Birmingham Dance Network (BDN) in collaboration with screen dance director Sima Gonsai have produced a short dance film that responds to the current climate crisis affecting the UK and global community.


The film responds to localised climate research about soil health focusing on soil toxic inheritance, farming practices and soil preservation. Told through South Asian dance, Cultivate highlights the human interconnectivity of soil and celebrates soil ecosystems.


The movement was created by dancer and choreographer Kesha Raithatha. Kesha has divided her time between India and the UK training in Kathak, Contemporary, Kalari Payattu, and various Indian folk forms.


” [this film] explores how we can cultivate a new culture to celebrate, preserve and heal the soil beneath our feet. Telling this story through dance and film enables us to artistically explore how the body can connect with the land. Soil health is a global issue and we hope this film will reach audiences worldwide.”

– Sima Gonsai, Director


Cultivate was announced as the winner in the ‘Best Experimental Short’ category at the London International Short Film Festival 2023.

Watch the award-winning ‘Cultivate’