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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, visual artist Ben Cullen Williams and lighting designer Adam Carree. Video design is by YeastCulture and costume design by Cottweiler.

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

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

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