Outlander (2016)

18 June 2016, Venice
Fondazione Giorgio Cini Venice
Venice Biennale Danza 2016 Special Event

In Outlander, commissioned by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and a special event for the prestigious Venice Biennale Danza 2016, the unique style and cool power of Shobana Jeyasingh’s choreography meets the classical beauty of Venice. Outlander is created specifically for the Palladian Refectory at the San Giorgio monastery, the home of one of Europe’s greatest paintings, the monumental “Wedding at Cana” by Paolo Veronese.

Shobana draws inspiration from Veronese’s exuberant masterpiece which features a contemporary, multicultural wedding feast as well as the elegance of the building for which it was commissioned. Performed by three company dancers, it is a closely observed series of solos that shift tantalisingly between reflection and speed. Each dancer becomes a character who brings their own mixture of strangeness and familiarity to Veronese’s celebrations on a specially designed catwalk lit by Sander Loonen and with a baroque inspired soundscape by Scanner.


  • 18 June 2016

    Palladian Cenacle, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
    Performance times: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm

    The performance at 5pm was live streamed


Creative Team

  • Shobana Jeyasingh
  • Concept, Choreography & Direction
    Shobana Jeyasingh
  • Design concept and realisation
    Sander Loonen
  • Executive Producer (live stream)
    George Bergel
  • Producer (live stream)
    Nick Culley
  • Music
  • Costume Stylist
    Ursula Bombshell
  • Video Director (live stream)
    Terry Braun
  • Avatâra Ayuso
  • Sunbee Han
  • Sooraj Subramaniam

Dancers & Creative Collaborators


Outlander was commissioned by The Istituto Interculturale di Studi Musicali Comparati at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Venice. Co-produced by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, in collaboration with la Biennale di Venezia.

Music by Scanner. By permission of Chester Music Ltd.
Live stream produced by Flying Object.
Main Image: Dancer: Sunbee Han; Photo: Matteo De Fina; courtesy Fondazione Giorgio Cini.