Configurations (2012)

A work celebrated and enthusiastically reviewed for exhilarating speed and stunning detail.

The original Configurations that was commissioned by The Place, London was a development of an earlier solo work Miniatures for which the music was commissioned by Michael Nyman in 1988. It is a dance work that has shifted and changed, reflecting my own growth as a choreographer. In this re-imagining of the dance work in 2012, I have not sought to re-stage or revive earlier versions but rather bring to it my affection for the music as well as the potential for adventure that Bharata Natyam has always instilled in me.
(Shobana Jeyasingh)

Configurations was presented in 2012 as part of Classic Cut – an intriguing double-bill featuring revisiting the past and taking a bold step into the new – and again in 2013 in a double bill with Strange Blooms, a new work commissioned by the Southbank Centre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

+ Watch the Classic Cut trailer
+ View Classic Cut Programme – Feb 2012
+ View Classic Cut Programme – Sept 2012

Tour Dates

Long one of the most individual voices on the British dance scene, Shobana Jeyasingh never ceases to surprise us.
The Times

  • London
    Tue, 3 &– Wed, 4
    Dec 2013
    Double bill with Strange Blooms

    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX
    www.southbankcentre.co.uk

  • Falmouth
    Wed, 27 Nov 2013
    Double bill with Strange Blooms

    The Performance Centre
    University College Falmouth
    Tremough Campus, Penryn
    Cornwall TR10 9LX
    www.theperformancecentre.org

  • Exeter
    Thu, 14 & Fri, 15
    Nov 2013
    Double bill with Strange Blooms

    Exeter Northcott Theatre
    Stocker Rd
    Exeter EX4 4QB
    www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

  • Leeds Thu, 25 Oct 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
    Northern Ballet
    Quarry Hill
    Leeds LS2 7PA
    www.theatreleeds.com

  • Exeter Thu, 11 & Fri, 12
    Oct 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    Exeter Northcott Theatre
    Stocker Rd,
    Exeter EX4 4QB
    www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

  • Watford Tue, 9 Oct 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    Watford Palace Theatre
    20 Clarendon Rd, Watford
    Herts WD17 1JZ
    www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

  • London Thu, 4 Oct 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    Laban Theatre
    Trinity Laban Conservatoire of
    Music and Dance
    Creekside
    London SE8 3DZ
    www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/labantheatre

  • Falmouth Fri, 28 Sep 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    The Performance Centre
    University College Falmouth
    Tremough Campus, Penryn
    Cornwall TR10 9LX
    www.theperformancecentre.org

  • Tewkesbury Wed, 26 Sep 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    The Roses
    Sun Street
    Tewkesbury GL20 5NX
    www.rosestheatre.org

  • Stockholm Fri, 14 & Sat, 15
    Sep 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    Dansens Hus
    Barnhusgatan 12, 111 23
    Stockholm, Sweden
    www.dansenshus.se

  • Taunton Tue, 27 Mar 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    The Brewhouse
    Coal Orchard
    Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL
    www.thebrewhouse.net

  • Corby Thu, 22 Mar 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    The Core at Corby Cube
    Parkland Gateway George Street
    Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 1QG
    www.thecorecorby.com

  • Birmingham Tue, 20 Mar 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    mac Birmingham
    Cannon Hill Rd
    Birmingham B12 9QH
    www.macarts.co.uk

  • London Tue, 13 – Sat, 17
    Mar 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    Linbury Studio Theatre
    Royal Opera House
    Covent Garden
    London WC2E 9DD
    www.roh.org.uk

  • Eastleigh Thu, 23 Feb 2012
    Double bill with Dev Kahan Hai? / Where is Dev?

    The Point Eastleigh
    Leigh Road
    Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9DE
    www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk

Press

  • The work is a technical marvel, but it’s also infused with a spirit of pure joy that only seems to increase with time.

    Londondance.com

  • The choreography’s intricately stacked formations move with a breathtaking speed and force.

    The Guardian

  • A glowing account of the recently revised Configurations opens this anniversary programme, full of speedy footwork, whirling speed and intricate rhythms.4 stars

    The Independent

  • The unusual movement is entrancing, bringing the delight that comes only from discovering something new to you.

    Everything Theatre

  • Configurations reminded us of the grace and breadth of Jeyasingh’s imagination.

    The Times

  • Stamping, lunging, spearing the air with spiked diagonals, it’s a shout of positivity, finding cultural connections, not difference.

    The Independent

  • A feast for the eyes that can also be appreciated on a very visceral level.

    londondance.com

  • The four dancers hover on the edge of the choreography’s ingenious rhythmic interplay with the music and then sail right over it or pounce into it with a vigorous elegance. This is Jeyasingh at her best.

    The Times

  • Configurations radiates a mysterious compelling authority, one of those works whose elements combine with complete inevitability and complete surprise.

    The Guardian

  • What has not changed is how much of an acoustic, let alone visual, pleasure this dance is.

    London Evening Standard

  • Such tempering of energy with intelligence is the mark of a classic.

    London Evening Standard

  • Driven by Nyman’s pulsating rhythms Jeyasingh’s modern British take on classical Indian dance took geometric flight like string driven dervishes.

    The Rough Guide to Choreography (chosen as one of the top ten highlights of the decade)

Audience Reactions

  • Loved the rhythm in Configurations – loud feet, quiet arms.

  • Configurations was just stunning – beautifully executed with precision and elegance.

  • Configurations continues to be an outstanding classic.

Creative Team

  • Shobana Jeyasingh
  • Michael Nyman
  • Ursula Bombshell
  • Lucy Carter
  • Kamala Devam
  • The Benyounes Quartet

String Quartet No. 2 by Michael Nyman by arrangement with Chester Music Limited on behalf of Michael Nyman Limited.