Shobana JeyaSingh


Shobana JeyaSingh


Born in Chennai, India and with roots in Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Shobana Jeyasingh lives and works in London. She has been creating dance works for 27 years. Her highly individual work has been seen in a variety of venues including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. It is work that is rooted in a vision of society that can be culturally coherent in new and unexpected ways and in a firm belief in the intellectual as well as the physical power of dance.

Especially commissioned music has been a significant feature of her work and has led to new scores from an array of contemporary composers ranging from Michael Nyman to beat boxer Shlomo. Her creative collaborators over the years have been drawn across a variety of media such as filmmakers, mathematicians, digital designers, writers, animators as well as award winning lighting and set designers.

Shobana Jeyasingh has made a significant contribution to dance in the UK and abroad through her published writings, papers, panel presentations and broadcast interviews.

Shobana Jeyasingh’s achievements as a choreographer and her company’s contribution to dance and dance education has been recognised by an honorary doctorate from University of Chichester, an honorary MA from Surrey University and an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University Leicester. She has won the Time Out award for best choreography twice and received the 2014 Award for Excellence in International Dance from the International Institute of Dance and Theatre. Shobana is a Research Associate at ResCen, the Centre for Research in Creation in the Performing Arts at Middlesex University.


Awaaz FM caught up with Shobana JeyaSingh when she came to Southampton


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