Based at Somerset House in central London, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance produces the choreographic works of Shobana Jeyasingh which are multi-disciplinary and ambitious. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance was named Best Independent Dance Company by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in February 2020.
The company’s work involves collaborations and partnerships with an eclectic band of creatives who may be leading a baroque orchestra or designing the software for dancing with a robot. Our partners have included designers, universities, festivals, film makers, architects and art galleries among others. Since our work includes unusual sites our production work has to be bespoke and nimble. We tour widely in the UK and abroad in venues that are mid to large scale.
We are equally active on digital and online platforms. Our touring and site based work regularly includes specially commissioned film and digital visuals. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance we launched a podcast series, Surface Tension, which explores Shobana’s work that can be accessed on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, and YouTube. Our recent stage works have been regularly live streamed for UK and international audiences. Our specially curated interactive online dance series, SJD Shorts, reached over a million people online in 2020.
SJD is particularly noted for commissioning and co-funding new music – music that often goes on to become successful and widely heard in its own right. Some of the exciting composers we have worked with include Michael Nyman (UK); the celebrated film composer Illayararaj (India); Elena Kats Chernin (Australia); Michael Gordon (USA); Christos Hatsis (Greece/Canada); Orlando Gough (UK); Kareem Roustom (Syria/USA) and beatboxer Shlomo (UK).
Dancers are our most important creative collaborators and though we do not have a permanent company of dancers, we work closely with those who share our vision. Our company dancers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages. Our dancers are not only technical masters of their craft but also co researchers in the studio where ideas progress into performance. We also run programmes and projects which further our commitment to dancers’ professional and creative development.
We have a strong creative learning programme which seeks to share our enjoyment and belief in dance and physical creativity. We believe in the value of lifelong learning.
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance is proud and privileged to have been supported by the Arts Council of England and a range of Trusts and Foundations. We are also honoured to have a dedicated group of supporters and friends who believe in the work we do. We are governed by a group of trustees who are closely involved in both our vision and delivery.