“…skilfulness, nuanced power and sheer watchability” The Times (Material Men, 2015)
Material Men Redux is a full length virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers of the Indian diaspora. Their chosen dance styles could not be more different – classical Indian and hip hop. However, they share a history rooted in the dark realities of colonial migration and plantation labour. Material Men Redux explores the violence of loss and the creation of new ways of belonging.
This show features a score by acclaimed Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin played live on stage by The Smith Quartet.
Shobana Jeyasingh says: “Indentured labour which replaced slavery resulted in the migration of over three million Indians to provide cheap labour (known derogatively as coolies) for the European powers in plantations across the globe. It was abolished in 1917.”
Suitable for 12+ years
Fri 28 Apr Stay after the show for an informal discussion with the company.
Material Men was commissioned by the Southbank Centre in 2015 with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance is generously supported by The Foyle Foundation, Garcia Family Foundation, Dr. Michael and Anna Brynberg Charitable Foundation and Oak Foundation.
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Spring 2017