Material Men (2015)

In Autumn 2015, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance presented a brand new virtuoso piece, Material Men, commissioned by Southbank Centre.

Material Men is a virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers of the Indian diaspora, each of whom chose to dance very differently. Contrasts in style between classical and hip hop, as well as similarities of origin, are the starting points for a dynamic exploration of rhythm, location and shared history. Material Men featured a newly commissioned score by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and her composition was performed live by The Smith Quartet. Additional sound design was provided by Leafcutter John.

Material Men premiered in 2015 as part of a double bill with the much acclaimed Strange Blooms.

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“After a quarter of a century of dance-making, Shobana Jeyasingh’s mind proves as enquiring and creative as ever and that’s to be celebrated.”
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Press

  • 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.
    ★★★★★

    ASIAN CULTURE VULTURE

  • The evening was a jaw-dropping delight.
    ★★★★★

    STAGETALK MAGAZINE

  • …marvellously intense… the double edges of clarity and complexity, contrast and connection, are pure Jeyasingh.
    ★★★★

    THE GUARDIAN

  • distilled intensity
    ★★★★

    THE STAGE

  • 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.
    ★★★★

    EVERYTHING THEATRE

  • …one of our brainiest choreographers…
    …skilfulness, nuanced power and sheer watchability…
    ★★★

    THE TIMES

Audience Reactions

  • …positively stunning

  • 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!

  • Utterly beguiling

  • …Encouraging to see so many young people in the audience

Creative Team

  • Electronic Music
    Leafcutter John
  • Live Music
    The Smith Quartet
    Deirdre Cooper
    Ian Humphries
    Rick Koster
    Nic Pendlebury
  • Production Manager
    Rachel Shipp
  • Sound Engineer
    Fred De Faye

Credits

Material Men was commissioned by Southbank Centre in 2015. The music of Material Men was commissioned with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund.