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Nitin Sawhney leads creative workshop with LIPA students

Nitin Sawhney leads creative workshop with LIPA students
Published: Feb 04, 2009

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

Sarah E. Baker, Head of Dance at LIPA, commented: “Nitin is a natural teacher with a wealth of knowledge that he was happy to share. This workshop reflects one of the ways that we have refocused our dance degree programme, having more emphasis on commercial dance, including reflecting the most current trends in dance and music. Having someone such as Nitin here - who is currently shaping the industry that we are training students for is very much in keeping with our new direction.”

Nitin Sawhney has released seven studio albums and has received 15 major national awards for his work, including a MOBO, a Mercury prize and an EMMA. His seventh album London Undersound, featured a performance from Paul McCartney amongst others. Nitin Sawhney has scored over forty films, as well as TV ads for Nike and Sephora and produced the music for Sony PlayStation 3’s Heavenly Sword. He has also been commissioned to work on classical compositions including a commission for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has worked in the dance and theatre fields as well, including work with Akram Khan and Anish Kapoor. As well as actively contributing to educational institutions, Nitin is also a patron of festivals and passionate about promoting arts and cultural events and initiatives.

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