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Royal Court and Curve benefit from £500k ACE Re:Imagine India pot

Leicester Curve associate director Suba Das. Photo: Curve Theatre Leicester Curve associate director Suba Das. Photo: Curve Theatre
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Theatres including the Royal Court and Leicester’s Curve have received a share of £500,000 in Arts Council England funding to collaborate with companies in India.

The council’s Re:Imagine India scheme aims to nurture relationships between artists in the UK and India, help artists exchange ideas and enable new touring projects.

The Royal Court received £29,543 towards a new collaboration with Indian Ensemble Theatre, which will see the two companies produce and tour a new play set in Tibet.

A new ‘dance-drama’ based on Amana Fontanella-Khan’s Pink Sari Revolution produced by Curve has been granted £25,000 by the scheme. The production will be devised by the theatre’s associate director Suba Das, as well as choreographer Aakash Odedra and the Company Theatre, which is based in Mumbai.

Welcoming the grant, Das said: “We’re delighted to be part of this groundbreaking new fund, joining some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations in developing a new programme of cutting-edge British Asian art. Pink Sari Revolution tells an urgent, visceral story of the fight for gender equality and has massive resonance for audiences in India, the UK and globally.”

Elsewhere, Graeae will use a £29,993 grant to run a training programme for deaf and disabled artists, which will draw from the company’s recent production of Ted Hughes’s The Iron Man.

The scheme also provided a grant of £18,254 to Leeds-based Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, which makes work aimed at children and young people.

ACE chief executive Darren Henley said that Britain’s arts and creativity were “a vital part of our influence across the world, and are an increasingly important export”.

He continued: “These awards will help organisations of all sizes, and from across the country, to collaborate with artists from abroad, develop new performances, take on global influences and attract new audiences, especially from south Asian communities.”

In total, 22 arts organisations were awarded money from the scheme.

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