Bayadère – The Ninth Life (2015)
In March 2015, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance premiered a new theatre work, Bayadère – The Ninth Life, commissioned by the Royal Ballet Studio Programme and inspired by the ballet La Bayadère.
Drawing on Marius Petipa’s original choreography and the stories of the first real ‘temple dancers’ to visit Europe, Shobana illuminates the West’s fascination with the myth of the Orient. She examines how this legacy has directly affected the Indian diaspora today, and how the story of La Bayadère relates to modern fantasies of both East and West.
Jeyasingh’s imagination is boundless, her dance is brave and exhilarating…one of the country’s most brilliant creators.
The Independent on Sunday, UK
12-13 May 2015
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter EX4 4QB
6 May 2015
Watford Palace Theatre
20 Clarendon Road
Watford WD17 1JZ
2 Apr 2015
Hampshire SO50 9DE
023 8065 2333
25-28 Mar 2015
Linbury Studio Theatre
Royal Opera House
London WC2E 9DD
020 7304 4000
18 Mar 2015
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham B12 9QH
0121 446 3232
Jeyasingh embodies (Gautier’s) confusion brilliantly, both in the dangerously sinuous choreography she gives to the lead devadasi (a woman danced by a man) and in the way she uses her remaining eight dancers to portray, simultaneously, the visceral intensity of the devadasis and the wary fascination of their observers.
Shobana Jeyasingh is an extremely gifted choreographer and a long-time cultural interrogator. With this novel and typically tightly constructed take on the 19th-century classical ballet warhorse La Bayadère she reconfirms her status as one of the UK’s more stimulating artists.
This is by any measure a remarkable work: intelligent, thought-provoking, immensely accomplished in its choreography, staging and dancing.
… keep the words Shobana Jeyasingh Dance very much at the forefront of your mind!
… utterly mesmerising
In this strange other-world of dappled light created by Fabiana Piccioli to haunting sounds from Gabriel Prokofiev, Jeyasingh choreographs her own bayadère to magical effect. Subramaniam, a charismatic performer, create(s) moments of luminous beauty…
… Jeyasingh has a distinctive approach to partnering that discovers untrammelled paths.
Fabulous dancing, so vibrant and energetic. Quite different to other shows
I thought it was a great opportunity to see a nationally first class production
… every movement seemed exquisite – who knew feet, wrists and finger tips could express so much?
The skill of each dancer was extraordinary to me and the way they filled the whole space or drew attention to the tiniest detail kept me in a trance to the very end
The evening was such an unexpected treasure, I will never forget it…
60 minutes being moved, entertained & challenged by dance. Perfect…