Mughal Miniatures

Sonia Sabri Company

Dance, Music/Sound, Puppetry, Theatre

An image shot through a gap in the trees. The focus is on a person in an orange garment moving gracefully with a green piece of fabric.

Indian miniature painting of 9th and 10th century was hugely multicultural, drawing inspiration from many peoples and cultures. Fittingly, as with all Sonia Sabri Company’s work, this project is about bringing different artists, forms and cultures into dialogue with each other and demonstrating their complementary nature, as a metaphor for our diverse society at large. 

‘Mughal Miniatures’ is dynamic, colourful, and fun, and captures the imaginations of all ages. We will attract both audiences who have seen ‘Mughal Miniatures’ advertised, as well as incidental audiences, who would perhaps be unlikely to attend formal arts events. 

 We will collide traditional and folkloric artistry, with more modern and urban forms, approaching notions of heritage in a more inclusive way that can chime with audiences of diverse backgrounds. Our overriding intention is that diverse audiences will feel that the performance speaks to and feels relevant to them, appealing to a wide demographic, often not catered for in arts programming.

About Sonia Sabri Company

Sonia Sabri Company (SSCo) is a leading contemporary South Asian dance and music company based in the UK. Resident in Birmingham, the artist-led Company has an international reputation for presenting Kathak dance in a contemporary context, without diluting its integrity.

The Company creates work that is relevant to diverse audiences; inspired by the rich possibilities that arise when Eastern and Western cultures meet. The Company was established in 2002 by Artistic Director Sonia Sabri and Musical Director Sarvar Sabri. Together they have created a distinctive style by reinventing Kathak from within, pushing boundaries and collaborating across multi-art forms with live music to create work that is original, exciting and resonate with a spectrum of audiences through stage, film, digital, festivals and in unconventional spaces.

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Mughal Miniatures is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Hat Fair, Certain Blacks and Brighton Festival.