Shobana Jeyasingh celebrated in the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Last night Shobana Jeyasingh presented a beautiful collection of excerpts from her work over the years. Punctuated by conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the evening was a great introduction for newcomers to Jeyasingh’s work, and a nice look back for her existing fans. There was even a guest appearance by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Shlomo.

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Alchemy Bloggers – Go Go Go!!!

The Alchemy Festival began on Friday, with some fantastic music, dance, debate and fashion. Over the 11 days of the festival there’ll be a brilliant group of Alchemists seeing and blogging about Alchemy. They are writers, dancers, photographers and artists from around the UK, India & South Asia. So here they are!

Charlotte Emily is an artist and explorer who dabbles in performance, photography, writing and child-like doodles. She is particularly inspired by storytelling and moments in everyday life. iamcharlotteemily.tumblr.com

Nathalia Mello is a Brazilian performance practitioner, living and working in the UK, London. She artist graduated in Theatre Direction by the Rio De Janeiro Federal University (2007) and master of Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance, graduated at Trinity Laban. Her current research explores territories marked by water and soil. ‘Abscene: A young female from the Tupinimos tribe from Water Which Hides Itself, says I do today’ is the performance of theatricality and politics of self-representing, being currently developed since May 2010.

Krupa Vekaria is a 2nd year LLB Law and German student at the University of Warwick. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, reading and undoubtedly shopping! Her favourite cuisine besides Indian is Mexican and one item she needs with her all the time is my iPOD!

Hannah Anderson-Ricketts began training at Lewisham College she is now a student at London Contemporary Dance School. Hannah has worked with Katie Pearson, Sean Graham Dance Theatre, Vocab Dance Company, Uchenna Dance Company and Arthur Pita. She is currently a member of Just Us Dance Theatre.

Sumitra Upham is an aspiring curator and writer who seeks to commission, develop and manage creative projects with a focus on exploring new sites of practice for curating within new media and performance. In doing so, she seeks to use her curatorial practice as a tool of communication to provoke and encourage current debate and engaging with new audiences. At present, she is undertaking her masters in Curating Contemporary Design in partnership with Kingston University and The Design Museum London, whilst freelancing as project assistant for Art on The Underground.

Puja Mistry is 18 years old and currently on a gap year before studying medicine at university next year. This is her first time blogging, and she hopes to explore interests outside of her studies. Puja’s main intersts are dance, Taekwondo photography.

Myrto Williams is an Illustrator based in London. After graduating from Camberwell in the summer of 2010, she is now working on participation projects with the British Museum and The October Gallery. She is also collaborating with poets and musicians.

Camelia Muldermans is a London-based writer and creative facilitator, with a particular interest in informal education, poetry and responsible journalism. She is intent on promoting a positive image of youth in the media, giving young people a voice and raising their aspirations. Published work includes: The Big Issue, The Independent, Positive News, and Cent Magazine.

Aminah B is a London based creative having graduated in Architecture from the Bartlett school of Architecture, University College London. Aminah’s passion is landscape oil paintings, etchings, rotring pens, moleskines, photography and travel. Also further exploring and focusing on contemporary and traditional Islamic Art and Architecture which she hopes to do her masters in. In her spare time she helps charities working in developing countries designing prefabricated structures and local community housing.