Three dancers dressed in blue gesture towards the left side of the image. Their hands perform mudras and they are surrounded by bamboo poles and green netting
Past Event

A Weekend Without Walls: Pravaas

Sat 27 - Sun 28 May 2023

A promenade performance inspired by the climate migration of people from the Sundarbans across India and Bangladesh.

Performances on Sun 28 May will be Audio Described and include a Touch Tour. The performance is free but headsets for the Audio Description must be pre-booked. 

Click here to book headsets for Sun 28 at 1.45pm

Click here to book headsets for Sun 28 at 4.30pm

Sundarbans is the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest supporting approximately 4.37 million people. Due to climate change and rising sea levels, islands and homes are disappearing and the local’s way of life and making a living is under serious threat.

Pravaas invites the audience to follow an evocative experience of migration. Through this promenade performance, you will witness the lyricism, fluidity and symmetry of ancient South Asian dance forms, rooted in rhythm and gestures (mudras) and uplifting song.

The performers will move to express the pain, suffering, resourcefulness, spirit and hope within these communities, conveying real life stories of migration enforced due to climate change. As the landscapes shift and homes are destroyed, people continue to journey and to create.

Join Pravaas to help rebuild dwellings, forge communities, keep moving and discover a shared fluctuating environment from which to enjoy the dance and music and connect to these powerful migrant stories. 

Pravaas is presented by Akademi, has been supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Brighton Festival. Supported by 101 Creation Space and through public funding by Arts Council England. With thanks to Inside Out Dorset. The R&D for Pravaas was supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund.

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