Apple ‘N’ Spice shortlisted for a national Fantastic for Families Award

Apple ‘N’ Spice shortlisted for a national Fantastic for Families Award

We are delighted to announce that Apple ‘N’ Spice has been shortlisted for a Fantastic for Families Award in the Best Family Arts Activity category.

Fantastic For Families Awards are given by Family Arts Campaign, the national Investment Principles Support Organisation for arts engagement and families, funded by Arts Council England. Now in its tenth year, the Fantastic for Families Awards is an annual programme open to UK-based cultural organisations or cultural activity organisers, providing creative opportunities, activities, or initiatives for families and older people.

The winners of the Fantastic For Families 2023 Awards will be announced on 22 November 2023.

Visit familyarts.co.uk/2023-awards to find out more about the Fantastic For Families Awards programme.

Magical Honey Premiere, 7th May 2023 at Cambridge Junction

Magical Honey Premiere, 7th May 2023 at Cambridge Junction

Join Maya’s world of Magical Honey with dance, magic, storytelling and live music.

Young Maya loves to draw and read and harnesses her own magic with the help of the celestial being Saraswati. Together they explore the mystical world around them where they discover dancing peacocks, flowers appearing as if from nowhere, and the buzzing sound of imaginary bees. But behold, her foe Miss. Tusra! The evil headmonster, oops, headteacher believes that no one should enjoy art.

Maya now needs your help and a little bit of magic to combat Miss. Tusra and restore the beauty of her enchanting world. Can you help her?

Commissioned by Akademi, Cambridge Junction (Stobb’s New Ideas Award), DanceEast, Mercury Theatre, The Library Presents and Arts Council England.

"Impactful storytelling and mesmerising music. But of course, the dancers were magical."
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30th show of Apple ‘N’ Spice at The Library Presents

30th show of Apple ‘N’ Spice at The Library Presents

Apple ‘N’ Spice is coming home in Cambridge one more time for this year!

Thrilled to be programmed in the Autumn season of The Library Presents on Sun, 13th Nov 2022, 2pm at The Clay Farm Centre, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9FN.

Hurry and book your tickets now! This will mark our 30th show of Apple ‘N’ Spice to date!

Magical Honey R&D Sharings

Magical Honey R&D Sharings

Our award-winning work Magical Honey completes its Phase 2 R&D at DanceEast in the week of 25th Oct – 28th Oct, 2022.

Supported by Akademi, Arts Council England, Cambridge Junction, DanceEast, Mercury Theatre Colchester and The Library Presents, we will be sharing the work in progress to an invited audience on the following days:

  • Fri, 28th Oct 2022, 2pm at DanceEast, Ipswich
  • Tue, 22nd Nov 2022, 2pm at Castle School, Cambridge (private sharing for the school children only)
  • Sat, 26th Nov 2022, 1pm at Ely Library

See poster for more details. For invited guests only. Sharings can be attended online on Zoom or in person.

Apple ‘N’ Spice Showcase – The Library Presents

Apple ‘N’ Spice Showcase – The Library Presents

The Library Presents brings Apple ‘N’ Spice as a live performance for their brand new Autumn Season 2021.

Produced by Sanskruti Dance, this show is suitable for children and families bringing together dance, story-telling, shadow puppetry and more! There will be three showcases on the following dates:

Date & Venue: Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Arbury Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, Cambridge, CB4 2ET

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Date & Venue: Sunday, 14th Nov, 2021 at Sawston Library, 41 New Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3BP

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm & 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Why Apple ‘n’ Spice?

Why Apple ‘n’ Spice?

Once upon a time, my three-year old stood outside the kitchen safety gate and asked me, ‘Mummy, is Ram’s stepmother queen the same as Snow White’s stepmother queen?’

My immediate answer was ‘Yes’, they are the same! This was enough to make my daughter happy and off she went back to her Snow White story book. I realised that my daughter had just mixed two culturally distinct stories, Ramayana and Snow White, in her head and made it into one! How simple was that!!

This question from a three-year old was the beginning of Apple ‘n’ Spice.

I’ve been teaching Bharatanatyam, a south Asian classical dance form to children for more than a decade. Bharatanatyam has its roots in Indian stories and mythologies and many times I have seen students in my class not being able to relate to these stories. Cultural differences I guess…

So what if I mix stories and then try to convey it through Bharatanatyam? Would children understand that better? Would they enjoy Bharatanatyam more? My daughter’s question has surely given rise to more questions for me to explore. Apple ‘n’ Spice is the very first attempt.

Apple ‘n’ Spice is for my children who made me understand that a child’s mind is the best thinking-tank full of imagination the children whose parents trusted me to be their child’s dance teacher all children - past, present and future