Shobana Jeyasingh is renowned both for dance creations of visceral energy and excellence and collaborations with outstanding composers. This autumn Southbank Centre celebrates her company’s 25th anniversary with a new commission for the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 3 and 4 December.
Jeyasingh is creating this new piece, as yet untitled, in a new collaboration with Gabriel Prokofiev, a classically-trained composer who revels in the latest technology. Together they re-imagine and re-mix early baroque music with all its exuberance, ornamentation and contrast.
The new work appears in a double bill with Configurations, Jeyasingh’s seminal 1988 piece celebrated for its exhilarating speed and detail. Mathematical rhythmic patterns from classical Indian dance are deployed to create a remarkably fresh and contemporary work. Michael Nyman’s original music will be played live on stage for these performances.
Earlier in the autumn Jeyasingh presents her powerfully resonant TooMortal as part of Dance Umbrella from 10 to 12 October. Created in 2012 for historic church settings, six female dancers dressed in Ursula Bombshell’s blood-red costumes conjure vivid shifting images of women and surf an undertow of submerged stories and sentiment.
Looking to the future, King's Cultural Institute has appointed Shobana Jeyasingh Dance as one of three Knowledge Producers. The company will work across several academic departments at King’s College London - including film studies, geography and robotics - to find new ways to facilitate knowledge exchange between artists and academics, test new ideas, stimulate partnerships and reach out to new audiences. Projects will be announced in due course.
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