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Friday 27 July: A Most Contagious Dance

Led by artists from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance


A one-day workshop using Shobana Jeyasingh's choreographic process to approach health and wellbeing issues creatively.

Contagion is a major new work by Shobana Jeyasingh investigating the metaphor of war as a global virus. It explores how the Spanish flu pandemic spread internationally in 1918, causing one of the deadliest disasters in human history.

A Most Contagious Dance will be Shobana Jeyasingh Dance's key participation project inviting participants, young and old, keen dancers or beginners to devise their own dance movements and develop their creativity.

A company dancer will work with course participants to explore Shobana's unique way of creating movement and experiment with these methods in relation to participants' own practice. While learning rep, you will also understand Shobana's unique use of classical dance reference and contemporary style. Following the course participants will be encouraged to create their own dance steps, record them and upload them to an interactive dance platform which will create a powerful map of 'Dance Contagions'.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • understand how Shobana Jeyasingh creates movement and choreography
  • use creative tasks efficiently with your participants
  • gain confidence in choreographing your own movements
  • encourage your participants to experiment with choreography
  • create your own dance work with your participants and take part in a national dance project.
The course is designed to support you to develop your personal and professional practice. You are expected to already have knowledge and skill in at least one dance form.


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