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Surface Tension – the podcast from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Listen now! Surface Tension is available from iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Libsyn, and on our YouTube channel.

2019 marked the 30th anniversary of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. To celebrate we produced a series of podcasts exploring Shobana’s work, her pioneering vision and her contribution to the UK’s cultural landscape.

Join Guardian Dance critic Sanjoy Roy as he interviews Shobana, company dancers and collaborators to examine the themes and inspiration behind her adventurous work. We delve into the archives to find out how Shobana’s choreography did (or didn’t) fit into the dance scene 30 years ago, her research and creative processes, dance styles and the alternative path she has taken from the outset of her career.


Episode 1. Configurations
‘System, meet system.’ When Shobana Jeyasingh met Michael Nyman.


Episode 2. Faultline
Episode 2 of our podcast, Surface Tension, turns the spotlight on Faultline from 2007.


Episode 3. Counterpoint, TooMortal and Outlander
In this episode, presenter Sanjoy Roy opens by asking Shobana about the practical and artistic questions of making site-specific work for different spaces outside of theatres.


Episode 4. Science and Science Fiction
Episode 4 of Surface Tension investigates the impact of science and science fiction on Shobana’s work.


Episode 5. Staging Schiele

Accompanying  Shobana Jeyasingh’s latest work, Staging Schiele, Episode 5 of Surface Tension charts the process of creation, rehearsal and touring of the piece.


Episode 6. The Dancer’s Cut

Movement is at the heart of choreography – but how is it generated and how does it become choreography? Shobana and six company dancers talk about what happens inside the dance studio.

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