Leela Samson + Spanda - Lecture Demonstration

Interntionally acclaimed, Leela Samson and Spanda Dance Company present a lecture demonstration on Indian Classical Dance!


 Leela Samson is an internationally acclaimed dancer, teacher, writer and choreographer of bharata natyam - a traditional dance form of India. She has been deeply influenced by the visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, who founded Kalakshetra. Her formative years were spent at Kalakshetra, where she imbibed the nuances of bharata natyam and related arts at the feet of celebrated gurus. Over many years of independent work, her dance has metamorphosed from the best of her alma mater into a unique personal expression, which is unostentatious, serene and joyful.

A well loved and respected teacher internationally, she is the recipient of several honours from the Sanskiti and Kalaimamani to the Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padmashri awards.


Spanda, which means a vibration or pulse, symbolic of the perpetual energy that is the life force of the universe - was created in 1995 and represents works conceived and choreographed by Leela Samson. Constantly evolving, Spanda deliberates text, musical traditions and movement vocabulary that showcases the amazing art of bharata natyam. Through an exploration of group dynamics in bharata natyam, Spanda rediscovers learnt vocabulary, whilst retaining the geometry, the variety and grammar of this art form by reducing movement to its purest expression.

Leela Samson and Spanda present Past Forward at Riverside Theatres on Saturday 11 March at 7.00pm