Photo: Chris Nash
Configurations/ Strange Blooms, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Southbank Centre - reviewed on 4th December
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance celebrates its 25th anniversary with a double bill showcasing both the company’s origin and present. In Configurations (pictured), Jeyasingh’s choreography reflects her classical Indian heritage with four dancers performing traditional movements, but in innovative formations and to the unusual accompaniment of a string quartet.
2013 work Strange Blooms is in such contrast that it could have been made by a different creator. Inspired by plant life, masses of rippling bodies reflect the projected scribble animations by Jan Urbanowski. In primarily other-worldly movements, there are only occasional, delightful glimmers of the choreographer’s South Asian background.