News: Just Add water?

Tuesday 14 April 2009

There are parallels between Shobana Jeyasingh’s style of choreography, which embraces both European ballet and South Asian bharata natyam and the UK’s eclectic and ever evolving cuisine, so perhaps its not so surprising that her latest full length work is about food.

One of her inspirations has been chef Heston Blumenthal.

“I like to think I have a similar approach to Heston …When he invents something like a pine cone omelette or brain custard, he uses ingredients that apparently have nothing to do with each other. But at some deep, molecular level, he finds a connection between them. In the same way, I look for something deep in the movement that connects ballet and bharata natyam.”
Read more in the Guardian, 14 Apr 09

Watch a taster of rehearsals featuring interviews with Shobana Jeyasingh and her dancers, Guardian, 29 April.09

The varied cultural heritage of Jeyasingh’s dancers has also fed into the mix of Just Add Water? and for the first time ever in her career she decided she wanted them to talk. “But.. I didn’t want them to stop dancing in order to speak – I have a reasonably specific style that I didn’t want to disrupt. So, the first thing I did was to accept that the dancers’ voices would come from a place that wasn’t calm, and to put them in physically demanding situations and have them talk about their favourite recipes at the same time.”

Read more in the Telegraph, 25 Apr 09

Enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to see Just Add Water? on Saturday 2 May 09

Catch Just Add Water? at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House from 1 – 6 May 09. More details/online booking

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