Classical Indian inspiration

By Claire Gammon, Teacher in Charge of Dance
Dance students recently saw the Shobanah Jeyasingh Dance company. Her work fuses classical Indian dance with western contemporary dance.

Bedales School

It was a performance of two halves; the first featured newly commissioned music from young Indian composer and sound artist Niraj Chag whose credits include Rafta Rafta for The National Theatre and the BAFTA-nominated Simon Schama‘s Power of Art BBC2 series. They also revisited the 1989 collaboration with iconic composer Michael Nyman. “I loved the live performance of Nyman‟s score – it was amazing to hear and see it being played” said staff member, James Thomas. Alex Siantiu (6.2) struggled with the first piece – a discordant abstract score of found sound. “I thought the sound was awful!” said Alex – Well you can‟t please all of the people all of the time!

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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