A REIMAGINING of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring promises to be one of the highlights of the spring season at Kala Sangam.

The May 23 performance at the Bradford arts centre will be the first time the famous ballet has been presented in the Indian classical dance style.

Award-winning choreographer and performer Seeta Patel has teamed with six dancers to recreate The Rite of Spring in the powerful style of Bharatanatyam.

Patel’s production is hailed as an exciting flirtation between East and West as it looks beyond notions of the exotic and orientalist perceptions of Eastern classical arts.

She plans a transformative re-telling using intricate rhythmic footwork, expressive prowess, geometric and dynamic movement.

Ruhaani, on June 1, will feature musicians John Ball, Vijay Venkat and Sarah Yaseen. It will explore the threads that connect Sufi folk music traditions with both North and South Indian classical music, drawing on the sacred song forms of Qawaali, Nasheeds and Nath.

Awaken, featuring Eliot Smith Dance, is a triple bill of bold and exciting contemporary works on June 19. Celebrating the centenary of Bradford Cathedral, the pieces will look at the relationship between music and the brain, explore death and resurrection, and provide a contrasting playful and dynamic mood.

July 19 will see 6 Feet, 3 Shoes, a performance of cross-border friendships and cultural exchange. Dancer Jenni Wren and company artists from Slanjayvah Danza will perform a mix of Flamenco, Scottish and contemporary dance.

The performance will be full of feisty dance, live music and storytelling, drawing upon “cultural references and humour, traditional foot stomping rhythms, tender moments and a good old giggle”.

Pupils of Kala Utsav, Kala Sangam’s Academy, celebrate their achievements in dance, music and Tamil language on July 13.

Coming up are the exhibition Other Visions of Bradford (May 10/11), an end-of-year Showcase by Bradford College End of Year Showcase (15 May), and the BIASAN exhibition launch (May 30).

Other events at the venue will include Poetry Open Mic Night (June 13), show The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (June 27-29), Imaam Imraan (July 1-4), drama Funny Feelings (July 5), Mannequin exhibition launch (July 25) and the UK Indie Lit Fest (July 27).

Call 01274 303340 or visit kalasangam.org for further information.