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The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance exceeds its Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 fundraising campaign

We were delighted to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 from Tues 30 November to Tues 7 December, during which time donations were doubled until we met our target, with all funds raised supporting our exciting new production, Clorinda Agonistes.

The campaign raised £17,661 from 41 donors, many of whom are new to our supporter community. Our donors are the lifeblood of our company and are kept closely connected to our work. Thank you to everyone who donated and to our wide network of loyal friends, with your support the forthcoming year is set to be extremely exciting!


How Big Give donations will make a difference:

All money raised during the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 will be used towards the making and touring of our next major production – Clorinda Agonistes, which is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells London.

Clorinda Agonistes is a dramatic and powerful work that weaves contemporary dance, baroque and new music, and film to create a story that explores violence, resilience and revelation across the boundaries of time, culture and religion.

It is inspired by the heroine of Claudio Monteverdi’s celebrated work Il Combattimento, the proud and fiery Muslim warrior Clorinda who refuses to reveal her name.

In this retelling of Clorinda’s story, Monteverdi’s heroine not only fights Tancredi the Crusader but also becomes symbolic of women engaging in and caught up in the struggles of the Middle East today. In this bravura act of time travel the beauty of Monteverdi’s baroque gives way to a specially composed score by celebrated Syrian American composer Kareem Roustom whose music is played live by a string quartet and incorporates the haunting voice of Syrian contralto Dima Osho.

The cast included rising star dancer Jemima Brown and acclaimed tenor Ed Lyon. The live music is conducted by Robert Hollingworth, founder and director of the renowned I Fagiolini.

The work has been through rigorous research and development over the past two years and the final production and stunning stage design  will continue until the production is toured nationally in summer and autumn 2022. 


Clorinda Agonistes_Big Give Christmas Challenge_Photography by Chris Nash

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