Ginnie has been producing the artistic programmes and outreach work of Shane Shambhu for the past 18 months. We met up at the Navadisha Conference in Birmingham in 2016 after first meeting in the 1990’s whilst doing my MA about the development and transformation of Bharatanatyam in Britain.
Shane is a great collaborator and I enjoy our partnership, we have funny and serious conversations about culture, we debate the meanings of race, power and politics and we both love talking and sharing ideas and concepts when developing contemporary work. Sometimes my role as producer is to listen, sometimes to see the work and comment on it, sometimes to be a sounding board for the frustrations related to touring work into theatres where audiences are small. Shane’s humour and perceptive insights into the world around us keeps me interested and more importantly …keeps me guessing as to what is around the corner!
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer has been touring to small scale dance theatre venues across the UK receiving 5 star reviews from Edinburgh Festival Fringe and national reviews from The Place and Tara Arts, London. Spring 2019 will see us touring to 16 more venues including Wales, North East and North West rural touring venues. Rural Touring Dance Initiative has been very supportive to this production and taken us to a much wider range of spaces and places, than we would ever have imagined and we are very grateful for their help. So take a look at future dates and see if you can meet us on this tour.
Shane Shambhu and Ginnie Wollaston have both been selected to attend the Surf the Wave programme during 2018. It is exciting to know that Shane Shambhu will be performing Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer in the Surf the Wave Festival showcase in May 2019. We look forward to touring the show again in the Autumn – Spring 2019-20 with support from the RTDI initiative and national venues.
Shane Shambhu photograph by Simon Richardson