Little Wonders: Pancha

An Indian storytelling walk with music and dance

Pancha is a Theatre Hullabaloo Little Wonders commission for Hullabaloo in the Park.

Pancha (meaning Five) is a story (told through dance) walk in the park, Pancha will be a one of a kind  experience for all age groups. Based on the 5 elements of nature (Fire, wind, Earth, water and Sky) that are believed to manifest into different sensory experiences, Pancha will remind us of the value that lies in preserving and nurturing nature at large.

The symbolic depiction of stories around nature in the vocabulary of Kuchipudi (South Indian classical dance style), through hand gestures and facial expressions will help children to personify these elements in different ways so as to treat nature with respect and love. All the 5 Pancha pieces will carry an element of interaction and bring together Indian classical music, dance and soundscape.

Thur 22 July, various locations in South Park between 1-3.30pm

Free and non-bookable for you to enjoy at Hullabaloo in the Park


About Payal Ramchandani

Payal is a Kuchipudi dancer with 27 years of overall experience including training and performances on the global stage. She has evolved her own unique vocabulary, evident in her innovative choreographies. She leverages her traditional repertoire to handle socially relevant subjects. Payal’s noteworthy works include ‘Once in a blue moon’ first choreographed for the Bloomsbury festival themed around Luke Jerram’s moon installation,  ACE funded dance-theatre production, ‘Just enough madness’ and  ‘Love and lament…’ amongst others. 

She has also been commissioned by Dance City, Newcastle to create and present her production ‘The Forest Dream’ also funded by Arts Council, England wherein she attempts to awaken audiences from environmental inertia.  

In the UK she has worked closely with Akademi, GemArts, British Council, Headway Arts, Kala Sangam, Dance City amongst others. Payal has also been listed as one of the 40 under 40 South Asian artists in the UK to watch out for, by Akademi. With several awards and titles under her belt, Payal regularly works to promote the form at grass root level. 

This work is being performed in collaboration with Supriya Nagarajan of Manasamitra and Duncan Chapman.  Manasamitra works towards delivering a range of exciting and original cross-cultural experiences.