In autumn 2019, Shobana Jeyasingh toured Staging Schiele, inspired by the extraordinary work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. The company also captured and live streamed the work on 15 November.
Egon Schiele was famous for his unflinching nudes, searing self portraits and scrutiny of the eternal conundrum of the male artist and the female model.
In Staging Schiele, four dancers inhabit Schiele’s highly-charged world of colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives, a world that puts the human body on visceral display. Shobana Jeyasingh’s award-winning choreography matches the intensity of Schiele, engaging with his anxieties as well as his supreme self-confidence.
Staging Schiele captures the artist’s own self-conscious framing of himself and his work. Both intimate and formal, it throws light on his brief meteoric rise to fame.
With this piece, Shobana is joined by an exceptional creative team – composer Orlando Gough, visual artist Ben Cullen Williams and lighting designer Adam Carree. Video design is by YeastCulture and costume design by Cottweiler.
About this artist
Shobana Jeyasingh has been creating dynamic, fearless and enigmatic dance works for 30 years. Born in Chennai, India, she currently lives and works in London. Her acclaimed, highly individual work has been witnessed in all kinds of venues, including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. Her work taps into both the intellectual and physical power of dance, and is rooted in her particular vision of culture and society.