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
Nick Rothwell (aka Cassiel) is a composer, performer, software architect, programmer and sound artist. He has built media performance systems for projects with Ballett Frankfurt and Vienna Volksoper (choreographer: Michael Klien) and Braunarts, and interactive installations for Sonic Arts Network, TECHNE (Istanbul) and the Kinetica kinetic art fair (London). He has worked at STEIM (Amsterdam), CAMAC (Paris) and ZKM (Karlsruhe) and has composed soundtracks for choreographers Aydin Teker (Istanbul) and Richard Siegal (Laban Centre), and performed with Laurie Booth (Dance Umbrella, New Territories), and at the Different Skies Festival (Arcosanti, Arizona), the ICA, and the Science Museums Dana Centre.
Ursula Bombshell studied fashion design at St. Martins School of Art, London (BA Hons) before heading off to work in Paris. On her return to London she set up her own fashion label, which led to costume design for contemporary dance. She has worked on several productions with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.
Over the past 17 years, Yaron has designed lighting for nearly 100 theatre and dance performances, installations, concerts and television shows internationally. His passion for lighting design developed after six years of painting and sculpture studies; a visual influence which is often distinguished in the characteristics of his designs.
Alongside his artistic career, he is completing a PhD at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) on the Semiotics and Poetics of Light in Contemporary Theatre. He holds a Masters degree (M.F.A.) in Scenography from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, and B.A. in theatre studies from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
He has won First Prize for lighting design in a competition supported by PHILIPS for his work on Peer Gynt (Romania, 2008), and has been nominated for the Knight of Illumination 2011 for his work in Awakenings with Rambert Dance and for best lighting design for theatre for In the Solitude of Cotton Fields (Israel, 2011).
A sonic artist and composer, and member of the People Show theatre, Fred learnt his trade in Paris as a recording engineer, moving to England to become the personal recording engineer of the Eurhythmics.
Through his career he has mixed and recorded albums for the likes of Bob Dylan, The Prodigy, Depeche mode, Tom Petty, David Gray and many more. He has sound designed for theatrical experiences created by Punchdrunk, Burberry, Tods and Philipp Plein fashion shows in Paris, London and Milan. Fred has also composed music for choreographer Garance Marneur, on behalf of Levy Dance in San Francisco, for Alone Together and Pull Me Closer part of the SF International Art Festival 2017.
Touring as a live sound engineer, his broad client base includes choreographer Lee Anderson, Patti Smith, and the KLF Welcome to the Dark Ages. Fred has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh for the past eight years.
Originally commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia (Venice), Dance Umbrella (London), Dansens Hus (Stockholm) and BITEF Festival (Belgrade) within ENPARTS – European Network of Performing Arts, with the support of the European Commission.
Photos by Yaron Abulafia
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