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.

In 2015, Strange Blooms was revived and presented as part of a double bill with Material Men, a virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers of the Indian diaspora.

Download the 2013 programme PDF ›

Tour Dates

“Long one of the most individual voices on the British dance scene, Shobana Jeyasingh never ceases to surprise us.”
The Times

  • Aberystwyth 15 Oct 2015
    Double bill with Material Men

    Aberystwyth Arts Centre
    Aberystwyth University
    Penglais Campus
    Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DE

  • Swansea 8 Oct 2015
    Double bill with Material Men

    Taliesin Arts Centre
    Swansea University
    Singleton Park
    Swansea SA2 8PZ

  • Brighton
    6 Oct 2015
    Double bill with Material Men

    Brighton Dome
    Church Street
    Brighton BN1 1UE

  • Cheltenham
    22 Sept 2015
    Double bill with Material Men

    The Everyman Theatre
    Regent Street
    Cheltenham GL50 1HQ

  • London
    16 & 17
    Sept 2015
    Double bill with Material Men

    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX

  • London
    (world premiere)
    Tue, 3 & Wed, 4
    Dec 2013

    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX

  • Falmouth
    Wed, 27
    Nov 2013

    The Performance Centre
    University College Falmouth
    Tremough Campus, Penryn
    Cornwall TR10 9LX

  • Exeter
    Thu, 14 & Fri, 15
    Nov 2013

    Exeter Northcott Theatre
    Stocker Rd
    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.

    Dancing Review

  • 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.

    The Observer

  • Hand patterns and deep pliés suggest Jeyasingh’s classical roots, with contemporary weight to her fierce lines.

    The Independent

Audience Reactions

  • 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!

Creative Team

  • Shobana Jeyasingh
  • Gabriel Prokofiev
  • Guy Hoare
  • Bronia Housman
  • Jan Urbanowski
  • Fabrice Serafino
  • Chris Fogg
  • profile-elisabetta-dAloia
  • Hian Ruth Voon


Strange Blooms was commissioned by Southbank Centre.
Gabriel Prokofiev’s music is performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd. Thanks to Jane Chapman (harpsichordist).