26 September 2009, The Lindsey Theatre, Cleethorpes
Darshan Singh Bhuller
Constructed by former Phoenix Dance Theatre artistic director Darshan Singh Bhuller, Class is a choreographed demonstration of the Graham technique. Used in company class daily with Phoenix’s dancers, Martha Graham originally created the technique to advance her dancers and their ability to ‘tell stories’, allowing them to extend the vocabulary of movement used within her work. Beginning calm and precise and ending energetic and upbeat, Class is a rarely seen insight into what it takes to be a dancer with Phoenix, all set to a pulsating contemporary score by Dharambir Singh.
Halifax Evening Courier, 2009
As dancer, rehearsal director, choreographer and teacher, his career with London Contemporary Dance Theatre spanned from 1979 to 1994. He was assistant director for Richard Alston Dance Company from 1994 to 1996, and was also a member of the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Darshan has created works for international companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company and Nordic Dance Theatre, and has collaborated with numerous artists, choreographers, musicians and film-makers.
Darshan was artistic director of Phoenix between 2002 and 2006
Dharambir Singh is one of the most prominent North Indian Classical musicians based in U.K and studied Sitar with the late maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. He studied for his MA at the School Of Oriental and African studies at the University of London. Dharambir was the artistic director of SAMYo the first national south Asian music youth orchestra and artistic adviser for Tarang, UK’s first South Asian senior ensemble. He is currently the academic manager for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s (London) BMus in Indian Music and is the recipient of the NESTA fellowship.