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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company


SHOBANA JEYASINGH (Artistic Director & Choreographer)

Born in Chennai, India and now living in London, Shobana founded Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in 1988.

She has produced numerous works for stage, theatre and television. Her recent work includes site specific performances created for The Greenwich Borough Hall (with a live webcast from Bangalore, India), the café at Waterman’s Arts, Brentford (with DJ Mukul Patel) and for The City Hall, London.

She has also made work for Sonia Sabri Dance Company and Random Dance.

Shobana was awarded a London Dance and Performance award in 1988, received three Digital Dance Awards and, in 1993, an Arts Council Women in the Arts Project award in acknowledgement of her valuable contribution to the arts over the past decade. She has also been awarded two Time Out Dance Awards and in 1993 her Company was the overall winner of the prestigious Prudential Award for the Arts. Her dancework Palimpsest was nominated for the South Bank Show Awards in 1996.

In 1997 the Company was the subject of a BBC documentary entitled, "In Between, 3 Dance Pieces by Shobana Jeyasingh".

The Company tours throughout Britain and has visited major European and North American festivals. It is renowned for commissioning new music from eminent composers such as Michael Nyman, Kevin Volans, and Django Bates. Shobana Jeyasingh was awarded an MBE in January 1995 for services to dance and holds an honorary MA from Surrey University and an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University, Leicester. She is also a Research Associate at ResCen - Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing arts at Middlesex University and a NESTA Dream Time Fellow.