movement Director

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As a dancer, Sita performed for ten years as a soloist for Bollywood Brass Band. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, street, hip-hop, Bollywood, Bhangra and Irish dance. During her time with the National Youth Theatre she contributed choreography to productions and discovered her love of enabling actors to achieve complex choreography working on Spring Awakening at Warwick Arts Centre. Sita completed her Masters in Movement Directing and Teaching (funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she then taught for five years.

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WINNER: THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD
WINNER: BBC POPCORN AWARD FOR BEST NEW PLAY

 

"Whenever the boys are submerged below water, they’re so well choreographed that you almost forget there is no real liquid there"

★★★★ Guardian

"Kash is all bravado, launching himself into joyful bhangra dance routines and swimwear shopping with equal abandon. The story is given bags of atmosphere by James Button’s ingenious swimming pool set and Sita Thomas’s movement direction, which means the boys seem to float as they navigate unfamiliar waters."

★★★★ Financial Times

‘Sita Thomas’ stylised and occasionally synchronised choreography sees them suspend, frolic and dunk so artfully that we forget they are not actually in a pool!’

★★★★ Off/Stage

"The choreography of these young men at a swimming pool is clever and deftly done. At times I almost forgot there wasn't real water there."

★★★★ Broadway World

"The boisterous sounds of Desi bangers, including Panjabi MC’s Mundian to Bach Ke, fill the room as Kash playfully teases the audience with his slick bhangra moves. The choreography of the boys learning to swim is thought-out with precision – there’s no water but Kash and Mohsen really appear submerged and flailing as they attempt to float."

★★★★ Festmag

"The movement (Sita Thomas) is phenomenal, with the duo utterly convincing in their swimming attempts despite there being no water on stage at all."

★★★★ London Theatre 1

"The pool scenes, however, were beautifully choreographed."

★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions

"Sita’s work as Movement Director on our recent production of The Glee Club was superb. The movement was sensitive, perfectly in tune with every element of the show and meticulously researched. As a director of enormous ability herself, Sita understood the place of the movement within the story and was incredibly quick and adaptable, continuing to refine and integrate the movement as the show grew and changed. Her insight, knowledge and commitment helped to lift our production beyond the ordinary, contributing to the entire production, especially musical numbers that were undoubtedly the high points of the show, and which received rapturous audience response. I wholeheartedly recommend her as a movement director and very much hope to continue to work with Sita in the future."

Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director, Out of Joint