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  • Kala Sangam hosts world premiere of new work which shares stories from women of the north created by Company of Others

    Company of Others will premiere their new work, Crackle. Dust. at Kala Sangam on Saturday 13 April at 7.30pm. Made in collaboration with women from the North, Crackle. Dust. is a poetic unveiling of women’s resilience, a call to action and a sharing of power. Featuring a diverse ensemble of seven female performers, Crackle. Dust. uses dance, music and spoken word to share the experiences of women.

    To create Crackle. Dust. Artistic Director of Company of Others, Nadia Iftkhar collected the stories of women from across the North. The initial call out invited women to share their stories of endings – the end of a journey, a career, a love affair, a childhood, an era, a friendship or a struggle. The resulting work is an ode to the strength, power and empathy of women.

    Nadia Iftkhar, Artistic Director of Company of Others said “Crackle. Dust. reminds us of our shared experiences as women whilst opening up our world to understand those who have stories that feel worlds away from our own history. I hope the audience will feel a greater connection to each other through hearing these experiences together and will leave with a sense of pride in the resilience of the women they are and the women they know.

    The stories we have received range from fleeing southern Nigeria to save a daughter from FGM, leaving an abusive marriage after 20 years to finding a new life at 73 as a singer in a band. They are joyful, traumatic, triumphant and heartbreakingly sad. You’ll hear some of the women’s voices in the show and the performers are close to the audience so you can really see the smallest movement and hear their quietest whispers, it felt important to create a show you can feel close to, that you can feel you are with the performers and the women, together.”

    Alex Croft, Creative Director of Kala Sangam said, “As part of our British Diversity strand of programming we’re always looking for authentic ways to bring the stories and experiences of communities from the North to our stage here at Kala Sangam. We’re so proud to have supported Company of Others, alongside our friends at Gem Arts, to develop this ground-breaking new work. I’m delighted audiences in Bradford will get a chance to see it here first!”

    Kala Sangam – Bradford’s intercultural Arts Centre – is the perfect setting for audiences new to dance. This spring, Kala Sangam introduced a new ‘Pay What You Decide’ pricing structure for most events. Under the new system, tickets can be booked in advance as usual but audiences don’t pay until they have seen the show. This allows people to not only pay what they can afford, but also decide on a price based on their experiences of a show.

    Tickets for Crackle. Dust. are now on sale, to book visit www.kalasangam.org or call the Box Office on 01274 303340.

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