If you’d like to get involved in the making of Salt Eaters we

are offering free dance workshops where we will be looking to

create a core team to help realize the ambitions of Salt Eaters.

Salt Eaters

Theatre in the Mill & Amal

Salt Eaters is a site-specific interactive multi-sensory experience created by dance artist Mez Galaria with support from Theatre in the Mill and the Amal .

Salt Eaters is created specifically for small groups of women, an experience that transports them into the world, smells and sounds of Umda a Muslim dancer drawn out of the history books of Sambhar salt lake of Rajasthan.

It is based on historical records detailing the relationship between the moral ideology of salt as a communal resource and source of recompense for artists – a convention which was actively disrupted by the involvement of the East India Co across India and the subcontinent.



About the Installation

Salt Eaters will take place within a detailed yet fantastical recreation of the interior of a Haveli that can host multiple participants at one time for essentially a one-on-one experience. The installation will employ a panoramic sound design, hologrammatic film and sensory surprises to submerse audience members into an intimate recreation of a moment in the life of Umda.

This ritualistic experience is at the heart of Salt Eaters, participants will be enveloped in the sense of being in Rajasthan, witnessing the dance. On entering the space audience members will be greeted by Umda and her entourage and invited to take part in a tea ceremony served in a batekeeyas, accompanied by authentic desi chai and namkeen.

Three corners of the space will have their own installation design, a giant Salt pile slowly growing as salt falls from the ceiling, a hologram of Umda, and a series of musical instruments that ‘play themselves’ representing the band.

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About the Artist

Mez Galaria

Mez Galaria is a trained dancer and choreographer; in the decade since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance she has worked across the Bradford district teaching both drama and dance to hard-to-reach communities with Dance for Life. She has danced with two professional companies as a member of the core group and has worked as a dancer on a number of Bollywood films directed by Bosco Martis. Her work on stages in the region include the seminal Carnival Messiah with Geraldine Connor, Bollywood Jane at Leeds Playhouse, and 99 Percent Halal at Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill. In the past two years she has performed in a number of radio plays, including the Radio 4 play Breaking up with Bradford, written by Bradford-based writer Kamal Kaan and Partition, which was premiered on BBC Radio Leeds before being staged at Leeds Playhouse.

Her international work includes a seven-month tour of Italy and European tours with the famed Chipperfield and Bouglione Circus family shows.

She is one of the two stars of Bradford writer AA Dhand’s soon-to-be-released short film No Ordinary Life, set and filmed in the city. She is committed to making and presenting high quality work in the North.


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