(b Chennai, 26 Mar. 1957)
Indian-born British-based choreographer and company director. She studied at the University of Sussex in England, gaining an MA in Renaissance studies, and trained as a dancer in bharata natyam, the classical dance of South Asia. During the 1980s she toured Britain as a solo bharata natyam performer and in 1989 founded the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. Becoming one of the leading modern dance choreographers in Britain, Jeyasingh experimented with elements of the bharata natyam style, re-imagining it for her ensemble and extending it into the language of post-modern dance. She has collaborated with some of Britain's leading composers, including Michael Nyman, Glyn Perrin, and Graham Fitkin. A list of work for her own company includes Configurations (mus. Nyman, 1989), Correspondences (mus. Volans, 1990), Making of Maps (mus. Alistair McDonald, 1992), Romance…with Footnotes (mus. Glyn Perrin, Karaikudi Krishnamurthy, 1993), Duets with Automobiles (for video, mus. Orlando Gough, 1994), Raid (mus. Glyn Perrin, Haiyaraaja, 1995), Palimpsest (mus. Graham Fitkin, 1996), Memory and Other Props (mus. Alistair McDonald, 1998), Fine Frenzy (mus. Django Bates, 1999), Phantasmaton (mus. Jocelyn Pooks, 2002), Exit No Exit (mus. Nyman, 2006), and Faultline (mus. Errollyn Wallen, 2007). She has also created work for City Contemporary Dance Company(Hong Kong) and Ballet Black among others.
http://www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk Website for the Shobana Jeyasingh company