Culture Whisper has been following her career with interest; we were particularly taken with her reinterpretation of the ballet La Bayadère, where she looks at the cultural projections and misunderstandings between 19th century – and indeed modern day – Europe and India.
Now Jeyasingh returns to history, but focuses on a single episode closer to our time: the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed over 50 million people.
Her new work, Contagion, evokes this terrible period; and this half-hour BBC documentary follows her attempt at choreographing history, as she researches the pandemic and draws inspiration from it.
Shobana Jeyasingh always works very closely with her dancers; and the film illustrates their join work to translate an historic episode into graphic and telling movement.
Highly original, Shobana Jeyasingh’s work is always rewarding for the viewer; and Choreographing History will give viewers a welcome first insight into her brand new work, Contagion.
|What||BBC Four Dance Season - Choreographing History|
|Where||BBC Four | MAP|
On 10 May 18, Time and TX date still TBC