Shobana Jeyasingh has been creating dynamic, fearless and enigmatic dance works for over 27 years. Born in Chennai, India, she currently lives and works in London. Her acclaimed, highly individual work has been witnessed in all kinds of venues, including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. Her work taps into both the intellectual and physical power of dance, and is rooted in her particular vision of culture and society.
Shobana’s work is often enriched by specially commissioned music composed by an array of contemporary composers — from Michael Nyman to beat-boxer Shlomo. Her eclectic band of creative collaborators have included filmmakers, mathematicians, digital designers, writers, animators, as well as lighting and set designers.
Lavishly honoured and awarded, Shobana has also made a significant contribution to dance in the UK and internationally through her published writings, papers, panel presentations and broadcast interviews.
Recent designs include: Pelléas Et Mélisande, Garsington Opera; Hay Fever, Royal Lyceum; Frankenstein and Hedda Gabler, Northern Stage; iHo, Hampstead Theatre; Harrogate, HighTide & Royal Court; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC & UK Tour; Carmen La Cubana, Le Chatelet, Paris; Endgame, Lear, Hamlet, Citizens Theatre; Red Velvet, West End, Tricycle Theatre & New York; A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes, Tricycle Theatre; The King’s Speech, Birmingham Rep,Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour; Orfeo, ROH.
As Associate Designer of the RSC, Tom designed over 30 of their show including The Histories for which he won an Olivier for best costume design.
Tom designed Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London and received an MBE for services to Theatre and First World War commemorations. Other recent exhibitions include: Dr Blighty, Nutkhut, 14-18 NOW; and Curtain Up, V&A, Lincoln Centre New York.
Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, DJ and founder of the NONCLASSICAL record label & club-night. Composing music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, Gabriel has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century. His compositions have been performed at a diverse range of venues, from the Royal Albert Hall and Tchaikovsky Hall, through to East London night-clubs & warehouses. With performers including Daniel Hope, Vladimir Jurowski, Sascha Goetzel, Seattle Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Russian State Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, and Princeton Symphony. Gabriel is published by Mute Song.
Fabiana Piccioli studied philosophy in Rome, graduating in 1999, while also training in ballet and contemporary dance. Between 2000 and 2001 she performed with a number of dance companies in Belgium, and in 2002 she returned to Rome for the RomaEuropa Festival where she worked as Production Manager for three years.
In 2005 she moved to London to join the Akram Khan Company as Technical Director and Lighting Designer touring with the company worldwide. Since going freelance in 2013 she has collaborated with many international artists and choreographers. In 2013 Fabiana won the Knight of Illumination Award (Best Lighting for Dance) for her work on Akram Khan’s iTMOi.
French-Indian, poet-dance producer/curator, Karthika Naïr is the author of several books, including The Honey Hunter, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet and published in English, French, German and Bangla. Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, her reimagining of the Mahabharata in multiple voices, won the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the 2016 Atta Galatta Prize for Fiction. She was also the principal scriptwriter of the multiple-award-winning DESH (2011), choreographer Akram Khans dance solo, and its adaptation for young adult audiences, Chotto Desh (2015).
In Naïr’s résumé as a dance enabler, one finds mention of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Käfig/Mourad Merzouki, two Olivier award-winning productions (Babel(Words) and Puz/zle), Auditorium Musica per Roma, the Louvre, the Villette, the Shaolin Temple in Henan, misadventures with ninja swords and pachyderms, among others, many of which materialise in her poetry (though, hopefully, not in the retelling of the Mahabharata).
Ruth has danced for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Will Tuckett, Fin Walker, Art of Spectra (Sweden), Union Dance, Freddie Opoku-Addaie/Jagged Antics, Aletta Collins, Stephanie Schober, Mayuri Boonham/ATMA Dance, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Palau de les Arts (Valencia) amongst others. She has worked with choreographers including Rafael Bonachela, Henri Oguike, Alex Reynolds, Stephan Koplowitz (New York), Mavin Khoo and Michael Joseph, and performed in aerial work (bungee and harness) for The Generating Company and Robyn Simpson. Ruth was a dancer in the ROH DanceLines project under the direction of Wayne McGregor, and she also participated in ArtsCross 2013. Commercial credits include World War Z, and music videos for James Blunt and Gabby Young & Other Animals. As a teacher Ruth has taught at Greenwich Dance Agency, The Place, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Walker Dance and Union Dance. She was rehearsal director for Shobana Jeyasingh’s TooMortal and is also a qualified Yoga teacher.
Claire is a rehearsal director, producer and teacher. She has restaged and assisted with creations for Clod Ensemble, Agudo Dance Company, Akram Khan Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Theatre-Rites, Akademi, Wayne McGregor:Random Dance, La Scala Opera House, Hélène Blackburn and Enrique Cabrera. In the last two years, Claire has produced Silk Road for Jose Agudo and Chotto Desh for Akram Khan Company. She was previously a dancer for sixteen years and continues to teach Yoga for London Contemporary Dance School and several studios and dance companies in London.
After a four-year apprenticeship at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg in the 1990’s, Sander has developed as a true all-round technician and designer. Equally versed in lighting, sound, video and staging he fills the gap between artistic ambitions and technical feasibility. Working with international creative teams, in all aspects of live performance and installations, he has developed the ability to steer a production towards a fulfilling project. He has designed and managed lighting, video, sound and staging for a great variety of artists: Aakash Odedra, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, English National Ballet, LA Dance Project, Boy Blue, Sarah Moeremans, Anish Kapoor, Emio Greco|PC, Aditi Mangaldas, Gregory Maqoma, Duckie, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Serpentine Gallery, Productiehuis Rotterdam, Theatre de la Ville Paris, National Architectural Institute Netherlands, National Ballet of Flanders and many, many others.
A sonic artist and composer, and member of the People Show theatre, Fred learnt his trade in Paris as a recording engineer, moving to England to become the personal recording engineer of the Eurhythmics.
Through his career he has mixed and recorded albums for the likes of Bob Dylan, The Prodigy, Depeche mode, Tom Petty, David Gray and many more. He has sound designed for theatrical experiences created by Punchdrunk, Burberry, Tods and Philipp Plein fashion shows in Paris, London and Milan. Fred has also composed music for choreographer Garance Marneur, on behalf of Levy Dance in San Francisco, for Alone Together and Pull Me Closer part of the SF International Art Festival 2017.
Touring as a live sound engineer, his broad client base includes choreographer Lee Anderson, Patti Smith, and the KLF Welcome to the Dark Ages. Fred has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh for the past eight years.
Avatâra trained in ballet (Conservatorio Profesional de Mallorca) and Linguistics (BA and MA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) before moving to London to trained at London Contemporary Dance School. In 2005 she became part of the D.A.N.C.E. programme where she worked and performed internationally under the artistic direction of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. In 2008, she obtained a Masters in Professional Dance from Palucca Schule Dresden. Over the years, Avatâra has received several awards and grants to develop her skills as a choreographer, researcher and cultural leader. Avatâra has completed studies in leadership with the Open University UK and with the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme (Emerging Leaders). As a choreographer she is Associate Artist of the European Center for the Arts Hellerau Dresden and her AVA Dance company Associate of Creative Academy Slough. She was nominated for the 2015 UK National Dance Awards. Since 2007 she collaborates regularly with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.
Carmine De Amicis is a London based performer and choreographer as well as an associate lecturer at the University of Chichester. He joined Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in 2017 for the production Bayadère – The Ninth Life and has previously worked with Tavaziva Dance Company, José Agudo-Akademi, Watkins Dance Company, Lynne Hockney & Lucy Burge (Grange Park Opera), Chantry Dance Company, Salvatore Spagnolo. He has also performed pieces by Kerry Nicholls, Gary Clarke, Yael Flexer, Hagit Bar and Liz Aggiss.
In 2015, alongside Co-Director Harriet Waghorn, Carmine founded EDIFICE Dance Theatre whose choreography combines Ballroom and Latin American technique with Contact and Contemporary Dance.
He trained at the Italian National Academy of Dance in Rome and then joined the postgraduate dance company MAPDANCE at the University of Chichester where he gained a distinction in his Masters Degree. He is also a professional Ballroom and Latin American Dancer.
Fabio Dolce was born in Palermo on 1985. He started dancing at 11 years old with ballroom dances. At 16 years old he started ballet and contemporary dance at the “Teatro Massimo di Palermo” where he joins the company at 18 years old. One year later he decided to go to Rome to go deeper in dance studies at the National academy of dance and he joins at the same time the Astra Roma Ballet company.
A year later he is hired at the Cannes Jeune Ballet in France where he works for Monique Loudières for two years. At 21 years old he joins the national company CCN ballet de Lorraine based in Nancy where he worked for nine years works by Forsythe, Tharp, Cunningham, Manuel Gat, Itamar Serussi, Mathilde Monnier … and many others. At 30 years old he decides to leave the company to start again a freelancer life and he moves to London where he danced for De Nada Dance Theatre and started to offer his own choreographic work in England and in France.
Bryony was born in Hull and started dancing at The LWHS School of Dance. At 16, she decided to further her training at The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Ross McKim, Mark Baldwin, Kerry Nicholls, Antonia Franceschi, Lynne page and Charlotte Edmonds and to have performed on stages such as The Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Barbican. In her final year, she performed alongside Rambert company on three different occasions in works choreographed by Mark Baldwin for Dance Power and Garsington Opera and in Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva.
After Graduating in July 2016 with a 1st Class BA(Hons), Bryony joined The Ballet National de Marseille’s ‘BNMNEXT’ under the direction of Emio Greco & Pieter C. Sholten, rehearsing and performing alongside the company for the 2016/2017 season.
Andre came to London in 2010, after 12 years of Ballroom and Latin-American dance training in Poland. He began his adventure with contemporary dance at CAT Scheme at The Place and various youth dance companies. He graduated from London Studio Centre in 2015, where he performed works by José Agudo and Henri Oquike. Andre took part in AKX programme for Akram Khan Company in 2015, and is currently working as a freelance dance artist.
Noora was born in Finland, Helsinki. She started dancing at the age of 13. She went into full time dance training after she was granted a place at the Sibelius High School for music and dance in Helsinki (1997-2000). During this time she also worked for the Finnish National Theatre assisting on various plays and musicals. She graduated in 2003 from The London Contemporary Dance School with First Class Honours. Since then Noora has worked with Jan De Schynkel, David Bolger, Nigel Steward, Hubert Essakow, Fernando Magadan of NDT, and Tanja Raman. She also worked with the Henri Oguike Dance Company for four years, touring nationally and internationally. She joined Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in 2009. She has also worked with the ENO on two of their productions and been part of a few commercial videos.
Ingvild is a Norwegian dance artist currently based in Oslo. She graduated from London Studio Centre in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in contemporary dance. She was part of Intoto Dance Company in her final year, and during this time, she performed in works by Henri Oguike, John Ross and José Agudo.
In January and February 2017, Ingvild danced the leading role “Leila” in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Opera House in Kristiansund. She has worked as a rehearsal assistant at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet’s project På Tå Hev, and choreographed for Dancarte 2017 | Faro, Portugal. She teaches and choreographs regularly at the Norwegian Ballet Academy. During the last year, Ingvild has worked with choreographers such as Toni Herlofson, Ann-Terese Aasen and Luke Brown. Ingvild greatly values diversity in her work, and has worked with many Norwegian artists, worked as a dance model and featured in several dance short films.
Sooraj Subramaniam began training at the Sutra Dance Theatre, Malaysia, in Bharatanatyam, Odissi, classical ballet and contemporary dance forms. He graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) from the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts.
Since 2007 Sooraj has been working in the United Kingdom, principally with Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance Creations, and also with Akademi, Balbir Singh Dance Company and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, performing across the UK and Europe. Currently he lives in Belgium and works as a freelancer.
Jack is a London based dancer, photographer, choreographer and film maker. After training at Rambert School, Jack went onto to dance for Phoenix Dance Theatre performing choreography by Itzik Galli, Caroline Finn and Sharon Watson among others.
In addition to this he was a feature dancer in ENO’s award winning opera The Indian Queen (2015) choreographed by New York based Christopher Williams. Jack was also an original dancer in Mark Baldwins’ ‘Inala’ (2014 – 2015), featuring Lady Smith Black Mambazo which he performed national, internationally and for the Royal family at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance. Most recently he danced in the 16th revival of the Royal Opera House’s Turandot (2017) choreographed by Kate Flatt.
Jack joined Shobana Jeyasingh Dance for the revival of Strange Blooms in 2015 and is excited to perform in Bayadère – The Ninth Life.
Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells
Originally commissioned by The Royal Ballet Studio Programme in 2015
Music by Gabriel Prokofiev, performed by arrangement with Mute Song Ltd, London
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance is supported by Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme
Developed with support from The Point
Photos by Chris Nash
Generously supported by The Deborah Loeb Brice Donor Advised Fund at CAF America, Garcia Family Foundation, Dr Michael and Anna Brynberg Charitable Foundation, and Oak Foundation. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance would also like to thank all our other important donors, whose support is credited here.