Shobana Jeyasingh’s captivating choreography, Material Men Redux, precisely portrays the history of the Indian indentured labour system and colonial migration. Shobana shares the deep rooted historical events through individual stories of two dazzling strong performers of the Indian diaspora; Sooraj Subramanian and Shailesh Bahoran. The two versatile performers engaged the audience with their distinctive differences of technique. Sooraj trained in classical Indian dance – Bharatanatyam and Shailesh in Hip Hop.
and mistreatment of the indentured labourers. Whereas the performance itself shown this from subtle to aggressive gestures, stomps and krump-like movements. The overall performance was set alight thanks to The Smith Quartet, who performed live music onstage. The Smith Quartet truy enabled the audience, and certainly myself of course, to feel a sense of empathy, along with a mixture of emotions.
power move), as the saree wraps around his hand… He later expresses his frustration as he aggressively body slams himself to the floor, repeatedly pacing across the stage into a front flip. Later he pauses and breaks into the toy man dance; a dance style part of popping & The Electric Boogaloo.
known as Tattu Adavu.
self-expression and storytelling. I must command Shobana for the glorious imagery presented, as for
me, it was a lesson taught about the history of the Indian diaspora.