Sadhana are delighted to announce a number of new writing commissions that will explore and respond to dance, science and public engagement; we had a wealth of international interest and applications which confirms the growing status and increasing richness of these three collaborative fields. We’re very happy to introduce our six writers:
Ka Bradley's fiction has appeared in Granta magazine, Somesuch Stories, The Offing and Catapult, among others. She reviews dance and theatre for Exeunt, The Stage and londondance.com. She is an editor at Granta Books and Portobello Books, and an editorial director at 3 of Cups Press.
Dr Emily Cross
Emily studied psychology, dance and theatre in California, and subsequently completed MSc and PhD degrees in cognitive neuroscience. As a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Bangor University, she leads a team that uses training procedures, functional neuroimaging, and dance, acrobatics and robots to explore experience-dependent plasticity in the human brain.
Passionate about the ways in which technology can transform the creative sector, Kavya Kaushik currently works within publishing as a Digital Producer. Prior to publishing, Kavya trained and performed as a Kathak dancer, and stood for parliament at 24 with a keen interest in politics and public engagement.
Ali has a First Class degree in Dance Theatre. For almost 30 years she’s worked as a choreographer on stage, film, and television with artistes such as Twiggy, Kylie and David Gilmour. Then, in 2011 she completed a Masters degree, which led to a whole new career as a Dance Scientist. Inspired by the artsscience interface, her published original research and the work developed through her organization MovementWorks® has been described as “groundbreaking”. Ali’s current research focus is on the impact of the approach for children with learning differences. She has just presented a TEDx talk.
Charlotte Maxwell is an emerging theatre and dance critic and, the Editor of A Younger Theatre. She is particularly interested in physical theatre, dance as a catalyst for dialogue and the use of spoken word in theatre. Outside of criticism, Charlotte is a poet, playwright and theatre maker.
Jody Oberfelder is a director, choreographer, and filmmaker, creating tangible and visceral experiences for audiences. Her work has been shown internationally in venues including Museu dos Biskeínhos (Braga, Portugal), NoD (Prague), Gallus Theater (Frankfurt), Guelph Dance Festival (Canada), PS 122, 92 Y, Dixon Place, Lincoln Center, and others. Her most recent project “The Brain Piece” premiered at New York Live Arts June 2017.