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A women dances surrounded by falling paper. She is holding a book and her hair is in braids.

Aakash Odedra and Lewis Major's Little Murmur Term 3

7 – 9 August 2024

In the Studio

Schools

A Dance Theatre Performance Stages 2 - 6 | Little Murmur is a new international dance theatre performance for schools. Groundbreaking projections, an extraordinary soundscape and a blizzard of paper and confetti, combined with dance and humour, the performance explores living with dyslexia and the warped and exaggerated realities of being in a world you struggle to process.

The sheer authority and brilliance of the show’s movement and dance, and the superb animated sequences which accompany it struck a profound chord with the audience.

The Scotsman

Watch bodies and words fly like flocks of birds, a murmuration, a little murmur

Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Aakash Odedra found school very challenging: he spelt his name wrongly until he was 21 and it wasn’t until he “found the missing ‘A’ that he felt he belonged. Defined by his learning difficulties, not his abilities, dance became his mode of expression.

Combining visual design and technology with dance and humour, Little Murmur explores the warped and exaggerated realities of living in a world you struggle to process. Based on Aakash’s hugely moving show Murmur 2.0, this stunning visual treat is an honest and heart felt conversation about the trials and tribulations of living with dyslexia, facing challenges and overcoming the odds.

Sydney Opera House presents an Aakash Odedra Company, Lewis Major Projects and Spark Arts for Children production, supported by The British Council

Vital Spark is a movement addressing the lack of diversity in the Performance for Young Audiences sector in the UK. 

 

Teacher’s resource pack

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Curriculum links

Little Murmur is an honest and heartfelt conversation about the experience of living with dyslexia, retold for young audiences. It explores themes of identity, expression and learning methods. It supports dance students in developing their own concepts and compositions and for drama students exploring physicality and personal experience in individual and group performance. The work can open up discussions around identity, difference, inclusion and empathy in the classroom and could tie in with wellbeing initiatives for year groups.

The performance supports general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities around literacy, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding, and intercultural understanding.

Learning resources

The Opera House’s learning resources provide inspirational activities to watch, listen and read for students in the classroom or learning at home. 

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About Aakash Odedra Company

Aakash Odedra Company was founded in Leicester in 2011 and named after Artistic Director Aakash Odedra. Aakash was born in Birmingham, UK and lives in Leicester. He is a globally recognised and award winning dancer and choreographer. His choreography pushes boundaries, responding to and drawing inspiration from contemporary issues. As a British Asian, Aakash Odedra uses his voice to translate ancient and contemporary movement languages to tell new stories.

The Spark Arts for Children

The Spark gives children opportunities to immerse themselves in the arts. We offer children spaces to discover their own skills, passions and potential, as audience, participants and creators of their own work. We do this through commissioning and producing high quality, diverse and innovative programmes; organising a bold and imaginative children’s arts festival and by championing cultural education activity. The production of Little Murmur has been enabled through Vital Spark, a movement addressing the lack of diversity in the Performance for Young Audiences sector.

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