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Calling those living with pain in India and the UK to participate in two
online inclusive dance/movement workshops.

The workshops are part of a new collaboration between artist, Deborah
Padfield and dancer, Anusha Subranayam funded by Akademi.
Participate in structured improvisational movement exploring how pain
affects movement physically and verbally. Find your own possibilities for
movement through building awareness of sensations within the body and
the use of breath.

Participants will be offered personal movement options to try between
workshops and invited to contribute their own gestures to the
co-creation of a new dance work informed by the workshops, KARUṆ .

No previous experience of movement necessary.
You are encouraged to book for both sessions.

To reserve a space please email:

Anusha Subramanyam is artistic director of Beeja (
She is a thought leader, an inspiring performer, dance maker, movement
therapist and teacher who has focused on integrating dance, education,
and somatic and contemplative practices into her work. She is seen as
one of the most exciting exponents of bharatanatyam working ‘inside’
and ‘outside’ of its tradition. Her work is trans-cultural and intergenerational.
She has received numerous awards for her work such as
the Asian Women Achievement Award in Culture, 2011 presented by
IWA, UK and ‘Nritya Acharya Ratna’ by Milapfest, for 2017.

Deborah Padfield is a visual artist, Lecturer in Arts & Health Humanities
at St George’s, University of London and a Teaching Fellow at the
Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Collaborating with leading clinicians
and academics, her research explores the potential of photographic
images, co-created with people with pain, to facilitate doctor-patient
communication. Her recent project Visualising Pain in India and the UK,
explored the possibility of developing a ‘trans-cultural iconography’ for
pain able to resonate in a range of cultural contexts. She is funded by
numerous bodies and the recipient of many awards.

If you would like to reserve a space on both workshops please email:


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