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Children come together through dance

A story of heroes, jealousy and battle told through dance at The Civic.

Meaningful art company, eARTHkala joins up with local children to bring the magical Indian epic Mahabharat to The Civic, Barnsley.

After a popular performance of The Blue Gods last year at The Civic, eARTHkala returns, this time with a timeless Indian epic Mahabharat, A tale of heroes, jealousy and battle told through dance.

Set in Ancient India, Mahabharat is a story of five heroic brothers and their fight to claim the throne. After a childhood spent learning and playing with their cousins, jealousy splits apart the family as they fight for their rightful place on the throne. An epic battle begins!

In their journey through life, they learn the strength of love and brotherhood and the futility of anger and war. The colourful and timeless epic is told through a fusion of vibrant Indian classical, folk and western dance styles.

eARTHkala have been hosting special Indian dance workshops over the summer to accompany the show and encourage positive awareness of Indian culture in the region. Local children aged 8-16 had the chance to experience vibrant Indian dance styles along with ballet and modern dance. In the workshops young people learnt from a highly talented and professional team, working towards their ‘Arts Award’ certificate while being inspired, making new friends and having fun.

A total of 18 children took part in the workshops along with 10 adults. Beginning each day with a special routine to warm up the body and mind. In the classes they learnt the language of dance and  were taught hand gestures, expressions, forms of dance such as classical Indian, ballet, yoga and martial arts. They were encouraged to build their confidence by putting together presentations to share their progress. The children learnt many new intellectual and physical skills which they will be able to call upon in their journey through life.

Vrata Chigateri who runs eARTHkala and is organising the event said on facebook “Fabulous two weeks of learning and sharing. What a smart bunch. The workshop was fantastic and well received. Thank you to all the parents for their non-stop and brilliant support...looking forward to the performance.”

In Mahabharat the children will perform before a public audience in the show at The Civic on 9 September.

Mahabharat is at The Civic on Sat 9 September 2017 at 6:00pm. Tickets are £14 full price, £10 concessions.

Recommended for 3+

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.