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études

In Autumn 2016, Shobana created études, an eight-minute contemporary dance piece responding to the exhibition Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement. The exhibition explored Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies through experimental sculptures the artist made towards the end of his life. Performed in silence, and in the exhibition space, études translates Rodin’s sculptural poses into graceful contemporary dance. The work explores the boundaries of balance, extreme poses and curve within movement.

… the choreography embodies the connection between sculpture and drawing …

The Independent

Creative Team

Shobana Jeyasingh / Choreography

Shobana Jeyasingh has been creating dynamic, fearless and enigmatic dance works for almost 30 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.

Photo by JP Masclet

Noora Kela / Dancer

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.

Dr Alexandra Gerstein / Exhibition Curator

Credits

The Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement exhibition in collaboration with the Musée Rodin

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Learning Programme supported by the Garcia Family Foundation

Exhibition generously supported by Friends of The Courtauld, International Music and Art Foundation, Anonymous in memory of Melvin R. Seiden, The Daniel Katz Gallery, London, Stuart and Bianca Roden and Henry Moore Foundation.