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In Flagrante

Shobana was commissioned to produce a lens-based work in collaboration with leading geneticist Dr Kim Nasmyth of Oxford University. It formed part of the MitoSys exhibition ‘Lens on Life’, curated by Marina Wallace, director of Artakt at the University of the Arts in London.

In Flagrante is inspired by the tension and instability inherent in cell division. It is made in collaboration with film-maker Ravi Deepres and features dancer Avatâra Ayuso.

European Union project MitoSys is a major multi-national research initiative in 2014/2015 that aims to deepen public understanding of how cells divide. Part of this project pairs up four leading scientists with four European artists.

Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome
10 Jul – 28 Aug 2014

Lethaby Gallery, London
20 Jan – 27 Feb 2015

Creative Team

Shobana Jeyasingh / Research & Choreography

Shobana Jeyasingh has been creating dynamic, fearless and enigmatic dance works for almost 30 years. Born in Chennai, India, she currently lives and works in London. Her acclaimed, highly individual work has been witnessed in all kinds of venues, including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. Her work taps into both the intellectual and physical power of dance, and is rooted in her particular vision of culture and society.

Shobana’s work is often enriched by specially commissioned music composed by an array of contemporary composers — from Michael Nyman to beat-boxer Shlomo. Her eclectic band of creative collaborators have included filmmakers, mathematicians, digital designers, writers, animators, as well as lighting and set designers.

Lavishly honoured and awarded, Shobana has also made a significant contribution to dance in the UK and internationally through her published writings, papers, panel presentations and broadcast interviews.

Photo by JP Masclet

Ravi Deepres / Film Director Avatâra Ayuso / Dancer

Avatâra trained in ballet (Conservatorio de Mallorca) and Linguistics (BA and MA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) before moving to London to train at London Contemporary Dance School. In 2005, she became part of the D.A.N.C.E. programme where she worked and performed internationally under the artistic direction of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. In 2008, she obtained a Masters in Professional Dance from Palucca Schule Dresden. As a choreographer, she has presented work internationally in Europe, Africa and Asia. Over the years, Avatâra has received several awards and grants to develop her skills as a dance researcher and cultural leader (completing studies with the Open University UK and the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme Emerging Leaders). She is Associate Artist of the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau Dresden and her AVA Dance Company Associate of The Creative Academy Slough. She was nominated for the 2015 UK National Dance Awards. Since 2007, Avatâra has collaborated regularly with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Steven Spencer / Animator Glyn Perrin / Music Remix Jo Nahye / Costume Research Alicia Clarke / Studio Assistant Philippa Barr / Producer Charlotte Semelyen / Producer


Film stills by Ravi Deepres

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