Material Men redux (2017)
Material Men redux is a full length virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers of the Indian diaspora. Their chosen dance styles could not be more different – classical Indian and hip hop. However, they share a history rooted in the dark realities of colonial migration and plantation labour.
Material Men redux is a dynamic and moving exploration of the violence of loss and the creation of new ways of belonging. Material Men redux features a score by acclaimed Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin including sound design by Leafcutter John. It is played live on stage by The Smith Quartet.
To access the Material Men redux dance resource and video click here.
“…skilfulness, nuanced power and sheer watchability”
The Times, Material Men 2015
Nottingham 7 Feb 2017
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Ipswich 24 Feb 2017
DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse
Suffolk IP4 1DW
2 Mar 2017
Hampshire SO50 9DE
Birmingham27 – 28 Mar 2017
The Patrick Centre
Birmingham B5 4TB
26 Apr 2017
25 Albert Drive
Glasgow, G41 2PE
28 – 29 Apr 2017
17 Duke’s Road
London WC1H 9PY
10 Jun 2017
Bahoran’s and Subramaniam’s dance forms… produce a tension that is truly captivating to watch. The standing ovation and roar of the audience really said it all.
The evening was a jaw-dropping delight.
…marvellously intense… the double edges of clarity and complexity, contrast and connection, are pure Jeyasingh.
It’s beautiful stuff: full of detail, narrative and emotion…
Both pieces are a triumph for Shobana Jeyasingh, as was testified by the roaring applause from the dance community making up the audience.
…one of our brainiest choreographers…
…skilfulness, nuanced power and sheer watchability…
Audience Reactions (2015)
Amazing chemistry between dancers, space, music score and inspired storytelling
Stunning interpretation and choreography
Material men BLEW.ME.AWAY…
Breathtaking, beautiful and extraordinary
Amazing – I’m speechless
Incredibly captivating. I wanted to dance with them!
…Encouraging to see so many young people in the audience
Material Men was commissioned by Southbank Centre in 2015.
The music of Material Men was commissioned with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund.
Original lighting design (2015) by Bruno Poet.
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance is generously supported by The Foyle Foundation, Garcia Family Foundation, Dr. Michael and Anna Brynberg Charitable Foundation and Oak Foundation.
Material Men images by Jane Hobson.