Balbir Singh Dance Company
Based in Leeds, the company regularly works with the best artists and musicians and presents work to diverse audiences in the UK and internationally. Under Balbir’s artistic leadership, the company stands at the forefront of intercultural dance practice in the UK.
BSDC has dance at its heart, drawing on diverse influences to create work that can be pure dance, cross-art-forms collaborations, as well as non-arts innovative partnerships. The work offers a holistic dance experience for audiences. The company’s vision is to increase its reputation for innovative performances and collaborations and to grow a diverse audience for contemporary and classical Indian dance.
In 2012 BSDC was commissioned to create a piece to be performed as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Synchronised, a water-based work performed in a swimming pool with synchronised swimmers joining the company’s dancers and musicians, was an instant hit. Synchronised subsequently toured nationally around ‘arts cold spots’ where it successfully engaged audiencess who otherwise might not attend a dance performance.
BSDC's Synchronised during the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
Photo: Maya Almeida
This sport-dance crossover proved to be a rich seam for BSDC: the company went on to develop successful partnerships with a range of sports organisations, leading to work exploring rugby (Full Contact, The Strategists), cycling (Champion of the Flatlands, Dancing Bicycles) and figure skating (Peacock Lake, Boy with the Rollerblades) as well as more swimming pool-based work (Broken Tusk).
Gary Beacom in BSDC's Peacock Lake at Billingham International Folklore Festival
Photo: Malcolm Johnson
BSDC also has a long-standing commitment to educational work, both in schools and community settings. Over recent years the company has supported many children to achieve their Arts Award. Central to BSDC’s approach is a belief in culturally diverse learning and participation. The company is well known for delivering innovative programmes that inspire; encouraging individuals, groups and communities to engage further with the arts and leaving a lasting impression on all participants.
BSDC continues to be supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) and performs around the UK and internationally.