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Posted on: October 28th, 2020 by Silke Arnold

Dear Friends, 
We hope you are well despite these unprecedented times. Inevitably ATMA’s plans to create and tour its new children’s show Spy Monkey have been put on hold. However, behind the scenes we have been hard at work with all are hugely valued and supportive partners. Together, we are hopeful to bring the new work to you during the Spring/Summer 2021 season.  Updates will be posted here, so please do watch this space for more information over the coming months. 

ACE Emergency Funding Success! We are delighted to announce ATMA Dance are a recipient of ACE’s Emergency Response Fund. We are most grateful to the Arts Council of England for their continued support. This grant gives us an exciting new opportunity to create a  new show designed specifically for online viewing called Dancing Mudras. and a new look for ATMA’s website, which will include a special section for our younger audiences.  

Thinking of you ATMA Dance is indebted to all our partners, ATMA board members and Arts Council England for their massive continued support. 
We are rooting for all our fellow, talented and hard-working creatives; promoters; as well as venues and arts organisations. We’re sending our good wishes that you continue to thrive! 

For now, we leave you with an inspirational image by Dr Akhtar Hussain from Mangalore, India.  Grip of Life has been hanging in ATMA’s studio for almost two decades. It ‘portrays the struggle of life in the harsh environment of the unyielding rock in adverse conditions. This tree represents perseverance against all odds’. (2001-2002, Commonwealth Photographic Awards)

New work for families in the making…

Posted on: January 16th, 2020 by Silke Arnold

We are delighted to announce that 2020 will see the creation of a new work for family audiences by ATMA Dance. Following on from the hugely successful The Magic Fish, Spy Monkey will be a contemporary retelling of a classic Indian tale from the Ramayana. 


For ages 4+, it will feature Bharata Natyam and hip-hop dance, music and story-telling, a very important secret mission, and a monkey with extraordinary superpowers! 


For your first chance to see the show, below are our initial performances in spring/summer 2020. Further touring will be announced when confirmed. 


London: Watermans – Sunday 26 April 

Bracknell: South Hill Park Arts Centre – Sunday 17 May 

Newbury: Corn ExchangeWednesday 27 May 

Maidenhead: Norden Farm Centre for the ArtsThursday 28 May 

Banbury, The Mill Arts Centre – Friday 29 May 

Newcastle: Gem Arts Masala FestivalMonday 13 Sunday 19 July (performance date tbc) 


We are incredibly grateful to all our venue partners and Arts Council England for making this new work possible. Spy Monkey is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, commissioned by Gem Arts and supported by Surf the Wave.

ATMA Dance seeks a freelance Producer or Project Manager

Posted on: November 12th, 2019 by Silke Arnold

Approx 20 days between December 2019 and July 2020

Fee £150-175 per day dependent on experience


ATMA Dance is looking for a Producer or Project Manager to support the creation, production and initial performances of Spy Monkey, an exciting new work for family audiences. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the work of a diverse, ambitious and flexible company. ATMA is a South Asian dance company that makes work for a range of audiences and settings.


Working collaboratively with the Artistic Director, varied responsibilities will include coherent planning and delivery across the different phases of the project, including but not limited to:

  • Finance – budgeting, invoicing, making payments, monitoring cash-flow and bank account
  • Team – internal meetings, contracting
  • Marketing – campaign planning, print production, liaising with venues, social media, website maintenance
  • Partnerships – liaising with venues and funders, developing new relationships, consolidating interest for future bookings/touring, supporting a future touring Project Grants application
  • Logistics – scheduling, booking travel and accommodation
  • Reporting – to the ATMA Board, ACE and other funders


Project funding is secured from Arts Council England Project Grants, a commission from GemArts and performance fees from five venues – including a new consortium of venues in the South East supported by Surf the Wave seed funding. Rehearsal and production spaces are confirmed, and the majority of the team on board. A project plan is in place, to be handed over from ATMA’s current Associate Producer (on maternity leave from Christmas 2019); so this project is set up and ready to go, but still has plenty of scope for someone to make their mark on.


The company is London-based, but remote working can be considered for suitable candidates.



Expressions of Interest: To apply please send CV, cover letter and contact details for 1 or 2 professional references, to asap, and by 4pm Monday 25 November latest.

Eve Rising

Posted on: September 26th, 2019 by Silke Arnold

Introducing Eve Rising, a new solo created by ATMA’s Artistic Director Mayuri Boonham earlier this year. Initially commissioned for the BBC Young Dancer 2019 competition, it was also performed at Latitude Festivaland has been described as ‘A real gem of a piece’ (David Mead,


Mayuri has also been invited by Akademi to present a work for Descendants, a performance that forms part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, at Southbank Centre, Sunday 29 September.


Eve Rising was initially created for, and first performed by, Shree Savani for the BBC Young Dancer 2019 Grand Finals in May. The solo has subsequently been expanded to be performed to the entire score of ‘Apple Blossom’ by Peter Garland, and is performed by one of ATMA’s long-term dancers, Archana Ballal.


ATMA are delighted that Eve Rising at Descendants will include live music performed by an extremely talented percussion quartet from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire:  Aidan Hammond, Simon Arriola Segura, Alex Henshaw and BBC Young Musician 2016 winner Andrew Woolcock. Huge thanks to RBC for making this possible!

Surf the Wave supports ATMA Dance

Posted on: April 5th, 2019 by Silke Arnold

Surf the Wave is a dance development project of national significance, taking place over three-years, aiming to change how dance is toured in the UK.


During Phase One, ATMA’s Artistic Director Mayuri Boonham and Associate Producer Ceri Brierley were invited to take part in the Artist as Entrepreneur programme. Across two two-day intensives we joined with other dance artists and companies to discuss challenges, exchange and reflect, learn from some inspiring case studies and meet a range of programmers from across the South East of England. We chose to focus on this region as we have fewer existing venue relationships than elsewhere.


Following the intensives we have been successful in our application for Seed Funding, which will enable us to test a new consortium of venues interested in developing audiences for family dance work. We’re delighted to be working with Surf the Wave on this initiative, alongside our venue partners: Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead; South Hill Park, Bracknell; Corn Exchange, Newbury and The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury.


Click here to see the news story on the Surf the Wave website.

ATMA performs at Alchemy 2018

Posted on: March 15th, 2018 by Silke Arnold

We are delighted to announce that ATMA Dance has accepted an invitation to perform at Alchemy, London’s foremost festival celebrating the exchange of ideas and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK.


ATMA will present The Magic Fish to family audiences in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on bank holiday Monday 7 May. The two performances, at midday & 3.30pm, are free to attend and will be supplemented by a fun and active workshop incorporating dance and beatboxing.


We’re delighted that performers Kamala Devam and Marv Radio will join Mayuri Boonham on stage for this special one-off performance that follows a hugely successful 2017 tour. This is what audiences have told us about The Magic Fish:

Fabulous! Loved the mix of contemporary & classical, a great story to tell too. Great to hear tales from other cultures. So visual with so few props! Really imaginative. Thank you!” Parent, Waterside Arts

One of the best things I’ve seen in my life.” Audience member aged 7, Pavilion Dance South West


For further information, see the Southbank Centre’s website, or watch The Magic Fish trailer here.

The Magic Fish: autumn 2017 tour

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by Silke Arnold

Following successful initial performances hosted by our commissioning partners last year, ATMA Dance is delighted to be touring The Magic Fish in autumn 2017.


The Magic Fish is a charming theatrical experience for families. From Newcastle to Bournemouth, this interactive performance featuring dance, storytelling and beatboxing, looks set to delight audiences on a nine venue tour.


We are also delighted to announce that the 2017 cast will feature dancer Kamala Devam and beatboxer Marv Radio. Please click here for further details and booking links.

Job Advert

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by Silke Arnold

ATMA Dance is looking for dynamic people to join its board. Read on…

Trustee Job Advert

Deadline Wednesday 26th April 2017.

The Magic Fish: 2016 performances

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by Silke Arnold

Check out The Magic Fish trailer here


ATMA Dance are very excited to announce the development, creation and performances of The Magic Fish, a new work for young children and family audiences.


Communicating big ideas to small children, ATMA Dance’s modern take on matsya, a classic tale about an Avatar of Vishnu, one of India’s Supergods, inspires curiosity about the essentials for life on earth.


In April ATMA Dance kicked off its development phase as part of a residency at The Unicorn Theatre – one of the UK’s leading Children’s Theatre venues. And in July, subsequent performances took place in London, Poole and Newcastle. Please click here for further details and booking links.

New status and team for ATMA Dance

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by Silke Arnold

In recognition of its charitable aims and objectives, ATMA Dance has been awarded registered charity status. As well as acknowledging the positive outcomes of its work, this status will enable the company to increase its fundraising efforts, allowing further distribution of its high quality artistic and educational work.


ATMA Dance warmly welcomes new board members Rina Mirchandani and Jenny White. We thank outgoing Director Simon Freakley for his work, and are grateful for his continued support of the company’s work from the back benches.


We would also like to welcome Ceri Brierley to the team as Project Manager for The Magic Fish.