Get ready for Bollywood dance and music with The Bollywood Trip this December

Dive into a world of drama and mayhem with The Bollywood Trip, here from 12 – 18 December at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Direct from its Copenhagen premiere with five star reviews, The Bollywood Trip hits London with a bang. East meets West as an international cast of actors, dancers and musicians present this tragi-comedy by Republique, one of Denmark’s most acclaimed theatre companies.

Get ready for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Bollywood! And here are some translated five star reviews to wet your appetite!

“Republique especially concentrates on a modern interpretation of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” this autumn: The performance “The Bollywood Trip” spiced up with lots of Bollywood dance by the prominent Indian kathak choreographer, Gauri Sharma Tripathi.

Bollywood movies are a media for normal people to escape from reality. For instance if you are driving a rickshaw in India and working for 15 hours a day it’s a relief to go to the cinema and indulge in a Bollywood movie that use the whole gamut of emotions. The dancing in the movies is not just movements but has a long tradition, and the feelings are the backbone of Bollywood. And so they will be in The Bollywood Trip,” says Indian Gauri Sharma Tripathi and emphasises that it’s important to understand the great impact of Bollywood movies in India and that the singing and dancing scenes are the most important elements of the movies.

She is the leading modern kathak choreographer of international theatre. With London as her base for the last 14 years she has worked closely together with the British dance star Akram Khan and created amazing kathak solos in several of his work, inclusive “Gnosis” which was shown her in Denmark last year.

(The show) characterises kathak and Bollywood dance that the rhythm of the feet is very complex.    

Kathak is one of the classic dances that are done standing with your body straight. It’s a very flexible dance that can be formed according to the circumstances. For instance you can exclude the rhythms of the feet and say it with your voice instead and you can use many different fragments from kathak in Bollywood dance.

(For The Bollywood Trip) the dance is an incorporated part of the whole performance. However, the four dancers in the performance, who come from India and London and are professional kathak dancers like Gauri, will make sure we get some pure, sparkling and happy dance scenes.    

 Kathak is after all a dance that was traditionally used for storytelling and we will try to incorporate really hard core kathak movements in the story. But all dancers are also very skilled at many other dance expressions like Indian folk and chhau dance. We will try to make the story move through the dance. But movements are not enough by itself. You also need a strong presence on stage. Both mime and gestures are important elements of the kathak as well as the Bollywood dance. The hands can tell a whole story but the posture of the head, the face and the eyes are also very important. Eyes talk and communicate a lot. It’s possible to have one scene with only the eyes dancing.

(Berlingske, 6/9-11 *****)

“The Indian-British choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi created a whirling choreography placed between catwalk and kathak dance that forces the audience to give in to this ‘License to Dance’…the aesthetics of The Bollywood Trip is foremost the one of the theatre concert – with cool images of dancers waving their long, black hair down the stage slope.” (Information, 09.10.2011)


Dance Like The Greats

WHEN we say ‘outstanding dancers,’ a montage of revolutionary movers rushes through your head. You smile as the floodgates of your imagination open, allowing you to reminisce on every flip, tap and turn they’ve graced us.  But what makes those people so special?

It could be studying the dance moves of others and revolutionising them as their own, much like what Michael Jackson did to create his distinctive moonwalk.

Perhaps it’s the ability to take a dance known by so few and make it a global phenomenon, as we’ve seen by way of MC Hammer’s funk-a-de-lick, vibrant , infectious ‘Can’t Touch This’.

Or maybe it’s precision and eloquence of traditional Bollywood dances complimenting Oscar Winning films and  bringing a style and culture to virtually every demographic, as has been demonstrated by the dance routine for ‘Jai Ho’ of Slumdog Millionaire.

Possibly, it’s the controversy and ‘breaching the boxes of society’ brought about by dancers like Madonna. Maybe it’s the celebration of curves and black beauty reinforced by Beyonce’s ‘Let your hair down and shake your booty’ routines, particularly in her ‘Single Ladies’ video.

Is it the idea of unity and energy bought by dance groups like Diversity and Beaux Belle?  Or perhaps the hopes for the future symbolised by young dancers like Akai?

Whether it’s one or all of these points, it’s good to know that the potential for you to be a pioneer is in reach.

For the chance of your moves being part of a routine choreographed by Artistic Director of Protein Dance, Luca Silvestrini, record and upload your moves to Dance Atlas

Here’s to those who did more than electric slide their way to the top. Hopefully the next one on this list will be you.