A new Southbank Centre commission for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, with a score by the award winning Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin performed by the Smith Quartet, has been funded by the RPS Drummond Fund.
Material Men is a virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers, Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran of the Indian diaspora, who contrast in style between classical and hip hop, in a dynamic exploration of rhythm, location and shared history. Material Men features a newly commissioned score by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, performed live by The Smith Quartet, including sound design by Leafcutter John.
Material Men premiered at the Southbank Centre in September 2015. It has toured to Cheltenham, Brighton and Swansea.