“Home is knowing.
Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage.
If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.”
— Glinda (The Wizard of Oz)
The Rootless Company is a collaboration of Edinburgh based artists with diverse ethnic backgrounds. The majority of the company met during 2016’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe whilst performing in other projects and since then their passion for dance and music has not only brought them closer as an artistic collective but led them to explore how their disciplines have defined each and every one of them.
Gabriela Albornoz, Nandini Manjunath, Hardeep Deerhe and Ewa Adamiec represent both regions of Indian Culture through the captivating sound of the sitar and intricate North & South Indian Classical Dances Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam & Kathak. Estefany Correia brings the exotic and charm of Romani rhythms and dance telling the story of a culture that never stops travelling. The finishing touch to this charismatic ensemble of artists is brought to you by Inma Montero, Danielo Olivera and Daniel Martinez, who together connect all of these disciplines through the solemnity, elegance and power of Flamenco.
The result of this unique blend is a sensational audio-visual experience not to be missed. ‘From India to Triana’ will captivate your imagination through the passion of these emerging local artists whose aim is to explore dance and music as a binding element that connects all of humankind.
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel absolutely alive.”
- Merce Cunningham -
I would like to think I found my passion in dance but in all honesty Dance found me. From an impulsive decision to learn Kathak to the undergraduate degree is choreography and my further training in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, I had been led by something beyond my awareness. Having trained in Kathak under Guru Dr. Maya Rao since 2009 and having been exposed various aspects of Dance, movement and choreography including Indian martial art forms, basics of classical and folk dances and stage design, lighting and production led me to pursuing Dancing professionally and continuing engaging with my passion for the performing arts when I moved to UK to study. For now dancing and Kathak is for me an expression of self, a universe that is open to limitless exploration and my path towards find myself.
Sodhi is an accomplished Indian musician from Glasgow who's tutelage started at the age of 12 and belongs to the Farukhabad and Punjab Tradition of Tabla playing. A highly motivated and innovative teacher and session player. He has been actively associated with the multicultural rhythm landscape of UK and Europe and has been part of numerous world music collaborations over the years. One of his milestones was achieved in 2015, Sodhi was invited to Pune (India) to perform the opening concert for the 63rd Sawai Gandharva Festival which is recognised as the greatest Indian classical stage in the world. The first Scottish born musician ever to play there.
He recently started the 'Talking Tabla Academy' based in Glasgow training students in the art of tabla and Indian rhythm patterns.
I guess it was simply inevitable, after my first class of Indian Classical Dance, that was it. Something made sense in my brain and my body, both at the same time! I felt connected, full and free.
Slowly but surely I started a process in which dance became a healing tool capable of providing the balance between the mind and the body.
I joined Güngur Arts Buenos Aires in 2008 and began my training under the guidance of Natalia Salgado in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam, I became part of Güngur Arts dance company in 2011 .
Challenging as it was, dance became the centre of my day to day life, a source of passion and joy and the inspiration to constant evolution.
In 2015, after moving to Scotland, I joined Ihayami School and soon became part of the Dance Ihayami Company , Priya Srikumar's teaching became a strong influence in my dance and performatic vocabulary.
I regularly travel to India to train with the renowned Kishore Mosalikanti - Kuchipudi Master; Shri Jayan Kumar -Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer .
Being part of The Rootless Company is a way of defying any limitations allowing the space for creativity to take over and guide the way to new experiences.
Danielo is a Flamenco musician; although primarily a singer, he also plays the guitar and percussion instruments. Danielo has worked & collaborated in many different music projects and groups involving Flamenco, Latin Music amongst other styles within the UK music scene since 2002. He has also been a regular performer within the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2005, involved in many different projects.
Danielo is a Lead Practitioner & Workshop Organiser, where he delivers Music, Rhythm and Body Language workshops within schools, hospitals and various centres, focussing mainly on people from a wide social background and age group, as well as mental health and physical and learning disabilities.
In his words: " Being part of the Rootless Company gives me a platform of creation and development of ideas. I have been involved in flamenco fusion projects since 2002 and particularly within the fusion of Indian and Flamenco, so I wanted to continue developing these experiences. I’ve always been very interested in mixing different styles and searching for new expressive musical and rhythmical forms”.
Inma Montero has been a well known flamenco singer, dance teacher and choreographer within the Scottish scene since 2011. She is part of many different projects and she has been working as a flamenco teacher offering training to dancers and musicians of all levels and ages in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.
Inma has also been an active member of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the last 7 years, receiving several 5 star reviews during this time.
Born in Cordoba, Spain she has been involved in flamenco classes and workshops since she was only 7 years old. In her own words: 'I cant find another way to live but singing and dancing'.
In 2013 Inma co-created her own flamenco band alongside Danielo Olivera, working with special guests from Spain and performing regularly in various places, running workshops and working for the community..
'Rootless is the best choice to connect my body my voice and my mind with other dance disciplines and musicians learning from the differences and similarities that characterize this fusion. The freedom to create with other artists from a different perspective transports me to a time when it did not matter what belonged to whom.'
Alec was born and raised in Argentina, where he started learning guitar at the age of 12. After finishing high school he moved to USA to pursue a degree in composition at Berklee College of Music. He then continued his studies by doing a Master's in Musicology at the University of Surrey, during which time he became increasingly attracted to Indian classical music. As a result, he decided to do a PhD on Indian music at the University of Edinburgh, and learn sitar from Varanasi-based guru Debashish Sanyal. Alec is currently based in Edinburgh, where he co-directs 'The Sitar Project' (a group promoting Indian classical music in Scotland), and both performs and teaches sitar on a regular basis.
'Playing with the musicians in Rootless has challenged me to find new ways of approaching my instrument.
Attempting to match the rhythms, melodies and harmonies of these distinct musical genres has been a fascinating journey of musical exploration. In the process, we have encountered both surprising similarities and notable differences, resulting from common roots and distinct histories.
Incorporating dance has made this project all the more enjoyable, as it adds an additional musical and visual dimension to our performance. The dancers bring an amazing energy which inspires us as musicians to play with more feeling and expression.'
I am a Flamenco guitarist and I started playing guitar at the age of 7, when my studies at Córdoba's Professional Conservatoire of Music began. I chose to study Flamenco guitar as I fell in love with its expression, rhythm and emotion and I am fortunate to have learnt to play the guitar at the hands of respected teachers and artists such as Paco Serrano, Juan José Gutierrez, Manolo Franco, Daniel Navarro "Niño Pura", Gabriel Expósito, David Pino and so many more that I have had the pleasure to work with during my 14 years’ of study. I am licensed in Flamenco Guitar and I’m actually the first student to obtain the title in Elementary Grade, Professional Grade and Licensed Grade since the official grading system begun.
I am now 25 years old and I have dedicated the last 18 years to learning, performing and teaching Flamenco guitar. My company ‘Daniel Martinez Flamenco’ was launched in October 2017 with the debut of my first production ‘The Art of Believing’ which I am currently touring the UK with. I have performed professionally in various productions within Great Britain as well as running my own Flamenco guitar school between the UK and Cordoba since 2010.
I am really excited to be a part of Rootless as working with different artists from different musical backgrounds will be an interesting journey that we look forward to sharing during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.