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Material Men redux video series

Material Men redux video series of short films by filmmaker Gary Tanner.

The Making Of
Taking you behind the scenes of Material Men redux. You meet the extraordinary dancers Shailesh Bahoran and Sooraj Subramaniam, and the third cast member – the sari. Shobana talks about the intriguing and poignant story of indentured labour which is central to and explored in this piece.

The Dancers
We meet Shailesh and Sooraj, rehearsing with Shobana and evolving this pioneering and powerful story through their unique styles.

The Sari
The subject of this film is often referred to as the ‘third dancer’ in the work. The traditionally patterned South Indian sari that is used in this work comes alive as a key character during Material Men redux. Shailesh and Sooraj twist, wrap and unfurl it as they dance together.

The Stories
Shobana talks about the two stories the work brings to light. The first is the journey of the dancers; how one chose hip hop, the other classical Indian dance. The second is of indentured labour and how the dancers represent both those who left India and those who stayed behind.

Getting Ready
Just prior to any performance there is a hive of activity – watch how The Smith Quartet, dancers and the production team all prepare for curtain up.

The Smith Quartet
We meet Deirdre Cooper, cello and Nic Pendlebury, viola who together with Ian Humphries, violin and Rick Koster, violin comprise the renowned and highly acclaimed Smith Quartet. Created by composer extraordinaire Elena Kats-Chernin, the score juxtaposed with Leafcutter John’s electronic music, is played live on stage, and is central to this dramatic work.

Photo by Gary Tanner