A cutting-edge organisation working to enhance the practice, understanding and appreciation of South Asian dance in the UK. Akademi works to enhance excellence in the practice, understanding and appreciation of South Asian dance within a contemporary artistic, social and educational context.
Since 1979, Akademi has been taking South Asian dance into unconventional spaces in the UK, re-defining the parameters of the artform itself. Having celebrated our thirtieth anniversary, our passion for encouraging excellence in the practice of South Asian dance in Britain burns as bright as ever.
We are a local organisation with a global perspective and worldwide connections. We actively push the boundaries of where dance can appear by producing performances for unusual places. Our productions embrace and are inspired by extraordinary architecture and public spaces. With a particular focus on artist development and audience building, we want as many people as possible to be excited and intrigued by dance that is rooted in classical tradition, yet is at the cutting edge of contemporary British culture.
We work with young people in schools and communities of all ages and abilities across London, inspiring their creativity, encouraging their academic achievement and widening their aspirations. We support young artists to realise their potential and develop as professional performers and cultural leaders through debate, experiment, training and work experience.
We treasure the heritage of South Asian dance, the wisdom of experienced artists and provide a powerhouse of knowledge and expertise that we are keen to share widely. We are also a member of the South Asian Dance Alliance (SADAA) which includes eight other UK based South Asian arts companies.