Videos

A classical Kathak piece 'Ashtamangal' exploring the rhythmic patterns and possibilities within an 11 beat time cycle. Choreographed & performed by Sonia Chandaria Tillu and Jaina Modasia at the premiere of SLDC's 'Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen' at The Offbeat Festival 2019 in Oxford. Music: Atul Desai

A Kathak rendition of the Rock Qawwali 'Teri Hi Barqat' recently released by British Asian band Side Partition. Performed by Sonia Chandaria Tillu and Jaina Modasia at the premiere of SLDC's  'Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen' at The Offbeat Festival 2019 in Oxford.

Choreography: Sonia Chandaria Tillu & Jaina Modasia

Kathak meets rap! An experimental piece thirTEEN which explores a relationship between Kathak and rap in the spirit of rebellious teenage years. Performed by Sonia Chandaria Tillu and Jaina Modasia at the premiere of SLDC's  'Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen' at The Offbeat Festival 2019 in Oxford.

Choreography: Sonia Chandaria Tillu & Jaina Modasia

A trailer of Sonia Chandaria Tillu performing 'War of hearts and minds' with poet husband Avi Tillu at the Asian Voice Charity Awards 2019. Written by Avi & choreographed by Sonia, this piece beautifully depicts the contrast between love and war, and how one can triumph over the other. Music: Niraj Chag

A duet choreographed and performed by Sonia & BBC Young Dancer South Asian Category Winner 2017 Shyam Dattani at the Beck Theatre as part of the Hemantika Kathak Festival 2018. This Shiva stuti in taal jhaptaal sees the artists experimenting with the boundaries of Kathak movement beyond their traditional training. Costume design: Shyam Dattani; Lighting: Dinesh Poddar

Sonia performing at the European Regional final of the Kalashram Kathak Competition judged by the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj. Her performance of ‘Jhoolat Radhe’ thumri followed by classical teentaal technique saw her win the competition. Padhant by Sujata Banerjee, tabla by Aniruddha Mukherji & Nagma by Chandrachur Bhattacharjee.

Sonia performing for the Annapurna Dance Company at the MIA Dashehra Diwali Event in Manchester. She performed a rework of Teentaal Tarana choreographed by Sujata Banerjee. She has  also performed the piece in Glasgow, London, Whitby and Liverpool.

Site-specific interpretation of an original choreography by Sujata Banerjee at the Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018 organised by Birmingham Dance Network. The challenge  for Sonia was to perform the Tarana in a corridor with limited lighting and very close up audience!

Sonia performing Kathak with live music at Akademi's NAVODIT platform for emerging talent in February 2016. NAVODIT helps artists transition from teacher-centred learning to developing their own approach to performance. 

A Kathak interpretation of the Irish Riverdance performed by Sonia at the Inspire Women’s Awards 2018 at Reebok/Macron stadium in Bolton. Choreographic support by Sujata Banerjee

A 15-minute solo Kathak performance by Sonia at the London Fashion Week at Somerset House as part of the runway show for fashion designer L Saha. The piece was conceptualised and choreographed by Sonia and commissioned by Akademi. Videography: Eno Enefiok

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