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Commissioned by Dance Umbrella and supported by ResCen.
With funding and support from the Arts Council of England, Greenwich Dance Agency and the Park Hotel Bangalore

Choreographer & Artistic Director Shobana Jeyasingh
Dancers Sowmya Gopalan, Mavin Koo, Chitra Srishailan [Bangalore]

Vocalists Stephanie Buttrich, Kristina Fuchs
Live Webcast Artistic & Technical Director Terry Braun
Lighting Designer Lucy Carter
Composer Donnacha Dennehy
Bangalore Film Director Pete Gomes (www.mutantfilm.com)
Visual Design Consultant and Costume Designer Joanna Parker

Live Webcast team
Webcasting in London Deckspace – James Stevens
Filming and webcasting in Bangalore Foresee Multimedia – Balachander Gandhekar, Sanjay Kumar
Bangalore Film & Webcast Production Assistant Preeti Sunderajan
The Park Hotel, Bangalore Lemuel Herbert, Chinnaswamy Solai

Production Team
Producer Suzanne Walker
Production Administrator Hannah Bruce
Production Manager Christopher Charles
Sound Engineer Paul Bull
Stage Builders Steeldeck
Costume Maker Caroline Hughes
Bangalore Press & PR Preeti Kumar (Park Hotel), Geetha Rao

For Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
Artistic Director Shobana Jeyasingh
General Manager Ruth Lilley
Education Officer Liz Hill
Acting Education Officer Magdalen Gorringe
Administrator Hannah Bruce
Admin. Assistant Liz Mitchell
Finance Consultant Penelope Easton

Webcast live from the Park Hotel, Bangalore
14/7 Mahtma Gandhi Road, 560042 Bangalore
www.theparkhotels.com


Collaborators biographies

SHOBANA JEYASINGH (Artistic Director & Choreographer).
Born in Madras, now living in London, Shobana founded Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in 1988. Her work for television includes Duets with automobiles (for the Arts Council/BBC series) which was shortlisted for the IMZ Dance Screen Award Frankfurt, Map of Dreams (After Image Productions) and Dancing By Numbers (Bandung File) for Channel 4, Late for The Late Show and a Network East Dance Special for the BBC. In 1997 the company was the subject of a BBC documentary entitled, In Between 3 Dance Pieces by Shobana Jeyasingh. Her work for theatre includes Cyrano for Tara Arts at the National Theatre; Twelfth Night for the Theatre Royal, Stratford East; and The Little Clay Cart for the Royal National Theatre. She has choreographed new work in Canada, Amsterdam and Finland a well as for The Women’s Playhouse Trust for whom she created a work for students of an East London school as part of its Life in the City series. Shobana was awarded a London Dance and Performance award in 1998, received her third Digital Dance Award in 1992 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 Prudential Award for the Arts, one of the U.K.’s most prestigious awards. Since its inception, the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company has gone from strength to strength, establishing itself as the leading exponent of contemporary Indian Dance. The Company tours extensively throughout Britain and has visited major European and North American festivals such as Springdance in Holland, Nova Danca Britanica
in Lisbon, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Massachusetts, the Vienna Music Festival and the Jomba Festival, Durban, South Africa. The Company is renowned for its commissions of new music from eminent composers such as Michael Nyman , Kevin Orlando Gough, Glyn, Graham Fitkin Michael Gordon, Django Bates and Jocelyn Pook. Shobana Jeyasingh was awarded an MBE in January 1995 and holds an honorary MA from Surrey University and an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University, Leicester.

 
  TERRY BRAUN (Live Webcast Artistic & Technical Director)
is an award-winning Television & Multimedia producer, with 20 years experience of directing and producing films for TV. These include a wide range of arts films from Dance for Camera through to the Turner Prize, as well as documentaries across history, culture and science, primarily for Channel 4 & the BBC. This television experience is coupled with 12 years at the forefront of multimedia design and production, including work for CD-Roms, the Internet and a wide spectrum of installations for museums and galleries. Terry works as a senior advisor on ICT and the arts to the Arts Council of England, having chaired the Arts Council's Combined Arts Project Fund from 1996 to 1999 and served on the UK government's Department of Culture Media & Sport's 'Creative Industries' panel on the Internet. In early 2000 Terry was elected to the British Academy of Film & Television Arts Interactive Entertainment committee, where he chairs the jury for the new InteractiveArts award, which he initiated.

Braunarts was formed by Terry Braun and Gabi Braun in early 2000, as a re-incarnation of Terry's successful multimedia production company; Illuminations Interactive, but with a sharper focus on interactive arts. Braunarts has built on the success and reputation of Illuminations Interactive in creating new partnerships between the Arts and New Technologies. Braunarts is based in the UK and works both in the UK and internationally to create and produce innovative works. Visit www.braunarts.com to find out more

 
  STEPHANIE BÜTTRICH (Singer)
was born on the 4th of July in 1968 and decided to become a professional user of her vocal chords right after her first scream. After studying school music in Köln, she went to Berlin with the musical group "College of Hearts". Besides music her passion has always been theatre. She has performed in various experimental music/theatre works by Piotr Klimak, Matthew Ostrowski, Anne Wellmer, Scott Blick, and Paul Doornbusch. In addition she was featured as a soloist with the "Gelsenkirchener Ensemble für Neue Musik." Since October 1997 she has been a member of the "Crash Ensemble" in Ireland, a group devoted to the promotion of contemporary music involving interactive multimedia. Since1998 she has been working together with the German director U.Kirsten-Hanne and the Swiss choreographer C.Gehrig-Binder as a singer, actress and composer. With Justin Bennet (drums + perc.) and Anne Wellmer (live sampling and electronics) she started in 1999 the Trio "GrandMal". In 2001 they released their first CD perfect fit on the new CD label Usounds which is a ground breaking music label for alternative electronic music. In 2000 she performed spi an electro-acoustic cantata from Y.Kiriakides winner of the audeamus prize for young composers. In 2001 she performed in the Aldeburgh festival and has been invited to Norway and Norwich as an improviser with electronic music.

  LUCY CARTER (Lighting Designer)
has worked extensively in dance over the past 10 years with a number of companies, including Random Dance, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Retina, Charles Linehan, Fin Walker, The Royal Ballet, Rambert, Stuttgart Ballet and Meme Banjo in France. She also works in opera and theatre. Recent projects include: Somewhere between Remembering and Forgetting, Stuttgart Ballett, Chor. Marguerite Donlon; Phantasmaton for Shobana Jeyasingh; Verska for Meme Banjo in France, Nemesis for Random, Phase Space a live video link between Gothenberg Ballet and Random at Snape Maltings in the UK; Flexible Shorts a full evening of work for Bedlam, Detritus for Rambert; a special project on Alice in Wonderland in Latvia with Chor. Olga Zhitluhina; The Rape of Lucretia on tour in Hungary, Dir. Brian Brady; Carmen, Opera Holland Park, Dir. Jamie Hayes Duologue with Random and the Royal Ballet in London, Snape and Washington; site specific work with Random in North and South Wales and Bury St Edmunds, DigitO1, Aoen and Sulphur 16 for Random; Brainstate, Symbionts with Wayne McGregor and the Royal Ballet Artists’ Development Initiative. She is currently working on Larkin with Women At West Yorkshire Playhouse; Carmen for Ballet Saarbrucken; Phoenix Dance’s first programme for the new company opening in 2003; Wayne McGregor’s new piece for Stuttgart Ballet 2003.

 
  DONNACHA DENNEHY (Composer)
was born in Dublin in 1970 and studied music composition at Trinity College Dublin and at the University of Illinois, USA. After finishing graduate studies in Illinois he pursued further studies briefly at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and at IRCAM, Paris. Returning to Ireland in 1997 he founded the Crash Ensemble not only to do his own music but also to concentrate on the newest music exploiting multimedia. Apart from his life as a composer and artistic director of crashEnsemble, he also lectures in music technology and composition at Trinity College Dublin. As a composer, he has gained a particular reputation for writing pieces combining acoustic ensembles and electronic media. His music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and soloists as diverse as the Orkest de Volharding of Amsterdam, London Sinfonietta, London Brass, Percussion Group of the Hague, Crash Ensemble, the Vanbrugh Quartet, Joanna MacGregor, Camilla Hoitenga and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has been featured in many international festivals, including EXPO 2000, the Gaudeamus Festival in the Netherlands, Bath International Music Festival, State of the Nation at the South Bank London, Concerts M Montreal, the Saarbrucken Music Festival, and ISCM World Music Days in Hong Kong. Recent premieres include "O" for orchestra by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and composition for percussion, loops, blips and flesh (with live electronics and 3 screen DVD) by the Percussion Group of the Hague. Future projects include another piece for the Percussion Group of the Hague this time with the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, a multimedia composition for Danish ensemble Contemporanea, and a WNYC commission for the Bang On A Can All-Stars to be premiered in New
York in the spring of 2003.

 
KRISTINA FUCHS (Singer)
was born in 1970 in iel/Bienne, Switzerland. She studied Jazz voice at the Swiss Jazz School in Berne and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, NL. She also followed various international Master Classes. Her main teachers were Rachel Gould, Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone and Lauren Newton. She has performed with numerous international artists and ensembles, Amongst others with Jeanne Lee, Ronan Guilfoyle, Christoph Erbstösser, Eric Vloeimans, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Théâtre de la Grenouille and No Place For Jennifer.
She has performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, North Sea Jazz Festival and the International Jazz Festival of Sete. With her own ensemble, the Kristina Fuchs Sonic Unit, she has appeared in all the significant Jazz Clubs and numerous Concert Hall venues in the Netherlands and toured in Switzerland. She is also a singer of New Music. She has amongst others performed work by Berio and Schwantner, Pat Clarke and Rijn van der Woudenberg. Kristina Fuchs is teaching jazz voice at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp at the Lemmens Institute of Leuven, both in
Belgium.

  PETE GOMES (Film Director)
is a film-maker and artist who works across all forms of celluloid, digital media and the internet. He has recently collaborated with Michael Nyman on a video installation at Gimpel Fils gallery and has also been working with film, architecture and wireless internet technologies across London. He has been writing and making film works for over a decade, which range from drama to abstract works and his 15 films to date have been screened extensively in the UK and at international film and media festivals. He held a New Technologies Research Post at the Institute of Contemporary Art from 1996-1998, having originally trained in 3 Dimensional Design. He is currently directing his first feature film, 4ps, a self-written, non-linear film, exploring the psychology of four archetypal characters over the period of one year.
His site www.mutantfilm.com shows his own film work and explores ideas of new film forms.

  SOWMYA GOPALAN (Dancer)
is from Bangalore, India and trained in Bharata Natyam at the Nupura school of Bharata Natyam, Bangalore. She is also a qualified chartered accountant. She is trained in the Indian Martial art forms of Chhau and Thangta. This will be the fourth tour for Sowmya with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. In 1994 she danced on the Raid tour and came back to the Company for Surface Tension in 2000 and Web last year. Sowmya has been extensively involved in the company’s education work.

 
  MAVIN KHOO (Dancer)
trained in Bharata Natyam under Guru Lakshan Adyar K.Lakshman (India), Cunningham Technique (New York) and Classical Ballet under Michael Beave and Marian St Claire (UK). He has worked as a solo and guest artist internationally and has collaborated with Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan and Christopher Bannermann. Mavin also works as an independent choreographer and his latest works include Margam (South Bank Centre) and Images in Varnam (Royal Green House). An Associate Artist at Akademi, for whom he danced in Coming of Age at the Royal Festival Hall celebration 2000, Mavin has created Works for National Youth Dance Company and London Studio Centre.

  JOANNA PARKER (Visual Design Consultant and Costumer Designer)
has worked most recently on a season of Czech operas for Opera Theatre Company, Dublin. The Cunning Little Vixen will be staged here in October for English Touring Opera. Her designs for Theatre de Complicite’s The Noise of Time which premiered in New York at the Lincoln Center, are currently on a world tour. This design incorporated video and projection as did the set design for Phantasmaton for Shobana’s most recent tour. Joanna has collaborated on earlier design work for contemporary dance with Lea Anderson and Jonathan Lunn but recently the main body of her work has been within opera and theatre. She has designed for the ROH, Scottish Opera and Opera Theatre Company, Hampstead Theatre, The Gate and The Young Vic and currently for Salisbury Playhouse.

back to top CHITRA SRISHAILAN (Dancer)
has been with the Company since 1996 and since then has played a major role in all of the works created for the company. She trained in Bharata Natyam with Guru Smt. Lalitha Srinivasan of Nupura, where she won the Best Dancer Award 2001. Chitra graduated in Kathak and Choreography from Natya Institute in Bangalore (Director, Guru Smt. Maya Rao) and has an MA in History from Mysore University. Chitra has performed in major dance festivals across India and last year choreographed a dance piece, Trishala and a solo Mosaic, as part of the Women's Empowerment Programme in Bangalore, India.
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