Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Strange Blooms

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Celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Shobana Jeyasingh's company, a new piece set to a specially commissioned score by Gabriel Prokofiev. 'Strange Blooms' is inspired by the visual flamboyance of flowers and the mysterious inner life of plants. 'Strange Blooms' will be seen in a double bill with Jeyasingh's seminal 1988 work 'Configurations', melding classical Indian and contemporary dance against a Michael Nyman score.

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Barbara Polanski

The performance of Configurations was of a very high standard, both in terms of the classical artistry of the dancers and the faultless handling of a difficult score by Michael Nyman by the Benyounes Quartet, its compelling structure and flowing energy driving the dancers back and forth across the stage in ever changing and exquisite relationships. In contrast to the focused lighting and bare stage and serene mood of this first piece, the second - strange blooms- burst into life with a cacophony of percussive mechanical sounds. The choreography, angular, precise-at times aggressive, at times self possessed, was exhilarating. I was particularly interested in the use of rather beautiful animated projected graphics lit up the stage designed specifically to compliment the sounds and movements. A fantastic mix of East and West-highly recommended.