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.
“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.”
Aberystwyth 15 Oct 2015
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DE
Swansea 8 Oct 2015
Taliesin Arts Centre
Swansea SA2 8PZ
6 Oct 2015
Brighton BN1 1UE
22 Sept 2015
The Everyman Theatre
Cheltenham GL50 1HQ
16 & 17
Queen Elizabeth Hall
London SE1 8XX
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…
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