Photo- Dr. Menaka PP Bora in an Indian experimental dance work (Photo Credit- UB Photos)
We are delighted to participate once again in this year’s Open House London, the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. Last year we had more than 1,000 visitors to Asia House in the course of the weekend, and look forward to welcoming friends as well as those new to Asia House for the first time.
There will also be an exciting opportunity to engage with the award-winning Indian classical dancer, choreographer and ethnomusicologist, Dr. Menaka P P Bora, known for her practice based on a contemporary study of Sattriya Dance, as she performs an experimental site specific performance piece especially choreographed for Asia House throughout the day for Open House London. As Oxford University’s Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Bora will explore the architectural history of Asia House and its contemporary purpose through the concept of ‘creation’ and ‘destruction’ of bricks, memories, legacies and imagined futures.
This year Asia House will open for one day, Sunday 20 September from 11am until 5pm to allow visitors the opportunity to learn more about the history behind this 18th century townhouse and its fascinating architectural features. Designed by architect John Johnson in the late 1700’s having taken on the project from the Adams brothers, Asia House is one of two adjoining London Coade stone townhouses and the former Institute of Psychoanalysis. (No. 61 is now the Energy Institute). Home to Asia House since 2006, 63 New Cavendish Street has become the centre for expertise on Asia with a range of business and policy events, festivals and performing arts including dance, music, film, fashion, as well as art and design.