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Shane Shambhu presents
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer
Saturday 29 July
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In a nutshell
Shane performs his life experience of growing up in London using Indian dance with a twist of stand-up comedy.
In Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, Shane shares his life experience of growing up in London, speaking two languages and living within the cultural mix of East Ham. His story is familiar to all those who have moved cities, migrated from other countries and struggled to create the cultural world of their dreams and lived experience.
What to Expect
The show, part monologue, part dance recital, starts with a mint offering to the audience and through this humble act of hospitality, Shane invites the audience into his world. His dynamic bharatanatyam dance sequences create an instantaneous connection between audience and dancer, inspired by the beautiful music of Surinder Sandhu. His East Ham landscape haunts the video projection devised by Martin Dewar to provide glimpses of people and places defying specific location or country. His playful switch of characters, now female compere, now student, now grandfather, now guru, carries the audience with the performer, which is both comic and moving.
Shane is a compelling performer who elaborates the journey of a ‘hero’ who receives a classical dance training then struggles through life challenges to refashion that training into a movement vocabulary fit for contemporary living.
Shane Shambhu is a director, award-winning choreographer and creative collaborator and his creative visioning brings fresh, alternative perspectives to the creation and presentation of productions. Shane is driven by a passion to shift perceptions of race, language and identities along with the Indian Performing Arts.
Surinder Sandhu is a composer, a bandleader and master of the rarely heard Indian instrument, the sarangi. Surinder’s approach to his music is epic in concept, vision, scope and inclusive in its execution. His albums include Karma Machine, SauRang, Cycles and Stories and The Fictionist, renowned in World Music.
Martin Dewar has worked in the entertainment industry for ages and moved from lighting into projection design after noticing how much sitting down projection designers do. This is his second show for Shane Shambhu. Other recent projects include Space Play and The Listening Room for The Crowded Room/Brave Badger.
Bettina John is a freelance set and costume designer active in the UK and Germany. She has worked with theatre and dance makers such as Ben Duke (Lost Dog), Tony Adigun (AvantGarde Dance), Tom Roden (New Art Club), Hagit Yakira and James Cousins and designs for opera and musical.
Prema Mehta has since designed the lighting for over one hundred drama and dance productions and installations. Designs for the UK include lighting at the O2 Arena, Latitude Festival, Liverpool Everyman, Derby Theatre, South Bank Centre, Westminster Hall and Madame Tussauds.
Donald Hutera is a veteran international arts journalist, writer, editor and commentator specialising in dance, theatre and live performance. Hutera is a mentor, dramaturg and curator for GOlive Dance and Performance Festival and Women GOlive. He co-founded Chelsea Arts Collective in 2014, with commissions from InTRANSIT Festival.
Jonathan Lichtenstein is Professor within the Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Essex. His stage plays include Darkness, Memory Moving the Scrolls, Human Rights and The Pull of Negative Gravity (being developed into a film). He is currently on attachment to The National Theatre.
Daniel Ellis is a freelance theatre maker based in the East Midlands. Since graduating from the University Of Derby with a First Class Honours degree, he has worked on a variety of different productions and is a keen Sound Designer and Composer for his own company Open Road Productions.
Ginnie Wollaston is an Independent Producer working with dance theatre artists for her company Moving Souls Dance. She has worked in dance and arts management for Birmingham Royal Ballet (Ballet Hoo changed my Life Channel 4 production); Anurekha Ghosh Noor; Daksha Sheth Dance Company and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.
What people are saying
'Combined humour with expressive physicality and shone a spotlight on what it means to have a ‘foreign identity’ in Britain today' Croydon Citizen
'It is through his body that Shane tells the stories best.' Pulse Magazine (online)
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix offers us a vital engagement with audiences, interested in contemporary theatre that tackles cultural identity and political issues. Having grown up in East London, Shane supports the artistic vision of Rich Mix to offer artists a platform to share their work and be seen and heard. '
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Things you should know
For ages 16+ (though younger people may attend with parental guidance)
Latecomer’s Policy – allowed in up to 7mins late, no more thereafter.
This event is wheelchair accessible.