Crossing Paths - Kathak & Flamenco Dance

Kathak and flamenco are believed to have common origins which can be seen in the similarity in their technique and the percussive footwork. Ruchi Sanghi Dance Company and Peña Flamenca will present a collaboration between the two artforms


Ruchi Sanghi Dance Company is one of the most well-known Kathak dance companies in Australia. Their repertoire ranges from the exploration of the rhythms of North India, stories and moving images of the lavish courts of India to the pure dance energy of Taraana.

Their performances include festivals such as Confluence 2016 and world yoga day at the Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney, India Australia Business Awards, Townsville Festival, National Fields Day at Orange , Parramasala, a Public Reception for the Indian PM Mr Modi at All Phones Arena and many others.

Their musical productions‘Devdas the Musical’ ’The Nautch Girls’ and ‘Nine Flavours’ have sold out shows and met with critical acclaim.

Peña Flamenca is the fresh, modern flamenco nuevo ensemble from Sydney, capturing the fused flavours of Spanish and Latin traditions with an Aussie twist, creating a unique fiesta

The group have played numerous Sydney venues and festivals, including Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival (2015 & 2017), Darling Harbour Latin Fiesta (2013), The Basement and Camelot Lounge. Another highlight was a two-year residency at Sydney’s Spanish Club, where they discovered a shared drive for creating flamenco frenzied dance floors. Led by Christopher Duff on guitar, Peña Flamenca will feature four of its flamenco artists at Parramasala this year, including singer Rafael Leon, guitarist Chris Duff, flamenco dancer Lauren Majarres, Byron Mark on percussion.

Maharshi Raval on Tabla and Rosie Henshaw on Sitar will join the two dance companies to create the unique combination of submerging the Indian Classical Music with Flamenco.