Sat down with Shereen ‘funnybrowngirl’ Kassam on her podcast ‘Creative Breakthrough’ to talk all things Youtube, the pain of creating art, and the balancing act that is my life.
Nuit Blanche was a MOVIE! Still in disbelief that my art got a platform like this and it was a dream come true to be a featured artist and show my work here.
Grateful for the inspiration behind @tawazunexhibit, for the opportunity to be a part of Toronto's largest art festival, for my partners @anilmohabir & @rahimbhimani, for the learning experience, and most of all for my fam who came out to see it. Making art is hard on your soul but y'all bring me back.
Hello #dancewithSL fam! Here's my latest to the beautiful cover to Sanu Ek Pal by Neha Kakkar from the movie Raid. I built this Bollywood-inspired contemporary choreography as a skeleton then fully danced it out in the studio trying to feel out the music and move in ways that felt natural to me as I immersed myself in the feelings this song brought out in me. See if you can follow along with the story!
Don't forget to like, comment, SUBSCRIBE, and enjoy :)
It’s called ‘She Means Business’ … and I really do.
Thank you to my alma mater @yorkuniversity and @schulichschool for this feature on my crazy life in the Summer 2019 edition of York U Magazine!
I talk about why I hate the term 'side hustle' and my lack of a social life (makes for good journalism right?).
Check it out here
I’m so excited about this one! Ghar More Pardesiya from #Kalank! Even though my girl and dance inspiration Madhuri didn't fully dance in it, I totally channeled her the whole time. I can not WAIT to see this movie! Did a little Bollywood/Kathak fusion freestyle to this one. Jabse naina yeh jaake, ek dhanurdhar se laage, tabse birha mohe sataaye re... :)
Make sure to like, comment, SUBSCRIBE, and enjoy :)
Feeling incredibly excited to be this year's recipient of Strategy Magazine's New Establishment: Innovator award!
Read the article here
I’m so stoked that my first solo installation is showing at the TIFF Picture Palace exhibit! The exhibit is all about the magic of film making, and my piece explores the role of performance in enhancing and furthering narrative in film. Bollywood is the perfect example of an industry where this magic is evident and plentiful.
Each station in TIFF Picture Palace invites you to deepen your knowledge of film, and learn how the art and technique of the movies applies to all the other pictures in your life. The exhibit is fun, interactive, tactile, and so inspiring!
TIFF Picture Palace is open March 2 - July 28 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Check out https://www.tiff.net/events/tiff-picture-palace/ for information and tickets!
In November I got the opportunity to perform at TedXDownsviewWomen in Toronto. I was asked by the TedXDownsviewWomen team to create a performance that encompassed the theme of the day - ‘Showing Up.’
This performance was created to highlight grace, beauty, and general bad-assery of women in my community who I try to show up for everyday through the art I create. I always try to bring up the women in my industry and act as a mentor to those getting started. I hope this message resonates and that women in the arts continue to show up for the women in our industry and instead of looking at them like competition, lift them up.
Thank you to my wonderful team of BADASS females who worked so hard and brought this to life.
I can’t believe that just two years after my first show Roots: A Journey Through India, I got the chance to play artistic director and tour ANOTHER production!
For the past 15 months, I’ve been working as a co-director and choreographer of Rihla: From Roots to Dreams. Our core team consisted of Azim Keshavjee (Music Director & Touring/Production Manager), Zaheed Damani (Scriptwriter & Multimedia), Karim Dewji (Al-Waez), Sophia Virani (Logistics) and our fearless leader Munir Budhwani (Member for Arts and Culture and Special Projects, Aga Khan Council for Canada).
We worked endless hours on this project as a team, but we were lucky to have the most amazing artists bringing Rihla to life - our cast and now our family. Thank you to our cast, crew, volunteers, and audiences for this 6 city, 8 show whirlwind that was pure magic and pure love.
Yesterday I sat down with Reshmi Nair of CBC’s ‘Here and Now’ to talk about the series of classes I’m teaching with the Sony Centre in Toronto! Listen below :)
Well this is a HUGE honour! I'll be performing on November 29 at TEDx DownsviewWomen- a TEDx conference about the power of women and girls to be badass creators and big time gamechangers.
My piece features some amazingly talented female dancers from Toronto as well who have been working so hard to craft something amazing with me ❤️ Can't wait to share this with y'all.
Tickets are on sale now at www.tedxdownsviewwomen.com
I'm so honoured to have sat down for this interview with the Huffington Post Canada to talk about my journey, and how for me, Bollywood dance is more than just my art - it signals acceptance. Click here to watch the full video!
Over two weeks in July I got the opportunity to travel to Lisbon, Portugal for the Jubilee Arts International Festival where I coached/mentored the dance teams, put on a few workshops, and also did six surprise performances at all three night shows at the Altice Arena (check my Instagram page's IGTV to watch some of those epic lip sync battles!) I have trouble articulating what the experience meant to me. All the people I met and the experiences we shared grew me as an artist and as a person. When I have trouble putting my feelings into words, I put them into dance. The times when I'm walking around, listening to music, this piece will forever take me back to Lisbon. This is dedicated to all the soul connections I made.
"Souls always connect at the perfect time and place to fulfill an emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual task or karmic bond. We are never connected to anyone just by chance, there is always a higher lesson and deeper message from the Universe. You attract what your energy vibrates."
Sometimes I wonder why people find my life of perfecting a balancing act so interesting - it's my reality every single day, and I often forget that working 24/7 actually ISN'T the norm! Thank you to Adam Stanley & The Globe and Mail for reminding me of that and making me feel special today :)
In honour of the Diamond Jubilee year and upcoming Mulaqaats in Eastern Canada, I put together this tribute dance piece, a fusion of Kathak and Sufi dance choreography. Through my dance journey, this year has been particularly special in that I've found a niche and a love for the exploration of spirituality in my art. Thank you to Alhamra Unplugged and the #AgaKhanMuseum for collaborating with me on this piece that holds such a special place in my heart.
Music: Allah Hoo - Alhamra Unplugged Season 1 (Khalid Khan, Qasim Yousaf, Aqleema Dar, Abubakar Javed) (Check the song out at https://soundcloud.com/alhamraunplugg...)
Male Dancers: Rahim Printer (lead), Gowtham Ratnaraj, Aman Rajput, Irfan Lakhani, Arnold Wallang, Jassy Grewal
Female Dancers: Shereen Ladha (lead), Shaila Premji, Shama Kassam, Karina D'Mello, Zeeanna Ibrahim, Sahar Ibhrahim, Salima Fakirani
Videography: Anil Mohabir (Icon Motion)
Rahim's Costume: Chandan Fashion (@chandanfashion)
FLARE Magazine just published their #HowIMadeIt list that celebrates 100 of the most talented, ambitious and driven Canadian women with cool jobs. I am SO incredibly honoured to be on this list alongside some Canadian women I really look up to. Check out the feature below & thank you to Ken Fong for the photography :)
It was lovely collaborating with the London School of Bollywood while I was in London last month, and playing lead in this piece choreographed by Prasanth Palliath. Loved bonding over our #gottalent experiences and creating art together ❤️ Special thank you to Shiva Raichandani for bringing us together - I knew from the first time we spoke that we would connect the way we did. I'm in love with the way you inspire. Check out the full video and don't forget to subscribe to these guys!
Welcome back #dancewithSL fam! This piece was originally performed as part of my touring show "Roots: A Journey Through India." I'm so drawn to the elegance of this song, and wanted to tell the love story of Radha and Krishna through it. In this piece, Radha and Krishna dance as one, and, just like in their epic tale, Krishna leaves (told through him frozen in time). Radha yearns for him and it's her love that acts as the force that brings him back to her.
This video was shot and edited by the amazing folks at Ethnic Channels Group (ECG). This piece is part of a larger documentary celebrating #Canada150, focusing on the South Asian community in Canada. The director, Irina Volkova, is an amazing artist and producer and did such an amazing job illustrating the diaspora through South Asian music and dance. Watch the full documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoA9tduNy9M&t=105s
or at www.soundsofcanadaseries.com
I am so honoured to be on this list of TOP 100 Dance Channels in the WORLD alongside some of the best in the biz! Seriously, this list includes artists like Matt Steffanina, Dana Alexa, and Tricia Miranda from whom I continuously draw inspiration. Thank you so much Feedspot!
Check out the full list here