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Material Men Redux & Hip Hop Masterclass - Birmingham

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Show Combines Hip Hop And Indian Dance
Hip hop and classical Indian dance are combined for an exciting new dance show Material Men redux.

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Hip hop influenced dance in Material Men


The new full-length dance work by choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh is at The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome over two days on Monday March 27 and Tuesday March 28.

Meanwhile, on March 25 and 26, dancer Shailesh Bahoran will be running a two-day hip hop masterclass for local dancers and hip hop crews at the Patrick Centre. There will be a maximum of 25 dancers, many of them very skilled but without any formal dance training.

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Material Men is in Birmingham Hippodrome


Material Men redux is a dynamic exploration of colonial history, migration, the violence of loss and the creation of new ways of belonging. It gives voice to a less mainstream version of British history, 100 years after indentured labour was abolished by the British government.

The dance production also features an evocative film by Simon Daw that shows archive photographic material, and historic texts.

Jeyasingh has been billed as "one of the most exciting choreographers" working in the UK today and this show weaves the shared history and personal stories of her two virtuoso dancers - Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran. The styles of the dancers is very different as one has a grounding in hip hop and the other has trained in classical Indian dance. Despite that, the two men share a common history rooted in colonial migration.

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A different kind of dance with Material Men


Hip hop dancer Shailesh is a descendant of great-grandparents who did the classic journey from a village in north India to work on the sugar plantations in Suriname. He is also a choreographer who is known internationally for his crew Illusionary Rockaz. Sooraj is a bharatha natyam soloist who has worked with
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in other works.

Music in the production is by acclaimed Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and will be played live on stage by The Smith Quartet with additional sound design by Leafcutter John. Material Men was commissioned by Southbank Centre in 2015 with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund for Elena Kats-Chernin's original score.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance is continuing to gain recognition and has been nominated Best Independent Dance Company in the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Material Men redux
The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome
March 27 & 28 - 7.45pm.
Tickets are priced at 16. For further information and to book, call 0844 338 5000 or visit the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

Information about the workshops is also available at the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

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Why? See cultural and vibrant new Indian Dance and Hip Hop
When: March 25 - 28
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: 16
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