Sharing: Roots to Rise (Working Title) by Nandita Shankardass

Roots to Rise (Working Title)
by Nandita Shankardass

Fri 17 May
@101 Outdoor Arts

Seedbed 2024 artist Nandita Shankardass will be sharing a new dance work in progress created in residency at 101 Outdoor Arts and in partnership with OmVed Gardens.

The Work

'Roots to Rise' (working title) explores ancestry, agriculture, ecological activism and the inherent wisdom of women. Nandita’s research has been inspired and motivated by events throughout India’s history from the cotton empire and the spinning wheel, the Chipko movement and the violence of the green revolution to the Women’s peace camp at Greenham Common here in the U.K. The work aspires to build awareness around our contribution to the ecosystem to regenerate and deepen our relationship to the earth, evoking freedom, resilience and community.

Within her partnership at OmVed Gardens, Nandita has facilitated and curated participatory experiences for shared learning, wellbeing, exchange and reflection around nature, family, culture and memory in site at the gardens for their community, the South Asian community, and at the Asian Women's Resource Centre which has also contributed to her research.

Nandita is working in collaboration with dance artists Anjana Bala, Vidya Patel and Tulani Kayani - Skeef.

The Artist

Nandita Shankardass is a performing artist, choreographer, educator, interdisciplinary facilitator and speaker. She is the founder of Welcome Movement® created to generate wellbeing, stimulate creativity and empower freedom of expression through movement and dance.

The Sharing

The sharing will be followed by a Q&A with Nandita and the dancers for an opportunity to learn more about the process of developing the work, plans for the future and a chance to offer feedback and reflections.

There will also be 2 outdoor sharings of the work in progress at OmVed Gardens in London on Sunday 19th May. Find out more.

Sharings are open to anyone, please R.S.V.P to 101 at

Image Credit: ©Breda Louise Glavin