I first met Shane Shambhu during my MA studies in the mid 1990s, when he was learning Bharatanatyam dance as a student of Pushkala Gopal, in East Ham. He was the first student to perform an Arangetram on the Queens Theatre stage in Hornchurch, Essex. We met again at the Navadisha Conference in Birmingham 2016 when he asked me whether I might be interested to be his producer on his new solo show that he had been working on for a year. As a Complicite Associate Artist, I was curious to see how he was combining the experience of some of the best contemporary theatre that I know with the classical and stylised form of Bharatanatyam. I have been utterly delighted to work with Shane and discover how he is making a new theatrical language for himself, which you will see in this show.
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dance combines his considerable dance theatre skills with his ability to sketch a character and a scene within a few gestures that illumines his life experiences with humour and honesty that we can all relate to. It has been a pleasure to share this journey with him and to discover how as a producer I can help him share and shape his artistic vision for this and future productions. Shane has been supported by Complicite to develop his skills as an actor and therefore I include this quote from Poppy Keeling about the show:
‘Shane is a highly skilled performer and theatre maker and the piece is funny, moving and offers a much-needed perspective in today’s political climate. The show deserves to be seen widely.’ – Poppy Keeling, Associate Producer, Complicite
Shane is a Complicite Associate and Associate of Lakeside Theatre, having previously worked with The Hat Factory and Tamasha Theatre to develop his role as a creative director within dance theatre. He brings fresh, alternative perspectives to the creation and presentation of works, driven by a passion to inform and shift notions and perceptions of race, language, identity and the classical Indian performing arts.
Shane has created solo works Impermanence, Leaving Only A Trace and Dr Jagad & Mr Haridas and directed his own dance theatre production Power Games. He danced with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (2003-6) in Exit no Exit, Transtep, Flicker, Phantasmaton and City: Zen with Hong Kong Contemporary Dance. His theatre credentials include performing in award winning productions A Disappearing Number (Complicite) Release (Icon Theatre) Light (Theatre Ad Infinitum) and Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights (Menagerie Theatre)
In Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, Shane shares his life experience of growing up in London, speaking two languages and living within many more cultures. He reveals how he…View More