School of Acting and Drama and LAMDA and has toured extensively with Sonia Sabri Company as well as collaborating with numerous high profile and respected choreographers, companies and directors including Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyashingh and more recently Sir Trevor Nunn on the New Wolsey production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Virago is vibrant, compelling, brave and dynamic. Using multiple layers of sound, light and image manipulation, Virgao explores the light vs dark and the real vs fairytale versions of existence, teasing the audience with perceptions and misconceptions of the woman, gender and human identity.
Virago means ‘female warrior’ in Latin and Vira is ‘the brave one’ in Hindi. A Virago is a woman of great stature, strength, courage. The show explores the choices and decisions we must make in life regardless of gender: there is no clear path to do the right thing, only options, and not all are easy.
Sonia’s powerful, poetic and emotive dance language embraces styles from across the globe and a stunning sound-score cleverly combines spoken word with music from rich and diverse influences. Sonia Sabri Company interviewed over 40 women in researching the show and use their quotes as part of the sound track, producing a cacophony of voices from Europe, Middle East, South Asia and Africa, representing and speaking to women worldwide, but appealing to all humanity, regardless of gender and culture.
Virago is uncompromising, thought provoking and inspiring, challenging our perceptions of identity and gender to encourage respect, acceptance and understanding of all humanity, regardless of religion, age, culture or ethnicity.
Virago will be performed at The Old Rep. Further details and tickets here