Dance company offers dynamic exploration of rhythm, location and shared history

Shobanah Jeyasingh Dance ' Material Men and Strange Blooms. Picture by Chris Nash
Shobanah Jeyasingh Dance ' Material Men and Strange Blooms. Picture by Chris Nash

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance present Material Men & Strange Blooms at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on Tuesday, October 6 (01273 709709).

Spokesman Chris Challis said: “In Material Men, contrasts in style between classical South Asian dance and hip hop are the starting points for Shobana Jeyasingh’s dynamic exploration of rhythm, location and two dancers’ shared history.

“In one corner, Sooraj Subramaniam, exceptional bharathanatyam soloist and performer in some of Shobana Jeyasingh’s finest work. In the other, Shailesh Bahoran, phenomenal hip hop dancer and choreographer who made a name for himself with his crew Illusionary Rockaz.

“Shobana Jeyasingh brings her inimitable choreographic eye to the proceedings. Material Men features a new score by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, which will be performed live by The Smith Quartet.

“Strange Blooms completes the double bill. An ensemble work inspired by the cellular life of plants, it pits the energy of eight dancers against the pulsating music of Gabriel Prokofiev‘s score. Strange Blooms was originally performed as part of the company’s 25th anniversary celebrations in. This time, the dancers are Avatâra Ayuso, Antonette Dayrit, Sunbee Han, Jason Mabana, Estela Merlos, Wayne Parsons, Jack Thomson and Hian Ruth Voon.

“Over the course of her choreographic career, South Indian-born artistic director Jeyasingh has created work for a variety of venues and contexts including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. What sets the company’s work apart is a refusal to be confined by conventional notions of theatrical form and space.

“The company’s work draws on Jeyasingh’s south Asian heritage, rooted in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, but it is translated in to her trademark aesthetic.”

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