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Mayuri Boonham

Choreographer

Biography

Mayuri Boonham is Artistic Director and Choreographer of ATMA Dance and a Choreographic Affiliate with The Royal Ballet. Works for the Royal Opera House include Vac II (Draft Works 2013), Forsaken (Deloitte Ignite Festival 2013), Tiger-Bharatanatyam (Exposure: Dance, 2011), To Paganini: the Fifth Veda with Anthony Marwood (Clore Studio Summer Collection, 2007) and Ex nihilo/The Human Edge (Royal Ballet and ATMA Dance).

Boonham trained in classical Bharata Natyam dance under Prakash Yadagudde at the Bhavan Centre, Institute of Indian Fine Arts and Culture, London, and gave her traditional debut solo performance in 1996. In 1997 she co-founded the company Angika and toured nationally and across Europe 1997–2008. She was joint choreographer in residence at The Place 2004–6 and in 2009 launched ATMA Dance with two new touring works, Sivaloka and Ghatam (both nominated for London Fringe Festival Awards and featured in a 2011 BBC4 dance documentary). She was appointed Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate in September 2012.

Boonham regularly collaborates with a wide range of international artists and performers, including Mercury Music Prize winner Talvin Singh and India’s leading electronica composer duo MIDIval PunditZ. In summer 2013 she created Erhebung, a dance-sonic-sculpture installation devised in collaboration with sound artist Bill Fontana, sculptor Jeff Lowe and costume designer Moritz Junge. Boonham's work in television includes the BBC1 drama Remember Me (Mammoth Screen) with Michael Palin and Julia Sawalha.

News and features

Mayuri Boonham on fusing Indian classical dance with ballet in Ex Nihilo/The Human Edge

Mayuri Boonham on fusing Indian classical dance with ballet in Ex Nihilo/The Human Edge

25 April 2014

Mayuri's new works star Yuhui Choe and Kenta Kura and are inspired by Hindu tales and creation myths.

Ancient Hindu epic and Giuseppe Verdi opera to meet at first weekend of Deloitte Ignite

Ancient Hindu epic and Giuseppe Verdi opera to meet at first weekend of Deloitte Ignite

6 September 2013

Choreographer Mayuri Boonham to present dance work inspired by the Ramayana and Otello.

Draft Works 2013: A chance for dancers to play with movement

Draft Works 2013: A chance for dancers to play with movement

23 April 2013

First Artist Nathalie Harrison on swapping performing for choreographing.

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