The Place is mourning the sudden death of Rashpal Singh Bansal at the age of 29.
For the past 10 years, Rashpal was part of the artistic community of The Place, as a student at London Contemporary Dance School and as a performer and choreographer. He made his Resolution! debut in 2004 and in 2005 presented a full evening of works in our theatre, including that year's Robin Howard Foundation Commission. His work was also included in the Spring Loaded season in 2008. He was a regular presence at The Place, developing his own work and supporting that of other artists.
We will miss the work of a singular artist, and the company of a good friend.
"This is tragic news of a young man on the brink of a brilliant future which ended all too abruptly. I remember Rashpal as a choreography student; serious and single-minded, contemplative and brilliant. His work was carefully controlled: formal in its construction of space and line but mercurial in its use of energy and time. Beneath Rashpal's serene demeanor was a tentative smile and a tangle of doubts and questions. We all loved him for this. I wish he could have seen the beauty of his young soul - as we did." Karen Greenhough
"We were shocked and desperately saddened by the news of Rashpal's death. Such a deeply considerate and creative young man, whose work enhanced the space. Our thoughts and condolences go to all who loved and worked with him." The staff of Jerwood Space
"Rashpal was an important figure in Woking Dance Festival's programme between 2005 - 2008, when I was its director. I first saw his work outdoors and was struck by the clarity of his vision and the subtelty of his approach. We commissioned two works from him and presented his only full-evening programme. His death touches me deeply. We have lost a singular artist, who sometimes struggled and often suceeded in expressing what he wanted to say in his art. Rashpal never took the easy path, always searching for genuine authenticity and his own voice, often doubting his own capacity, yet determined in his quest. Rashpal introduced me to a number of wonderful dancers with whom I still work now. His influence remains and I will cherish his memory." Eckhard Thiemann
"I feel such a great sadness... Not only for the dance world that lost such a talented and wonderful artist but for the real world that lost such a beautiful young man. I will cherish all the memories, sadness and happiness we once shared...Rashpal was a friend." Monica Argenton
"I am deeply shocked by this sad news and am sending my condolences to Rashpal's family. I knew Rashpal as a student at London Contemporary Dance School and he was very talented." Kirsty McLeod-Jones
"I am shocked and sad to learn of Rashpal's death. My fondest memory of Rashpal is of him dancing in one of Mary Evelyn's contemporary classes at LCDS just before he graduated in 2002. He and Freddie Opoku-Addaie were dancing a travelling phrase together across the studio and Mary was crying tears of pride - because these two boys had changed and matured so much and here they were beautiful dancers ready to go out into the world...and that is exactly what they did with determination and passion. I remember that day often - it was such a happy moment recognised by all who were present. He will be sadly missed by us all." Charlotte Spencer
"My memory of Rashpal is in Year One Stagecraft sessions, alongside Freddie, both making tentative 'steps' into the notion of design. Then I observed his successful progress into the wider world of dance making. I am now realising how much I am going to miss his face at the Costume Room door, sharing the latest success or seeking support, advice and practical help for his next dance work. Blessings and Peace." Jenny Henry
"Five years ago Rashpal and I met and worked together for the first and only time. And now it turns out to have been the last time, a fact I cannot really believe, but just sense with a dull, infinite sadness. We used to walk back to Holloway Road tube station after rehearsals. His conversation was just like his choreography and his dancing: beautiful, wired, nimble, serious, vulnerable, honest, startling and challenging. A challenge directed at the comfortable habits I rub along with when there is nobody like Rashpal around to wake me up. He loved video games, and he suggested that I couldn't really be a modern man since I knew nothing about them. That made me smile then, and now it makes me sad and thoughtful, since he is probably right. But we did share a passion for all forms of musical electronica, and CDs were exchanged, and obscure Japanese record labels chased up. Rashpal broadened my mind and opened my ear. He knew the difference between modern and fashionable all right though. Even if the intensity of his dedication to his dance art, rather than to the immediate success it might bring him or the boxes he might be expected to tick, might seem old-fashioned these days ... ah, come on, let's be honest, in that way too you will be ahead of your time, dear friend. In a brief spell you taught me a lot. I wish we had had more time on our walks home. I wish we had had another chance to work together. I wish that it would not be only the vivid image of you that will keep arriving in my mind whenever some unfamiliar challenge of modern life and times turns up that I am too lazy to get to grips with. I wish many things. I so wish I'd told you all this earlier. I wish you were still here." Glyn Perrin
"Studying together at The Place I felt at ease next to your thinking, searching mind. It felt good to have a person around also digging into it, in a different way but with similar intentions. It somehow made me feel a little less lonely in it. I think we respected each other a lot, we did not talk very often but the moments that seemed to happen we knew we knew already. It's like it was clear and not necessary to stress that the other was also on a similar track. Meeting him (un)expectedly in Facets 2006 in Bangalore was a similar beautiful blessing. Short effective exchanges, profound observations of each others work and only half words needed to help the other one into a creative catalysation. One day after class we started improvising together and funnily enough we had not really ever done that consciously but it was as all the rest, naturally, inspiring and a beautiful mutual respect and communication. That filled me with great joy... without having walked the path of really intertwining with each other I knew that we could tap into a deep connection at any moment, any place. What only strikes me now in a delayed memory is that he was very hard on his own work there, harder than I had noticed when we were still in school. I know the scars of that whip as well but I truly meant it that I thought that the solo he made at Facets 2006 was the only piece there that had the beauty of truth and the braveness of sincerety in it. So here I want to say this again to you Rashpal. I am sorry I could not dance it for you because I was making my own work, also sorry that you could not dance in mine because you were making your work (what a funny discussion was that). But I will never cease to hear his thoughts thinking during his little 'hm' while speaking and listening. I felt he always listened, fastly understanding, but he listened, really... Travel well my friend..." Caroline D'Haese
"I first met Rashpal Singh Bansal when he was a student at NewVIc (Newham Sixth Form College). He was part of a group of delightful students who agreed to participate in a photo-shoot for East London Dance's very first corporate brochure. He immediately stood out, flying over benches on East Ham High Street with enthusiasm and presence. He had a wonderful intensity and commitment which stood out even in those early days of his encounter with dance. Rashpal went on to become an outstanding performer in the dance projects which followed - V-TOL Dance Company's Running Scared at Trinity Buoy Wharf and our Integrated Dance Projects with the Greenhill Day Centre are two notable examples - and it was these early projects, with exceptional dancers such as Rashpal, which inspired us and continue to have a significant influence on the development of our work here in East London. We watched Rashpal's extraordinary achievements and growth as a dancer and choreographer as he went on to The Place to study and to become an artist in his own right. When Stratford Circus re-launched in June 2005 we had no hesitation in commissioning him, in partnership with NewVIc and alongside his great friend Freddie Opoku-Addaie, to create a piece especially for this occasion. It was a privilege to have artists of his calibre involved. Whenever we met Rashpal would challenge my thinking in the best possible way. Quietly determined he would ask questions and share his thoughts about dance, choreography, performance and much more. I welcomed these occasions and will miss them. Rashpal had a sharply enquiring mind and his last performance here as part of our Dance Currents season exemplified his intelligence and commitment to his work. His stunning duet left us breathless - beautifully crafted and highly charged with an emotional depth, which demonstrated his growing artistic maturity and confidence. We are so sad to have had to say farewell so soon but we will always celebrate and value his special contribution to East London Dance." Kiki Gale and all at East London Dance
"Rash - we're in Edinburgh doing it all, every single day for you. That's the only way it can possibly make any sense. I shall miss you dearly."
"Truly sad news. I had the pleasure of working with Rashpal on many of his earlier projects. I truly enjoyed working with him, exchanging creative ideas and discussing dance in the curious and intensive way only possible with him. During this time we both grew and gained confidence in our artistic abilities, and I thank him for that. Having him as a collaboartor and a friend was very important to me. He was incredibly caring and it was always lovely to spend time with him and Freddie, teasing each other about various things and relaxing. I will miss his visits to the costume room." Sharon Coleman
"I remember Rashpal's kind thoughtfulness and VERY generous smile. I remember early EDge rehearsals, watching parts of Wayne McGregor's choreography "Phase Space" transferring itself from a person in a video onto Rashpal's very different body. Rashpal had a big solo in that piece, and the movement came across with a beautifully effortless sincerity. I probably never expressed my admiration for the work you were doing, assuming you knew its quality - and all of a sudden, you left the group. I never saw you struggle, Rashpal - this is an apology! I never saw that. I never knew why you left us, but I really wish I had found those words back then - now the words of admiration finally came but you are gone. We were never what you might call close friends - but somehow I knew that you were a person I would not hesitate to trust. That says a lot about you. Now you have suddenly left us, once more. Rest peacefully, Rashpal. Yet the memories of you won't rest in peace - they will dance, move and inspire us." Hallvord Reiar Michaelsen Steen
"I feel so sad at this dreadful news. I will miss Rashpal's enquiring mind and his questions that taught me so much, and I will miss his smile and generous nature. I knew him as a softly spoken, talented, curious, and respectful young man, and I feel there will be an emptiness at The Place without him - such has been his influence, first as a student, then as a professional artist." Sonia Noonan
"An engaging performer, gifted, intense, generous and always searching.... it was a short but a sweet meeting.... thank you, I shall miss u." Gerrard Martin
"I regret that I will not be able to attend Rashpals funeral to say goodbye, but I would like to express my deepest sympathies and respects to his family. Rashpal has always been a very special person to myself and many others. He was an inspiration not only as a choreographer and fellow student but also as a person. Rashpal never failed to strive for excellence in all his undertakings and found a way of getting the best out of everyone. I am very sad that he will not complete his extradionary jouney and I mourn his loss. I hope he will rest peacefully." Kerstin Andlaw Hetzinger
"We were all lucky enough to work with Rashpal delivering Random Dance education projects. Most people will think of Rashpal as a beautiful dancer and talented choreographer - we knew him as a passionate and inspirational teacher. He was of course committed to his professional dancing and choreographing, but he was also committed to his work with young people. He set himself and them high standards and he realised the potential in them that they had not necessarily seen in themselves. His energy and sparkle in his eye engaged some of the hardest to reach - converting some of the most challenging young people into dance lovers. Organisation was not one of his strongest points, but his sense of humour and quick wit would carry him through many a situation. We and all those young people that he inspired will miss him so much. There was so much more to see." Amy McGann, Rachel Evans, Anja Schall, Sarah Golding, Kate Mummery, Xenoula Eleftheriades, Jake Nwogu, Kate Scanlan and Janina Rajakangas.
"My memory of you is your really tender sweet eyes." Sonia Rodrigues
"My memory of you Rashpal ... in your second year Music and Choreography project at LCDS. Amidst all the instinctive, crafted, beautiful movement ... a smile. In that one short smile you conveyed to me both a sense of ease and pleasure and of how somehow, that smile was hard-won. It's an image that has kept coming back to me over the intervening years. I felt and still feel privileged that you chose some of my music to dance with, just as I feel privileged to have known you during the too short time you were with us." Jamie McCarthy
"Dear Rashpal, I'm so sorry I could not be with you and your family and friends today, but I remembered you from a studio overlooking the harbour in Bergen. I remembered your deep love of your city - cosmopolitan London, your gleaming, cheeky, bright eyes and interrogating mind, your questions and conversation, your love of Wong Kar Wai, your electronica collection, your natural musicality and how movement poured out of you, your transparent honesty in performance, your desire not to be pigeon-holed, your political vigour, your perfectionism, your friendship, wit and care.....and I will remember. Go well dear Rashpal." Gill Clarke
"Rashpal you were an amazing, creative man of whom so many of us respected, loved and cherished. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to dance and study alongside you. Your exuberating energy as you danced across the studio, your use of breath, and the focus and commitment that you held to each and every movement will never leave my memory. Somehow you passed this energy to others as you danced with them, travelling next to you in class made me feel and dance in a different way, thank you. I will always remember the chats we had when we met to discuss our future plans when we graduated and how again your drive to dance and create work, in the right situation, was infectious. I wish you peace Rash and am glad I was part of your journey. xxxx" Meg Howard
"I remember, Autumn of 2005, I attended a number of company classes with Rashpal Singh Bansal. I had just recently moved to London from Scotland and knew very few professional artists here. I took class with his company following a chance meeting with one of his dancers, we took class at the Jerwood space, where I now work, and Clarence Mews... both places now familiar rehearsal, meeting, and work (!) places for me.. Since then I met him many times at performances at The Place, and often by chance on the terraces of cafes around London. I remember him smiling across the rim of his cup as we discussed circles and lines around choreography and performance. He was easy to smile, and I felt such a sense of peace and balance in those conversations. He was wise, generous, always encouraging, interested in sharing and hearing thoughts. I only heard of his death today, I wish his family all the comfort and support that my memories can offer and hope there is peace. Rashpal plays an integral part in the formation and resolve I have in myself as a dancer and creator I will miss him, knowing that I won't be sharing a chance coffee and a chinwag again." Aedin Walsh
"I have no words to explain what it means for you to be gone. I first met you in the second year of our primary school and it was then you told me you wanted to be a magician, you showed me some tricks and I was sure you would make a great magician. On to our journey in the final year at secondary school you told me you wanted to be an artist and what a fantastic artist you would have made. I remember your illusions art piece you had submitted for the final exams and I to date have never seen a masterpiece like I dud in 1996. Then onto college, we were in Performing Arts...it was then I realised that actually you would make an excellent performer for your sheer dedication was clear. You went on to achieve great things I was so so proud. But now that you have gone I feel I have lost a dear dear friend who I often treated as a younger brother, I remember I would say I am 6 days older than you and you would just laugh. I will cherish all these memories of us and look back at them when I think of you. You were truly a star. Sartinder I am thinking of you today and am deeply sorry for your loss." Rekha Chander from our journey together from 1987 to 1998
"I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of Rashpal's sudden death. He was a highly talented young artist and it is tragic that he died so early in his artistic journey. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. Rest in peace Rashpal, we will always celebrate your achievements. In a short space of time you made an important contribution to dance in this country which will be remembered and respected by many." Janet Archer, Director, Dance Strategy, Arts Council England
"To Rashpal's family: I met Rashpal just as he was leaving Newham Sixth Form College. While I did not know him well, I had the honour of commissioning him to create a piece for the NewVIc students following him. I remember feeling humbled by his intelligent, fast, inventive, vital work - and delighting in the thought of what he would make in future years. There is a profound sense of sadness and loss of a vital young artist who had so much to offer the world - and also for a soul who had overcome so much to follow his calling. My deepest sympathies for your loss. I hope you find your peace, Rashpal - go well." Jo Parkes
"I would like to say thank you to everyone who has commented on my brother. It feels so good to see how much he was loved. I am sure he will very happy to know this too. He always said that he wanted to leave a mark and the he wanted his name to be known. Each and everyone of you have proved that he has achieved the biggest thing he wanted in life. I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart and also on behalf of my family and my beloved brother Rashpal Singh Bansal, whose place can never be filled in our lives. Goldy, I hope you can see the love you are getting, I just wish you could be here to see the love you are getting and how much everyone loved you and will miss you. I would also like to personal thank Kerstin for your comments. He recently spoke to me about you and how he wanted to talk to you and get in touch. Unfortunately that will not happen now and the reason why will remain a mistery of life. Please get in touch if you wanted to talk we will be happy to see you Kerstin. Also a personal thankyou to Rekha: he always talked about you and the times spent together during school days. I, his sister, and the family will be happy to speak to any of you if any would like to get in touch then please do: my number is 07534 921 135. It is known that if you share one happiness then the happiness spends, but if you share one sorrow then it helps to reduce the pain." Satinder Nagra
"I first got to know Rash in rehearsals for 'Anticipating Motion', a workshop performance at The Place in December 2000. It was a duet that, to this day, I still remember. You were driven, focused, passionate and not to forget a perfectionist! The hours we spent in those studios were some of the best memories I have. You taught me so much and gave me an opportunity and experience that I will never forget. As characters we were chalk and cheese which fascinated both of us as to how the other one ticked. From this journey we became great friends and went on to work with each other for a long time. I remember many nights in Mabel's pub, over a few pints of Carlsberg and a bowl of chips, deep discussions about whatever was on our mind at the time. I am so proud to have worked with you, laughed with you, studied with you and talked with you. You were always determined to succeed and you did! I will forever be grateful to have known you Rash and it breaks my heart having to write this. I will never forget you. The programme notes for 'Anticipating Motion' were: ' A journey of experience, exploration and preparation. Preparation for the hereafter, exploration of the past and an emotional experience of the present.'" Rachel Trevor
"I was so shocked to hear of Rasphal's passing and my thoughts and love go to all of his family and friends. I never doubted Rash's artistic integrity but when he needed help and support with his administration, finance and tax questions, I felt privileged that he chose to speak to me. I had many relaxed evenings with him and he explaining dance to me and how I needed to chill a bit away from my collar and tie. I never thought I would be writing this note." James Snell
"So we won't be meeting up. Can't quite believe it. Only spoke a few weeks ago. If we had I wanted to find a way to tell you that you don't need anybody's approval or permission to be an artist. You already are. Perhaps you knew this. Didn't have the chance to say so. What I want to say now is thank you for being part of my journey into the subtle beauty of dance. I realise I have learnt from you while at Laban with Transitions Dance Company as both of us were on a new journey, chatting late over my computer. Each time we crossed paths after that, your eyes were asking a question. I am sad and two lines come to me as I write this: "Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned". Rest in Peace Rashpal." Eva Martinez
"I have just returned from working abroad to this deeply sad news. I met Rashpal when he approached me about wanting to work in opera. He came to the Royal Opera House to shadow my work on Turandot. His enquiring mind, observations and fascination with the arcane world of opera choreography and the work of singers and dancers together was joyful to share. We were able to meet over lunches and tea breaks discussing the needs and demands of working in the field of opera. His intelligence, wit, warmth, and energy were a delight. Dear Rashpal may you be at peace." Kate Flatt
"On behalf of the Virdee family in Canada, we are all deeply sad & very hurt by this news. Rashpal (Goldy) we remember you as the cute golden hair baby. When you were born you were the joy to your family & always will be. It had been a very long time since we all last saw Rashpal in the UK but you image will always stay with us. Our deepest sympathies go to all the Bansal family in the UK & India. Rashpal may you be at peace & Wahe Guru will hold your hand & guide you to all your loved ones in his home." The Virdee Family
"We are all so saddened by the loss of Rashpal. I was fortunate enough to work with him in the early days of ROH2, commissioning work for Summer Collection and inviting him to participate as a choreographer in DanceLines, ROH2's choreographic initiative. I was so impressed that the following year he returned to the course as a dancer, having enjoyed the experience so much that he just wanted to be a part of it again (resourcefully, he found a way to create work that second year, encouraged by Kim Brandstrup, the course director). Rashpal's graceful good nature and his deep intelligence endeared him to us all. On behalf of the ROH and my colleagues in ROH2, sincere condolences to his family and his many friends."
"I probably first saw Rashpal dance in Wayne McGregor's East London boys' project, he must have been the unusually graceful Asian guy at the back there in the crowd. By the time he was seventeen, he was in STEP, the Saburo Teshigawara Education Project which was remarkable, and so was Rashpal. The small cast presented an utterly professional production at the ICA Theatre, so confident of their material and abilities that they improvised with complete authority even before embarking on vocational training. So I watched carefully as Rashpal became an artist at LCDS. After graduating, he sought advice from different people for different purposes. He came to me, I think, for discourse. We talked of aesthetics, of opportunities, and of the politics of a multi-cultural society. Five years ago I gave him the price of a ticket to Tate Modern so that we could discuss the work of Donald Judd. I wanted to know his opinion. He always came well-prepared, his relentless curiosity framing carefully articulated questions. He said he found my thoughts illuminating, but it was his determined intelligence that made me think anew. Robin Howard would have delighted in Rashpal, so I was delighted to be able to commission him to make a work in Robin's name. I left The Place on 24 June. Rashpal came to the party. He didn't come to see Yasmeen Godder's show that night, nor to hear me speak, which was a pity. As always, I wanted to know his opinion. He came just to say goodbye. Outside in Duke's Road, in carefully rehearsed words, he told me what I had meant to him in his development as a choreographer. And as he spoke, I realised then and even more now, that he had come to say goodbye not because I was leaving, but because he was. I looked him in the eyes and told him how much I had enjoyed our conversations. Your image will always dance in the glass for me at Jerwood where you opened the Space, Rashpal. I am bereft without your opinion." John Ashford
"Rashpal touched our lives both as a loving friend and a fellow dancer. He was a man with a great heart and an enquiring mind. We will cherish the intensity, the energy and the creativity that he brought to the studio and his lively friendship. We will miss him more than words can express. Our deepest condolences to his family at this very sad time." Saju Hari, Mavin Khoo, Kamala Devam, Devaraj Thimmaiah, Shane Shambu, Avatara Ayuso, Lisa Stefani, Yamuna Devi, Mandeep Raikhy, Jose Agudo, Navala Chaudhari - present and past dancers at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company who worked with Rashpal
"We met in the old unrefurbished studio 10 of The Place where Amanda Gough tutored the 'Youth' group. You and Freddie were so welcoming, and little did I know from that day on that we'd dance together for the next few years ahead. You'd constantly question me with your amazingly eternal thoughts, we'd try to get free burgers in Helsinki together, have endless train and bus journeys home to Ilford where we'd contemplate everything and anything! And you told me that I needed to learn to cook! Without using the microwave! Rashpal I truly hope that where you are has given you the strength and anwsers that you sought in life that you couldn't find." Charlene Low
"Thank you to the Virdee Family. It is nice to know that you still remember him. We have not seen each other for a very long time and it is surprising how we have been brought together by the loss of the most loved son of the Bansal family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and from the whole of the family. Thank you for you kind words. Just hope we can get together on a much more happier note in the future. My love to you all." Gudia (Satinder)
"I just heard about Rashpal's passing away and I am so very sad. Although I didn't know him personally too well I can see that he was well loved and I just remember him wandering around The Place during my studies there rehearsing. I saw his name under many projects over the past few years and am so very very sorry that the dance world hasn't just lost a brilliant talent but even more, I am deeply sorry for friends and family who will miss him terribly." Dilek Taptik
"Sorry it has taken me such long time to write to you; so difficult to find the right words, any words. I have known you for what seems like a very long time - at least 13 years - almost as long as I have been choreographing professionally. You and I have grown together in the art form that we love and it has been one of the proudest moments in my career seeing you find your way as a unique choreographer of note; enquiring, brave, uncompromising and testing, with a startling integrity and honesty. Your path has not always been easy, you are too questioning for that - too much self-doubt perhaps, but that has always been one of your strengths; a preparedness to challenge yourself, to challenge the status quo, to challenge - all with a genuine lack of vanity, egoless. When I think about you now I remember vividly the pieces I made for and with you. The first, Cyberdream at The Place and all of the rest - the many many hours we have spent together remain etched in my mind. The fun we had, the laughing, the hard work, the family we became. Of course, this picture contains another face, our Freddie. Both of you mischevious, cheeky, funny, totally committed to the work, super talented, a pleasure in the studio and out: two young men I was always happy to see - you can forever make me smile. As I write this, I am beaming. A smile so great that it embraces you, where ever you are, thanks you for being here, for enriching my life with your gentle presence and celebrates you for everything you have given, everything you are. I wish I could tell you this now, face to face, dearest Rash I send you my respect, admiration and love. Fly well my friend." Wayne McGregor
"It was a great shock to hear the news about Rashpal. My thoughts and deepest sympathy go to his family and all of his loved ones, colleagues and friends. I met and worked with Rashpal having commissioned him to make a piece with Transitions Dance Company. The artist I met was steely in his intention to create a work, titled 'Underground', that he felt would respresent and reflect his interest in movement as well as in the city he lived in and was inspired by. I have memories of all the dancers of the group performing his work but especially of Katja in her role - feisty, percussive, invincible. Rashpal was also ambitious for his growth as a choreographer, wanting feedback and dialogue on his choices and direction. He had a vibrant energy in the studio - the movement he gave to the dancers had an intensity and veritably sprang from him. I very much enjoyed observing him work, his keen intellect and kinaesthetic curiosity demonstrated his great appreciation of the moving body and the value he gave to his artform. I also witnessed this in his performance with Shobana's company - it was wonderful to see him perform; I'd not known him at all in that capacity and it was an exciting experience! Words can be so clumsy, misunderstood and not help at all to explain what we want to communicate at times, when there seems no rhyme or reason to what happens in life. Rashpal's dancing spirit will continue. As Morrissey sang, 'There is a light that never goes out.'" David Waring, Artistic Director, Transitions Dance Company
"I unfortunately did not have the opportunity to meet Rashpal. However, I am a young choreographer and visual artist working in London. I just wanted to send my love to your family and support as I feel perhaps both of our families have experienced similar emotions. The words of support I have been reading on the Place website are beautiful. You should be very proud of what Rashpal has accomplished and his gift." Katia Lom