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Saju Hari (UK)

Saju Hari is from Kerala (South India) where he graduated in Electronics Engineering (Bangalore) and trained in contemporary dance and Kalaripayattu (martial art) with Jayachandran at Attakkalari, but has lived and worked in the UK since 2003. He started dancing with Imlata Dance Company (1998-2003), the Bedlam Dance Company (2004-2005), before joining Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (2003-2007) touring internationally throughout the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Korea and Hong Kong. He toured in Akram Khan Company’s "Bahok", a collaboration with National Ballet of China, dancing (2008-2010) across Europe, Asia, and The Americas, including Sadler’s Wells (London), Theatre de la Ville (Paris) and City Center (New York). Saju also worked with Fabulous Beasts Dance company, touring two productions: "Rian" - a collaboration between Fabulous Beasts and Irish musician Liam o Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers, as well as the latest Stravinsky double bill, "Rite of Spring" and "Petrushka". Saju also worked with Sasha Waltz & Guests for Sasha Waltz’s production "Gefaltet".

Saju’s own choreography has included four works commissioned by Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s ROH2 Summer Collection seasons in the Clore Studio: a solo "Itself…" (2004), a duet "Opaque Image" (2005), a quintet "Re:URGENT" (2006), and a trio "Outside In" (2007). He performed his work "Harmony" at The Place, at the South Bank Centre’s Daredevas series and at Woking Dance Festival. Saju was a semi finalist at the Place Prize choreography competition 2010 and created in 2012 a new work for MAPdance, Chichester University’s post-graduate touring company. Among other engagements, Saju danced with Mavin Khoo in Akademi’s "Escapade" (Royal Festival Hall, 2003), in Gustav Holst’s opera "Savitri" (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 2004) and in William Tuckett’s "The Thief of Baghdad" (Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, 2008). Following a scholarship to attend the 2006 danceWEB Scholarship Programme in Vienna and an Arts Council England International Fellowship residency in Kenya (2007), Saju created a duet "Lunatic Express" with Kebaya Moturi, took part in Royal Opera House ROH’s Dancelines Choreolab with Kim Brandstrup and received a theatre:rites bursary to shadow director Sue Buckmaster.
As an Associate Artist at UK Foundation for Dance, Saju collaborated on a 2007 youth performance Animal Cavalcade with North Devon Theatres, and as Associate Artist at Woking Dance on a 2008 schools performance project "in the thick of it".

An experienced teacher, Saju has taught masterclasses and professional classes at The Place, for Akram Khan Company, disabled and behaviourally-challenged groups, schools, colleges, residencies in London and Brussels, gave choreographic workshops for the West End musical "The Far Pavilions" and choreographed on Jatinder Verma’s (Tara Arts) "The Merchant of Venice". Saju is an Associate Artist at UK Foundation for Dance in London.
Workshops
2014: KAYA, When The Body Becomes The Eye
2013: When The Body Becomes The Eye
2012: When the Body becomes the Eye

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