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14-18 NOW programme launch: interview with Shobana

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by sjdEditor

As part of their Meet the Creatives series of videos, 14-18 NOW interviewed Shobana at their launch earlier this year. Find out how Shobana has been inspired by the deadly Spanish flu virus in this short film.

Contagion is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

My Dance DNA series

Posted on: February 19th, 2018 by sjdEditor
Over 48,000 people watched My Dance DNA online when the 60 minute interviews, filmed in front of audiences at arts venues around the UK, were live streamed on Facebook during 2017.
Filmed in partnership with The Space, My Dance DNA brings together five of the UK’s top choreographers with five leading cultural figures and commentators chosen by each artist to discuss their influences, inspirations and Desert Island Dances. The talks include Siobhan Davies in conversation with Director of Tate Maria Balshaw, Shobana Jeyasingh in conversation with BBC broadcaster Nikki Bedi, Akram Khan in conversation with actor and theatre director Kathryn Hunter, Wayne McGregor in conversation with author, journalist and broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell and Kate Prince in conversation with actor and broadcaster Karim Zeroual.
The collection of all five interviews will be made available to watch online weekly from Friday 26th January 2018 at 5pm every Friday:
Kate Prince & Karim Zeroual Fri 26 Jan, 5pm
Akram Khan & Kathryn Hunter Fri 2 Feb, 5pm
Siobhan Davies & Maria Balshaw Fri 9 Feb, 5pm
Shobana Jeyasingh & Nikki Bedi Fri 16 Feb, 5pm
Wayne McGregor & Dame Joan Bakewell  Fri 23 Feb, 5pm 
The interviews will remain available to view for one year from the initial transmission.

Contagion research and development

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by sjdEditor

Preparations have begun on our new production for 2018: Contagion. We undertook three days of research and development at Studio Wayne McGregor in early February and photographer Foteini Christofilopoulou captured part of the process. Above are some evocative photos that hint at the nature of the choreography at this early stage.

Company Administrator Opportunity

Posted on: February 14th, 2018 by sjdEditor

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Company Administrator to join our team. The Company Administrator will support the effective day-to-day operation of the Company and its office, and assist other members of the team as required with specific duties in marketing (including social media), development, artistic production and learning.

Click here for the full job description and person specification.

To download an equal opportunities monitoring form click here.

To apply please send a CV, cover letter (no more than one side of A4) and completed equal opportunities monitoring form to:

Ed Hossack, Interim Executive Director

Closing date for applications: Monday 5 March 2018, 10am
Interviews will be held on 7 & 8 March 2018

Shobana Jeyasingh to feature in BBC Four film

Posted on: February 1st, 2018 by sjdEditor

‘The simplest form of life on the planet.’

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by sjdEditor


Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by sjdEditor

A major new dance work exploring viral contagion and war as pandemic in science, art and war-related sites across the UK.

Opening at the Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed

In 1918 a spanish flu pandemic infected one third of the world’s population and killed over 50 million people. Directly exacerbated by troop and civilian migrations from the First World War, the virus killed more people than the war itself.

This autumn, Shobana, known for using the intellectual and physical power of contemporary dance to investigate the world around her, is marking the centenary with Contagion, her first major new work since 2015.

Co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW and supported by Wellcome, Contagion is a 40-minute promenade dance work for war, art and science-related sites. It opens at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed on 15 & 16 September, a former army barracks where soldiers were sent to keep fit during the first world war, in September.


Avatâra Ayuso – Associate Artist

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by sjdEditor

We’re really pleased to announce that long-time company member Avatâra Ayuso has been made an Associate Artist. Avatâra has been collaborating with Shobana for 10 years and has made an invaluable contribution to the company in that time. Congratulations and a big thank you from all the team!

My Dance DNA

Posted on: October 24th, 2017 by sjdEditor

On Monday 6 November Shobana took part in My Dance DNA, discussing her defining dance moments with BBC television and radio presenter Nikki Bedi.  The Desert Island Discs style format included a 45-minute interview with Shobana with archive video footage of iconic dance performances, followed by a Q+A.

Watch the live stream here

Reviews and audience feedback for Bayadère – The Ninth Life

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by sjdEditor

A big Thank You to everyone who came to Bayadère – The Ninth Life at The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells. We received a phenomenal response to our first full-length performances at both venues.


Reviews and audience feedback:

‘True to form, Jeyasingh’s take on the classical ballet fantasy La Bayadère is shot through with her innate intelligence, instinct for composition and a typically astute choice of collaborators.’  Donald Hutera, The Times

‘Intelligent, thought-provoking, immensely accomplished in its choreography, staging and dancing.’ Culture Whisper

‘An intriguing critique of imperialism, orientalism and the male gaze’ Exeunt

‘Jeyasingh’s choreography achieves heights of arresting beauty’ Bachtrack

‘All the performers are superb in the execution of their craft. It’s a bold experiment’


Really enjoyed @SJeyasinghDance fascinating take on Le Bayadere, carried out succinctly and wittily @HFulleylove1

Great to see @SJeyasinghDance’s #Bayadère9thlife @Sadlers_Wells on Weds! Breathtaking final sequence, and Avatâra Ayuso magnetic as always! @Emily_Long_Long

Technology, Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Contemporary… @SJeyasinghDance draws together an eclectic mix of styles in #Bayadere9thlife #Dance @Rachel_Elderkin

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