Shane Shambhu: Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer at Queen's Theatre

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In a nutshell

Shane performs his life experience of growing up in London using Indian dance with a twist of stand-up comedy.

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In Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, Shane shares his life experience of growing up in London, speaking two languages and living within the cultural mix of East Ham. His story is familiar to all those who have moved cities, migrated from other countries and struggled to create the cultural world of their dreams and lived experience.

The show, part monologue, part dance recital, starts with a mint offering to the audience and through this humble act of hospitality, Shane invites the audience into his world. His dynamic bharatanatyam dance sequences create an instantaneous connection between audience and dancer, inspired by the beautiful music of Surinder Sandhu. His East Ham landscape haunts the video projection devised by Martin Dewar to provide glimpses of people and places defying specific location or country. His playful switch of characters, now female compere, now student, now grandfather, now guru, carries the audience with the performer, which is both comic and moving.

Shane is a compelling performer who elaborates the journey of a 'hero' who receives a classical dance training then struggles through life challenges to refashion that training into a movement vocabulary fit for contemporary living.

What to Expect

This is a one man show with dance, theatre and live interaction with the audience, involving some stand-up comedy moments. There is a sound track accompaniment to the dance sections by Surinder Sandhu with video projections onto a simple 3 saree backcloth that provides an imagistic context to the narrative of the life story. Shane Shambhu contrasts his experience of performing his first dance recital (Arangetram) of classical indian dance at 17 years old with his life experience now as a professional performer - revealing the life challenge to fashion his own dance style. His performance style is witty and compelling.

Who's Involved

Shane Shambhu is a director, award-winning choreographer and creative collaborator and his creative visioning brings fresh, alternative perspectives to the creation and presentation of productions. Shane is driven by a passion to shift perceptions of race, language and identities along with the Indian Performing Arts.

Venue Details & Map

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Billet Lane
RM11 1QT
+44 (0)170 844 3333

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