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Balbir Singh Dance Company recruiting in Yorkshire

Job: General Manager, application deadline: 24 February

Balbir Singh Dance Company (BSDC) specialises in a unique and dynamic synthesis of classical Indian Kathak, contemporary dance and live music.

Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 (according to experience)

Where:Yorkshire

Application deadline:February 24th 2012

The General Manger is responsible for the daily running of Balbir Singh Dance Company, the implementation of company strategy and the business plan, working closely with all staff and maintaining key relationships with stakeholders and funders.

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in contemporary dance and experience of administration and management, ideally within the arts sector. This is a 1 year full time contract based in Yorkshire.

Job opportunity posted on: Creative Choices. Check for more career opportunities in the creative and cultural industries on their website.

Please see website for further details: www.balbirsinghdance.co.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 5pm, Friday, 24th February 2012

Interviews: w/c 5th March 2012

To receive full details of the role and an application pack, please email [email protected]

About Balbir Singh Dance Company

The emergence of Balbir Singh Dance Company onto the national and international stage comes at a time when our understanding of cultural identities is undergoing profound change at all levels of society and in all realms; the economic, the personal and the social as well as the artistic. This general unraveling of previously accepted categories has led to new forms of expression and new modes of discourse, especially in the arts where practitioners seek to express themselves in ways that reflect the transcultural reality of their experience.

Balbir Singh Dance Company makes a significant contribution to the Arts Council’s mission of ‘Great art for everyone’.

About Balbir Singh

Balbir Singh trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. He went on to learn the principles of Kathak dance under Akram Khan and then Guru Pratap Pawar. Balbir’s work brings together the skills, disciplines and traditions of Kathak with the less constraining possibilities of contemporary dance. Always working with original live music, the work challenges dancers to explore their musicality as well as their physicality.

Balbir Singh’s own personal history mirrors the changes in cultural identity which his work explores. Growing up as a British boy in two northern English cities, with almost entirely western cultural influences and models, the young Balbir Singh had little time for his Sikh heritage, and came late to the world of North Indian traditional dance. In fact, Balbir Singh only started to learn about the Kathak tradition as an adult, when asked (no doubt on the basis of the colour of his skin) if he could develop ‘some Indian dance’ for a British dance company. Commentators will search in vain to find in Balbir Singh’s work evidence of England’s famously complex relationship with India. Balbir Singh himself is adamant that his was a cross-cultural upbringing, except in his case the two cultures were Bradford and Leeds. And he pinpoints his move from insular Bradford to cosmopolitan Leeds as being the biggest spur to his eventual creative direction. With this highly individual take on the meaning of cultures it is hardly surprising that the work of Balbir Singh Dance Company is seen as more post-structural than post-colonial. Even the centrality of Kathak in the company’s work stems more from Balbir Singh’s fascination for its numerical systems than from any religious motivation.

 

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