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SJD SHORTS Faultline

Created exclusively for our online audience, SJD SHORTS presents specially chosen excerpts from our rich catalogue, each one personally introduced by Shobana.

The first of these featuring Faultline will be broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday 17 May at 7pm (BST). Guardian dance critic Sanjoy Roy will be quizzing Shobana about this much acclaimed piece, which made it into the top ten dance works in the UK when it was first premiered. Click here for details, and to set an automatic Facebook reminder.

“Created in 2007, Faultline was a response to the 2005 London bombings and the spotlight it threw on young Asians. The angst, coolness and swagger that I found in Gautum Malkhani’s book Londonstani was a source of inspiration.” Shobana Jeyasingh


Listen to Faultline podcast
In Episode 2 of our podcast series, Guardian Dance Critic Sanjoy Roy talks to Shobana, author Gautam Malkani, composers Scanner and Errollyn Wallen and filmmaker Pete Gomes about their collaboration on Faultline.


Faultline has been central to our learning programme, and in addition to the broadcast we have a dedicated Teachers Resource to download here.  Avatâra Ayuso, one of our long-standing artists, has also devised a small choreography task, perfect for teachers and students of dance, available by email:


Fleetly, dazzingly executed, disturbing in what it tells you about another, shadowier, Britain.

The Independent

It’s a piece you can watch over and over again, and always see something new.

The Guardian

Faultline is thoughtful and serious, and, as you’d expect from Jeyasingh, a classy collaboration.

London Evening Standard

Creative Team

Shobana Jeyasingh / Concept, Choreography & Direction Scanner / Composer Errolyn Wallen / Composer for Live Voice Ursula Bombshell / Costume Designer Lucy Carter / Lighting Designer Pete Gomes / Film Director Dick Straker / Projection Designer Lorena Randi / Rehearsal Director Ed Railton / Production & Technical Manager Nigel Thomas / Sound Engineer Gary Tanner / Production Filming & Editing Patricia Rozario / Soprano


Rashpal Singh Bansal Kamala Devam Yamuna Devi Saju Hari Devaraj Thimmaiah Mandeep Raikhy Mavin Khoo Lisa Stefani


Photos by Chris Nash

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