Strange Blooms (2013)
Shobana Jeyasingh is renowned for dance creations of visceral energy and excellence as well as collaborations with outstanding composers. In the autumn of 2013, her company celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new commission for London’s prestigious Southbank Centre.
To celebrate a quarter century of dazzling dance making the company presented the brand new work Strange Blooms – propulsive, stimulating and performed by world class dancers.
Collaborations with an inspired choice of composers have always been the hall mark of the company. Strange Blooms was no exception: Gabriel Prokofiev, composer, producer and DJ at the forefront of the UK classical music scene shares with Jeyasingh a bold distinctive take on both the past and the present.
Strange Blooms was commissioned by Southbank Centre London and was performed as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.
Long one of the most individual voices on the British dance scene, Shobana Jeyasingh never ceases to surprise us.
Tue, 3 & Wed, 4
Queen Elizabeth Hall
London SE1 8XX
The Performance Centre
University College Falmouth
Tremough Campus, Penryn
Cornwall TR10 9LX
Thu, 14 & Fri, 15
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter EX4 4QB
Jeyasingh’s new creation, Strange Blooms, is a work of strange beauty.
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.
Strange Blooms portrays Jeyasingh’s distinct style in a truly unique piece of choreography. The speed of the piece is astounding – there is no gentleness in Jeyasingh’s representation of nature; it’s almost like watching time lapse footage.
Even amid this steamy profusion, Jeyasingh’s choreography is rigorous in its economy.
Hand patterns and deep pliés suggest Jeyasingh’s classical roots, with contemporary weight to her fierce lines.
Amazing, extremely expressive, complicated and wonderful.
The best thing I’ve seen for years. Like a dose of smelling salts. Totally fresh, stimulating, challenging!
Fantastic physicality, words are totally inadequate.
Loved it, never seen anything like it. An assault on the senses – in a good way.
Detail! Shape! Dynamics! Speed, power, precision – she gets it right!
Gabriel Prokofiev’s music is performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd. Thanks to Jane Chapman (harpsichordist).
Strange Blooms is commissioned by the Southbank Centre.