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Staging Schiele

To hear the story of the creation, rehearsal and performance of Staging Schiele, listen to Episode 5 of the Surface Tension podcast.


Listen to the live recording of the post-show talk with Shobana Jeyasingh and Sanjoy Roy here.


★★★★ ‘I was gripped… impressive.’ Donald Hutera, The Times

‘A slick and skilful production’ The Guardian

‘Highly intelligent, choreographically striking and well worth seeing.’ Culture Whisper

‘Dane Hurst performs with immense grace and agility’


Fresh from the success of 2018’s Contagion (one of the year’s top ten dance works for The Guardian and Evening Standard), we’re touring a new piece, Staging Schiele, in Autumn 2019. It’s inspired by the extraordinary work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele, famous for his unflinching nudes and searing self portraits, and scrutinises the eternal conundrum of the male artist and the female model.

Four dancers inhabit Schiele’s highly-charged world of colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives, a world that puts the human body on visceral display. Shobana’s award-winning choreography matches the intensity of Schiele, engaging with his anxieties as well as his supreme self-confidence.

Staging Schiele captures the artist’s own self-conscious framing of himself and his work. Both intimate and formal, it throws light on his brief meteoric rise to fame.

18 & 19 October 2019
DanceEast, Ipswich

23 October 2019
The Roses, Tewkesbury

26 October 2019
MAC Belfast (part of Belfast International Arts Festival)

30 October 2019
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

4 & 5 November 2019
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Watch Trailer

Orlando Gough on composing music for Staging Schiele

Creative Team

Shobana Jeyasingh / Concept, Choreography & Direction Ben Cullen Williams / Set Design Orlando Gough / Composer Adam Carree / Lighting Design YeastCulture / Video Design Costume Design / Cottweiler


Catarina Carvalho Sunbee Han Dane Hurst Estela Merlos


Photos by Foteini Christofilopoulou

Staging Schiele is a Southbank Centre commission and supported by DanceEast.

Generously supported by the Dr Michael and Anna Brynberg Charitable Foundation, Garcia Family Foundation, the Leche Trust, Deborah Loeb Brice Donor Advised Fund at CAF, Mila Charitable Organisation, Oak Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation and all our Creative Circle and Apsara supporters.

The Staging Schiele score is performed with permission of BOOSEY & HAWKES MUSIC PUBLISHERS LIMITED.

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