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Breaking Ground

Date: JUNE 2019 - MARCH 2020

Artistic Director Sonia’s family’s migration story

Genre: Dance

‘Breaking ground’ is based on Artistic Director Sonia’s family’s migration story.

Tracing her grandmother’s move from her motherland Gujarat (India) to the fertile lands of Kenya in the 1940s, and culminating with Sonia’s own journey to the UK decades later. 

Using innovative Kathak dance, metaphorical poetry and a specially commissioned music score, the show unpacks the highly-relevant emotional conflicts that arise from multicultural identity. It explores how we experience the world through the lens of our personal, accumulated “cultural baggage”. As more layers get added to this baggage, does it get harder to find ourselves within it all?

In keeping with our Company ethos. ‘Breaking Ground’ is a show for all ages, and one for different generations to watch together. It is likely to appeal to audiences across cultures, and those interested in issues around the impact of migration on culture and identity.

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Breaking Ground by Sona Lisa Dance Company

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24 June: Workshop at King Edward School, Birmingham

1 July: Workshop & sharing at Rushey Mead School, Leicester

13 July: Sharing at ‘Introducing…. 2019″ by Birmingham Dance Network

29 July: Kathak workshop at Balaji Temple, Birmingham

23 August: Sharing at Atternborough Arts Centre, Leicester

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16 September: Week long Artsdepot residency

30 November: Breaking Ground premiere at MAC Foyle Studio, Birmingham


27 February: Performance as part of solo triple bill “Untagged”, OFS Theatre, Oxford

14 March: Performance as part of solo triple bill in Mombasa, Kenya

15 March: Performance as part of solo triple bill in Nairobi, Kenya

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Cast, Crew and Creative Team

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