Navigating a Changing Creative Sector

The first panel of the Bagri Foundation series Navigating Change hosts artist Yarli Allison, dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra, and British Museum’s curator Dr Imma Ramos for a multidisciplinary conversation on how they have embraced positive and meaningful change into their life and practice in a changing creative sector with a focus on spaces they have been exploring either digitally or physically in the past year.

The Navigating a Changing Creative Sector panel recording is released on Tuesday 11th May 2021 at 12pm on the Bagri Foundation Youtube channel.

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For its new online series of panel discussions titled Navigating Change, the Bagri Foundation invites international speakers from across arts disciplines to discuss their practice in the face of change and chance, and to explore how they address risk and scenarios out of their control. The three panels will be released with English subtitles on the Bagri Foundation Youtube on 11th, 18th and 25th May at 12pm BST. Read more about the series here.

(The audience was invited to submit questions through Eventbrite by 25th April ahead of the panel’s recording date)


Yarli Allison is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, UK/Paris-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, digital, film, drawing, and installation. Yarli graduated in 2017 with an MFA in Sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK.  

Her works have exhibited and screened internationally including State Hermitage Museum’s Young Artists Program, St. Petersburg (2014), Gardiner Museum, Toronto (2014), TAF_The Art Foundation, Athens (2018), Videotage Gallery, Hong Kong (2020), Queer and porn-film festivals of Berlin, London, Vienna, Hong Kong (2018-2020). 

Upcoming shows including Decriminalize Futures, Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA, London (2021), Research Residency at CFCCA, Manchester, FACT Liverpool show curated by Annie Jael Kwan (2021). Grants include Hong Kong Art Council Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant (2020). Yarli is a member of Asia-Art-Activism. 

Aakash Odedra is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Born in Birmingham, UK and trained in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak (Nilima Devi, Leicester and Asha Joglekar, India) and Bharatanatyam (Chitraleka Bolar, Birmingham and Chhaya Kantaveh, India). Aakash formed Aakash Odedra Company in 2011 as a vehicle for commissioning solos and to develop his own choreographic work. His debut full length solo Rising featured new short works created for him by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant. As a choreographer he was commissioned to create a piece for James Brown: Get on the Good Foot (Apollo Theater, New York) and the Opera God’s Little Soldier (Theater Freiburg), The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad. Aakash has received numerous awards and bursaries, including a Dora performance award (Canada), Danza&Danza award (Italy), Audience Award Dance Week 2013 (Croatia), Infant Award 2014 (Serbia), Bessie Award (Best Male Performer, 2014) and a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. Aakash has collaborated with celebrated dancer Hu Shenyuan and composer Nicki Wells to create the duet Samsara. In 2020 he was invited by the British Council in China to present the documentary Making of Samsara as part of the #ConnectdByCreativity UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival. Most recently Aakash has embarked upon a four month residency at New York University Abu Dhabi; presenting workshops, online lectures and virtual performances. He’s launched Across_Dance in collaboration with choreographer Aditi Mangaldas, a new series of online workshops with 100 artists taking part in the pilot across 13 countries. 

Dr Imma Ramos is the curator of the medieval to modern South Asia collections at the British Museum. She curated the recent exhibition, Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution (24 September 2020 – 24 January 2021), and is the author of its accompanying book which presents the first historical exploration of Tantric visual culture from its origins in India to its reimagining in the West. Her research interests revolve around the relationship between religion, politics and gender in South Asian visual culture.


Image credit: Hu Shenyuan in Samsara, Aakash Odedra Company, 2019 (detail).


May 11 2021


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