On 24 June 2016, join us for a brand new take on the life and death of Leicester’s most famous King, Richard III. ArtBeat brings together three talented individuals to tell the story of Richard III through a rich mixture of fact, storytelling and beautiful traditional Indian dance. Come along to Avenue Primary School (4.30pm – 6.00 pm) and enjoy an afternoon which promises to be a unique experience – not only for kids but for all ages.
Richard III for Kids
The events of Richard III’s last day will be told through the classical Indian Bharat Natyam dance style. Nimisha Parmar will be using hand gestures, called mudras, and facial expression to tell the story. Aayush Parmar will accompany her on the drums. This dance is an ancient classical dance style that brings a whole new dimension to the story of Richard III.
Rosalind Adam, author of The Children’s Book of Richard III, will explain how a king’s body got to be under a city car park.
Dr. Richard Buckley, Director of the University of Leicester Archaeology Service, will demonstrate how Richard III’s body was located and identified.
There will be a question and answer session, followed by the chance for members of the audience to try out some traditional Indian dance moves.
Copies of The Children’s Book of Richard III will be available for purchase and author signing.
The session will take place at Avenue Primary School on June 24th from 4.30 until 6.00 pm. This is truly a must for your diary.
About the Presenters
Richard Buckley worked on his first archaeological excavation in Leicester as a schoolboy in 1974. He studied archaeology at the University of Durham returning to Leicester in 1979. He set up the University of Leicester Archaeological Services with Patrick Clay in 1995 where he is co-director. In 2012, he led the team of archaeologists in a search for the final resting place of Richard III in a car park in central Leicester. You can find out more about Dr. Buckley on the University of Leicester website.
Rosalind Adam is a Leicester writer with a particular interest in history. She has a History BA Hons Degree and was a teacher for many years. Her most recent publications include The Children’s History of Leicester and The Children’s Book of Richard III. She is a regular blogger at rosalindadam.blogspot.co.uk.
Nimisha Parmar is a trained Indian dance teacher. She is passionate about keeping the style of Bharat Natyam dance alive and holds regular classes in Leicester. She can be contacted on her Facebook page.