Bruise Blood (2009)

Steve Reich’s work Come Out uses the actual words spoken by a young black Harlem man in the sixties who was wrongly arrested and had to let his bruise blood come out to show that he had been assaulted by the police. His blood was the only evidence he had.

Although Reich himself does not dwell on the documentary but sharply moves to the abstract, I connected to the evidential nature of the dancing body which shows its tangled history through the machinery of the human body.

Click to read more about Bruise Blood in the programme, including a foreword by dance writer and critic Sanjoy Roy.

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+ Watch the post-show talk with Wayne McGregor



  • “After 21 years, the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company is still pioneering wholly compelling dance that is both topical and exciting”

  • “Intelligence and invention – a sense of home, both desirable and threatening”

    The Guardian

  • “Jeyasingh’s committed dancers and dynamic choreography ensure a hypnotic, if slightly disturbing, evening”

    The Stage

  • “One of this country’s most consistently innovative and thoughtful choreographers”

    The Times

  • “Shobana Jeyasingh has gained a reputation as one of the most intrepid pioneers in modern dance…. She is generally credited with having invented a startling new hybrid vocabulary”

    The Daily Telegraph

  • “Bruise Blood demonstrates Jeyasingh’s exceptional mastery of dance composition. It’s a rare quality

    Pulse Magazine

  • “When it comes to composition, the development, arrangement and interaction of phrases and motifs, Jeyasingh can outclass most”

    The Guardian

  • An elaborate kaleidoscope of actions and reverberations

    The Guardian

Creative Team

  • Shobana Jeyasingh
  • Costume Supervisor
    Chrissy Maddison (made by Jane Temple)
  • Rehearsal Director
    Pia Driver
  • Photographer
    JP Masclet
  • Other Beatboxers
  • Production Manager
    Rachel Shipp
  • Sound Engineer
    Tony Birch