Shobana Jeyasingh Dance brings a vibrant and mysterious dance programme, Classic Cut, to the Laban Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Deptford this week (Thursday 4 October).
'..energy with intelligence... a classic…'
The London Evening Standard
'…fierce modern energy... pure pleasure…'
The first item in the programme is Configurations, a dance piece celebrated for its exhilarating speed and stunning detail. Created in 1988 with iconic composer Michael Nyman, the score has become his acclaimed String Quartet No. 2. This will be played live on stage for this performance by the Benyounes Quartet, the current holders of the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship in Strings from Trinity Laban.
The second part of the programme is Dev Kahan Hai?/Where is Dev?,an exploration of desire and anticipation in Indian classical dance and cinema. It features music by young composer Niraj Chag, whose credits include the BAFTA-nominated Simon Schama's Power of Artseries for BBC2.
Classic Cut has been co-commissioned by ROH2 at the Royal Opera House and The Point Eastleigh. The music commission by Niraj Chag is supported with funds from PRS for Music Foundation, and the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance tour is supported by The Leche Trust.
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
Since its inception in 1988, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance has worked throughout the United Kingdom and internationally, producing and touring dance works by its artistic director and choreographer, Shobana Jeyasingh. Each year, the company engages with up to 30,000 people through performances and a range of education projects.
Shobana Jeyasingh is acclaimed for her pioneering work in choreography. She deploys her South Asian roots to create work that is uniquely British. The dance itself is ground-breaking and contemporary in style but draws on many traditional forms and influences such as Ballet or Bharata Natyam, a centuries-old Asian classical dance form. This produces a language of movement with which people from all cultures can identify.
Laban Theatre is run by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the UK's only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. A creative and cosmopolitan community of performers, composers, choreographers, teachers and researchers builds on Trinity Laban's unique heritage whilst embracing the new, the experimental and the unexpected. Trinity Laban is known for its excellent training, its vibrant programme of performances and festivals, and its groundbreaking education, community and social inclusion work.
Our performances are presented in the Stirling-prize winning Laban Building - one of the world's largest venues for contemporary dance. Our beautiful theatre sits at its heart and the choreography displayed there inspires the dance artists we train.