Imagine Kantha was developed to bring together different communities to share the joy of getting creative using art and movement as well as supporting the emotional health and well-being of participants. The first session was held on Tuesday 13 October at Old Woking Community Centre where Dance Woking’s Associate Dance Teachers and some of the members of the community groups taking part in the project came together to test ideas and ways we can deliver the project in a Covid safe environment. The aim is to host a number of workshops before the end of 2020 and continue into Spring 2021.
If you would like to take part in this project please contact Dance Woking’s Education and Outreach Coordinator Ellie by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine Kantha is being led by Dance Woking in partnership with Woking Borough Council, Women’s Liaise Centre, Woking and Amina Khayyam Dance Company and supported by funding from The Big Lottery Awards for All.
Imagine Kantha brings highly experienced artists to work with different community groups in Woking. Visual artist, Bhajan Hunjan, leads the creative workshops, she uses a variety of techniques from drawing, painting and printmaking, to help participants create and develop ideas from their stories and experiences, from these beginnings ideas come to create the designs. This project uses – print & Kantha stitch, (a traditional form of embroidery), to create visually exciting pieces of art. Keeping up with the tradition of Kantha we love the idea of re-cycling where we can re-use old materials to create something new.
Amina Khayyam, Artistic Director of Amina Khayyam Dance Company, an experienced choreographer and dancer, leads the movement element of this project where the stories created through visual art will be brought to life using Kathak, one of the main traditional Indian forms of classical dance-drama.