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Staging Schiele

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.

Shobana is joined by an exceptional creative team – composer Orlando Gough, designer and visual artist Ben Cullen Williams, lighting designer Adam Carree and with costume design by Cottweiler.

The piece will be accompanied by an innovative learning programme, bringing you closer to the work.

DanceEast, Ipswich
Fri 18 & Sat 19 Oct, 8pm

The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Wed 23 Oct, 7.30pm

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Wed 30 Oct, 7.30pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London 
Mon 4 & Tue 5 Nov, 7.30pm

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


Photo by Chris Nash

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

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

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