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Shobana presented one of her works, Bruise Blood, to six academics with a professional interest in the human body, and asked them to comment from their specialist perspective. These personal, insightful writings became the scripts for six individual film portraits.

Each film, shot in or around King’s College London, draws attention to unexpected commonalities, connecting disparate ideas. Defining them is the question of how we make sense of and portray the human body – in dance, in science, in a robot-led future, and through the lens.

Translocations was created as part of the Knowledge Producers programme, developed by the Cultural Institute at King’s. This programme connects King’s College London with artists, creating space to challenge conventions and discover original perspectives.

King’s College London
Anatomy Lecture Theatre
21 March 2014
Presented by Judith Mackrell

Creative Team

Shobana Jeyasingh / Concept, Research & Artistic Direction

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

Pete Gomes / Film Direction & Editing

Pete Gomes is an artist and director working across moving image and electronic media.

His film and video works navigate varied styles and genres using music, documentary, experimental, and narrative techniques, including commissions for stage, opera and choreography, including four commissions for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. His film, video and gallery works have been presented extensively including: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery, Channel Four, Architecture Foundation, Gimpel Fils, Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, Stedelijk Museum, Royal Opera House, Vienna Museum of Contemporary Art, Leeds International Film Festival, Sonar and others.

He is currently researching Improvisation and Filmmaking.

Based in London, he heads the artist run production company mutantfilm.

Fred De Faye / Sound Editing

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.

Will Saunders / Sound Recording

Academic Collaborators

Professor Kaspar Althoefer

Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Head of the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe),
Department of Informatics

Dr Johan Andersson

Lecturer in Urban and Cultural Geography

Dr Sarah Cooper

Reader in Film Theory and Aesthetics
Head of Department of Film Studies
Deputy Head of the School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Senior Lecturer, Department of Informatics

Dr Paul Sweetman Dr Darren Williams


Co-produced by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and the Cultural Institute at King’s College London as part of the Knowledge Producers programme

Supported by Arts Council England and King’s College London

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