Jeyasingh's TooMortal at St Pancras

Published: 14 August 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

TooMortal Credit: Yaron Abulafia

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s TooMortal, created for historic churches, returns to London for four shows only at St Pancras Church, on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September.

It premièred at the Venice Biennale in 2012. Since then, it has been performed in churches throughout the world and in 2019 was chosen as one of The Guardian’s best dance works of the 21st century.

Created for an all-female cast, TooMortal places the audience at the altar and its six crimson-clad performers in the pews. Half-hidden and waiting at the start, they emerge, rise, writhe, dive and fall to weave a story that moves between power and quiet reflection. Are they charting a journey from cradle to grave? Or cast adrift on a wooden sea?

Jeyasingh said, “it is wonderful to have the opportunity to look afresh at a dance work with a new cast. I very much hope that its themes and images will find an added resonance now."