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Material Men redux

In Material Men redux, Shobana weaves the shared history and personal stories of virtuoso dancers Sooraj Subramaniam (classical Indian) and Shailesh Bahoran (hip hop), both of Indian heritage. The men share a family history rooted in colonial India and the dark realities of colonial migration and plantation labour.

Material Men redux is a dynamic and moving exploration of the violence of loss and the creation of new ways of belonging. It features a score by acclaimed Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin including sound design by Leafcutter John, which is played live on stage by The Smith Quartet.

In this resource, you will find a short document outlining the work’s main themes and creative process followed by choreographic creative activities to use with dance students, dance groups or in your own dance practice. The tasks have been created for students aged 14+ and are suitable for GCSE, BTEC and A-Level dance students.

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