from the ancient to the now


Saturday 14 September


ashfield town hall


in movement

A day of interactive dance, workshops and new commissions! Come on a journey through the ancient past and into the multicultural now.

In Movement features Aruna Gandhi’s new work Pingala, which brings the tradition of Bharatanatyam dance to new heights with Sumathi Krishnan (voice) and John Napier (cello).

The transformative ‘Pingala’ morphs into an explosion of energy featuring six cultures (Balkan, Indonesian, Kurdish, Polish and beyond) dancing to one beat in our ‘Dance Spectacular’—a fast-paced, non-stop show of unity performed in the round.

Dance workshops 12-3pm

12pm - Balkan Dance Workshop
An all inclusive workshop on Balkan folk dance. Be a part of this interactive activity and maybe even participate in the dance spectacular!

Workshop facilitator: Yorgo Kaporis (Dusha Balkana) 

1pm - Uyghur Dance Workshop
Come learn the exotic dance moves from the Silk Road. For all ages and walks of life.

Workshop facilitator: Klara Razak (Uyghur Dance)

2pm - Tao Dance Workshop
Join The study of Tao Dance (Love Peace Harmony Foundation) improvised to calligraphy 

Workshop facilitator: Master Mirva Inkeri (Love Peace Harmony Foundation)

In partnership with Inner West Council




Sydney sacred music festival sumanthi in movement


Aruna Gandhi (Pingala)

Specialising in the Indian-classical dance style of Bharatanatyam, Aruna Gandhi is a performing artiste, choreographer and educator, based in Sydney, NSW. Internationally recognised for her outstanding merit and contribution in the field of arts, she is a recipient of the 'Distinguished Talent Visa' in Australia (2013).

Founder-Director of 'Silambam-Sydney', an institution for fine arts, Aruna offers training in Bharatanatyam in South-West Sydney. Her current artistic work, includes performances, collaborative works, 'Creative Movement' workshops and more.

Aruna trained in Bharatanatyam under the renowned and legendary artiste Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy, from a young age, since 1984 at Shree Bharatalaya in Chennai, India. She was a recipient of the Scholarship for dance from the Centre for Cultural Resources & Training (CCRT), Govt. of India (1990-1997). She has also trained in Carnatic music (Indian-classical), theory of Bharatanatyam, and has attended master-classes in Modern Dance, Yoga, Kalaripayattu and Folk dances of Tamil Nadu.

Suara Indonesia Dance Group

An energetic mix of dance, body percussion and song unparalleled by any other performance group in Australia. With a blend of traditional and contemporary influences from their Indonesian heritage and Australian upbringing, Suara Indonesia Dance Group brings liveliness, originality and all-engaging performances to the stage every time.

Yorgo Kaporis 

Yorgo Kaporis is a highly renowned choreographer and dancer and Australia’s leading exponent of the Balkan dance. He is the artistic director of The Australian Academy of Balkan Dance and Culture, also known as Dusha Balkana. 

Sumathi Krishnan (Pingala)

Sumathi Krishnan (Sumi) is an accomplished classical Hindustani vocalist who comes from a family of musicians from the South of India, Kerala, where her ancestors were Court Musicians of the King of Thiruppunithura.