2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. To celebrate we’re producing a series of podcasts that explore Shobana’s work, her pioneering vision and her contribution to the UK’s cultural landscape.
Join Guardian Dance critic Sanjoy Roy as he interviews Shobana, company dancers and collaborators to examine the themes and inspiration behind her adventurous work. We delve into the archives to find out how Shobana’s choreography did (or didn’t) fit into the dance scene 30 years ago, her research and creative processes, dance styles and the alternative path she has taken from the outset of her career.
The Dancer's Cut
How do you create dance movement? What parts are played by the different dancers, and by the choreographer? How does movement become choreography? Is there a difference between a movement sequence and a dance phrase?
Episode 6 of the Surface Tension podcast puts these questions to Shobana and six company dancers to open a window onto that most mysterious place in the dance world: the studio.
Staging Schiele: Bonus Episode
In this bonus episode listen to the Q&A with Sanjoy Roy and Shobana Jeyasingh on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, after the London premiere of Staging Schiele on 4 November 2019. This accompanies Episode 5 of Surface Tension which charts the process of creation, rehearsal and touring of Staging Schiele.
Episode 5 of Surface Tension charts the process of creation, rehearsal and touring of the company’s latest piece, Staging Schiele. Presenter Sanjoy Roy chats to Shobana, composer Orlando Gough, costume designers COTTWEILER, visual artist Ben Cullen Williams and dancers Dane Hurst, Estela Merlos and Catarina Carvalho about their respective collaborations on the piece.
Science and Science Fiction
Episode 4 of Surface Tension investigates the impact of science and science fiction on Shobana Jeyasingh's work. Presenter Sanjoy Roy asks what are the connections between science and dance and sci-fi and Shobana’s choreography?
Phantasmaton (2002), In Flagrante (2014), Trespass (2015) and Contagion (2018) are talked about in this episode with contributions from Ruairi Glynn, Marina Wallace, Pete Gomes, Dr John Oxford and Professor Kim Nasmyth.
Counterpoint, Too Mortal & Outlander
Sanjoy Roy asks Shobana about the practical and artistic questions of making work for different spaces. We speak to Jenny Waldman who commissioned Counterpoint in 2010 to be performed in and amongst the fountains in the courtyard of Somerset House. Too Mortal was commissioned by Dance Umbrella and the Venice Biennale to be performed in churches. We talk to Betsy Gregory, former Artistic Director for Dance Umbrella. We move on to Outlander from 2016, made for a monastery in Venice.
Episode 2 of Surface Tension turns the spotlight on Faultline from 2007. Presenter Sanjoy Roy recollects his memories of the piece, the style, aesthetic and evocative atmosphere. The anxiety, the coolness and the swagger of what it meant to be young, British and Asian at that time. We talk to Londonstani author Gautam Malkani, composers Robin Rimbaud and Errollyn Wallen, plus filmmaker Pete Gomes who all collaborated on the piece.
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Such a great podcast, excellent interview, can’t wait to hear more.
This is a brilliant first episode in the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance series. It’s a fascinating listen giving you an insight into how Shobana’s early work ‘Configurations’ was made in collaboration with Michael Nyman. Would really recommend!
Really good listen - fascinating insight into both the music and dance composition. Sanjoy is a very engaging host, and it’s always great to hear artists talking about their process. Looking forward to the next one!