Yaatra – Jaivant Patel dance


A sharing of research and development towards an evening of work that explores Javant’s relationship with personal faith and spirituality, in parallel with his own experiential journey in dance. The research is provoked by his experiences as a homosexual man of dual heritage.

Jaivant is an independent dance artist, cultural producer, choreographer and arts consultant based in Wolverhampton. He graduated from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2004 with a BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance and has worked with choreographers such as Sharon Watson, Laurent Cavanna, Jeremy Nelson, Bisakha Sarker, Tanusree Shankar, Shobana Jeyasingh and Nahid Siddiqui.

He is artistic director of Jaivant Patel Dance (JPD), which exists to communicate ‘my British-Asian identity, voice my experiences and challenge complexities of inherited notions, perceptions and stereotypes.’

Recently he was commissioned to create a collaborative duet with called ‘praKRIti’ for Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival.

Recognised as future leader in the arts, Jaivant was selected in 2015 for both Dance UK’s Dancers Mentoring and Choreographers Observerships Programmes. In 2016 he was also successfully selected for Birmingham’s pilot cultural leadership programme ‘Re:Present’.

He is also an Independent Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England.

Jaivant also runs a voluntary organisation called Jai Jashn Dance (JJD). Influenced by Indian dance heritage, JJD, delivers Bollywood-based community dance classes. The success of JJD has also seen a youth performance group being formed from its members.


Wednesday 1st November (7:30pm) at mac Birmingham
Wednesday 29th November (7.30pm) at Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

The sharing will include a post-performance Q+A for audience feedback and discussion.


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