It’s not every day that you get to be a Bollywood star. But thanks to choreographer Zoobin Surty 25 dancers from Leeds are experiencing just that.
The community cast will be performing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse next month after undergoing intensive training to appear in Ooh La La... It’s Bollywood.
Zoobin, who trained in classical Indian dance in Mumbai, said: “Everyone is working very hard. It is a huge stage.”
Zoobin, who is a Cultural Arts Ambassador for South Asian Arts, concocted the idea as a way of engaging different communities.
It is also an ideal platform to celebrate 100 years of the Indian film industry.
“There is so little Indian dance in the North,” said Zoobin, who is also developing a unique choreography for the show with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. The piece, involving more than 120 dancers, is called Hindividuality.
Zoobin has gained critical acclaim over the years for shows such as Bollywood Jane, also at West Yorkshire Playhouse, as well as leading the successful Karma Dance Group.
Ooh La La...It’s Bollywood promises to be a dazzling celebration of Bollywood’s centenary, bringing the glamour and glitz of the world’s most prolific film industry to West Yorkshire.
It will journey from Indian classical dance to the modern, funky routines associated with today’s Bollywood films.
The show is on July 13 at the Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse. Tickets are priced £6-£8 and are available from the West Yorkshire Playhouse by calling the box office on 0113 2137700
The production is part of Open Season, a series of youth and community work taking place at the Playhouse from June 18 to July 20.