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Seeta Patel Dance: The Rite of Spring Projection Mapping

Dancers perform on stage

On Tue 19 December we open our 2023/24 Orchestral Season with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits. The programme for the concert will feel like a true celebration, including a world premiere from Mark-Anthony Turnage, Beethoven’s most majestic piano concerto and Stravinsky’s explosive and inspiration ballet, The Rite of Spring.

And as a treat at the beginning of this night of celebratory music, some very special projections will be displayed on the outside of Bristol Beacon. Seeta Patel Dance’s The Rite of Spring will be projected onto our building, giving a unique, vibrant and immersive outdoor experience of Indian dance married with Western classical music, also performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Performed by six dancers, including Seeta Patel herself, the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, with its intricate rhythmic footwork, geometric and dynamic movements and expressive prowess, transforms Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet. Normally seen as a solo dance form, Seeta Patel Dance’s The Rite Of Spring is a rare chance to see contemporary Bharatanatyam performed in an ensemble.

This version was created, filmed and recorded alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra specially to be projected, creating an epic audio and visual experience. Seeta Patel Dance’s The Rite of Spring comes off the stage and on to our building, allowing audiences to experience The Rite of Spring in an entirely immersive yet intimate way.

Make sure you arrive at Bristol Beacon early to catch this audio and visual treat. The projections will start at 6pm and last for approximately 35 minutes.

About Seeta Patel Dance

Seeta Patel Dance contributes something vital, political, beautiful and urgent to the world through dance and performance.

Spearheaded by award-winning choreographer and dancer Seeta Patel, the Company creates live stage performances which focus on classical Indian and contemporary dance and dance theatre. Performance is supported by Audience Development, Outreach, Advocacy and Talent Development, which is a cornerstone of Seeta Patel Dance’s vision.

Seeta Patel Dance is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, and enjoys an international presence and a strong reputation within the dance community. The Company plans to continue to extend its reach worldwide and its mission to introduce new audiences to classical and contemporary Indian dance.


Choreography & Direction Seeta Patel

Music Score Igor Stravinsky
Vocals Roopa Mahadevan – featured between Acts 1 and 2 of Stravinsky’s score as part of a 4-minute interlude. Composed by vocalist solely for this choreography.
Music recording played by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Kirill Karabits

Seeta Patel
Indu Panday
Shree Savani
Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Sundaresan Ramesh
Aishani Ghosh

Rehearsal Directors Kamala Devam, Sarah Gasser
Partners & Funders Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Arts Council England
Film & Postproduction Wayne Sables Projects
Additional Editing Julien Kottukapally
Sound Recording KA Productions
Lighting Design Warren Letton
Lighting Associate Bethany Gupwell
Production Manager Bethany Gupwell
Costumes Small Shop
Co-Producers Spin-Arts, Uprise Rebel

Special Thanks to:
Dougie Scarfe, Heather Duncan, Julien Kottukapally, The Place, Quarter House Folkestone, Watermans Arts Centre Cast, Doncaster, Lighthouse Poole,

The performance of The Rite of Spring has been given permission by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.