A DANCE theatre show inspired by the choreographer’s childhood experience of dyslexia has a south west rural tour, continuing with Dorset’s Artsreach on 9th November at Broadmayne.
Little Murmur is dance with a difference – featuring stunning projected images, a blizzard of paper and confetti, and an extraordinary soundscape, dancer Aakash Odedra uses South Asian Kathak dance movements to create a memorable and moving performance.
Aakash, who is the artistic director of the company, says: “During my childhood, imagination was my only means to get away. I decided to go to India on my own at the age of 15 and life became my university. I brought part of this world home, became a professional dancer and created my own company. Over the years we’ve built a hub where dreams come to life.”
Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Aakash found school very challenging: he spelt his name wrongly until he was 21 and it wasn’t until he found the missing ‘A’ that he felt he belonged. Defined by his learning difficulties, not his abilities, dance became the way that he expressed himself.
Little Murmur is an honest, humorous and heartfelt exploration of the trials and tribulations of living with dyslexia, facing challenges and overcoming the odds. The name of the show comes from the way bodies and words fly like flocks of birds – like a murmuration!
The Guardian reviewer called it “a shimmering mix of dance and digital effects.”
Little Murmur is at Broadmayne village hall, and there is another local performance at Front Room, Weston-Super-Mare on 11th November at 2pm.