Nitin Sawhney, the acclaimed producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and composer, made time in his busy schedule to collaborate with LIPA Dance and Music students on their end of year performance project.
The first and second year students were near the outset of the planning process for their performance. They have taken the concept of the seven Chakras as their stimulus and are looking to fuse Eastern and Western dance and music influences into the performance.
Lindsey Inglesby, who teaches dance at LIPA, invited Nitin to collaborate on this project, when she met him at LIPA’s graduation ceremony in July last year. Nitin was one of six performing arts practitioners to be awarded an honorary companionship at LIPA’s graduation ceremony in recognition of his contributions to LIPA.
On 4th February, Nitin Sawhney spent a couple of hours working alongside the LIPA musicians and dance staff and a further one hour with the dancers. This gave Nitin the opportunity to give feedback on the students’ composition and choreography to date and to provide further guidance for the project due to be staged from 28th to 30th May. He showed no shortage of ideas and suggestions for the students to incorporate into their show and focused his workshop on how to create a synergy between music and dance. It was a highly creative and inspiring afternoon for the students