Shobana Jeyasingh – Outlander – Venice

Outlander – Venice

Choreography Shobana Jeyasingh
Music Robin Rimbaud – Scanner
Dancers Avatâra Ayuso, Sunbee Han & Sooraj Subramaniam
Costumes Ursula Bomshell
Premiere Palladian Cenacle, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy 18 June 2016
25 mins
Outlander was created specifically for the Palladian Refectory at the San Giorgio monastery, the home of one of Europe’s greatest paintings, the monumental ‘Wedding at Cana’ by Paolo Veronese. The piece was commissioned by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini for the prestigious Venice Biennale Danza 2016.

Shobana draws inspiration from Veronese’s exuberant masterpiece which features a contemporary, multicultural wedding feast. Performed by three company dancers, it is a closely observed series of solos that shift tantalisingly between reflection and speed. The work contrasts the cool power of Shobana’s choreography with the classical beauty of Venice. Each dancer becomes a character who brings their own mixture of strangeness and familiarity to Veronese’s celebrations on a specially designed catwalk lit by Sander Loonen and with a baroque inspired soundscape by Scanner.