Sahasa is a brave encounter with the self and the other in an evolving yet conflicted modern world of value and equal rights. This dance and live music piece is the beginning of a unique international collaboration of three female artists from Birmingham and Bangladesh through a three year project Transforming Narratives. 

Sonia Sabri Company and Shadhona are two internationally renowned arts organisations from UK and Bangladesh. They come together for the first time in pursuit of discovering a breath-taking dance and music creation. The artists include dance artists Sonia Sabri and Arthy Ahmed, vocalist Sanchita Pal and composer and tabla maestro Sarvar Sabri.

Sahasa weaves a web of curiosity and debate through bold South Asian inspired dance and soulful music of Bangladesh in response to research conducted with women in Birmingham and Dhaka around personal aspirations and challenges within a framework of societal, political and cultural demands. 

There will be a chance to speak with the artists directly about the research, concept and creation as part of the rehearsal and sharing. The company welcomes your response to support the creative team along the journey of developing the work further.

The event will comprise a performance of Kathak and Bharatanatyam by Sonia and Arthy, research piece Sahasa followed by a Q&A.

Friday 28 February at 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Open Rehearsal  

There is an opportunity to see Sahasa in its creation phase as part of an open rehearsal on Friday 28th February from 2.30pm - 4.30pm.

Free drop in event, in the Round Room.

Saturday 29 February at 12noon and 2pm

Sharing and Q&A

Sharing is the presentation of work created during a research and development period. It is the showcasing of an idea/ concept - so not a finished or polished complete work but a near ready piece and to inform it’s final development requires the audience feedback on what is presented to them. 

This is a unique and brave initiative by the artists to allow audiences to experience a work and offer their thoughts and suggestions to support the concept. It is all so common for artists to work in isolation, in closed off spaces/ studios and only reveal the final product at the end of the creative process. Here in this scenario we the artists wish for audiences of all walks of life to respond to the creative process.

The sharing event and Q&A takes place at 12noon-1pm and 2pm-3pm on Saturday 29th February. 

Free event, in the Gas Hall. 

Pre-booking is recommended. Book tickets online or phone 0121 348 8263 (lines open  Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm).


This project is part of Transforming Narratives, a ground-breaking project to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary Pakistani and Bangladeshi arts, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is supported by Arts Council England and delivered in association with The British Council.

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