Photo by Malcolm Johnson

The main public event took place on November 13th, 2015. Hundreds of people of all ages packed out the Great Hall at the University of Sheffield’s Firth Court for an evening of hands-on science activities, demonstrations and creativity inspired by the Krebs Cycle.

BSDC’s performances were commissioned alongside several other artistic interpretations of the cycle, including Luke Jerram’s giant E. coli sculpture.

Company dancer Sooraj Subramaniam was our Hans Krebs, accompanied by a team of performers recruited from the Sheffield dance community. We punctuated the buzz throughout the very lively and busy evening with a series of vignettes, aiming to bring a bit of intrigue and humanity to the story of this fascinating scientist.

Photo by Malcolm Johnson

“Kathak is daring and unpredictable, yet whole and reassuring like clockwork. It’s uncanny how this circularity mirrors the Krebs cycle.” – Sooraj Subramaniam

Photo by Malcolm Johnson

Setting up ahead of the big night

Rehearsing before the crowds descent

Pop-up interventions

While the majority of the work took place on stage, we also created a number of pop-up interventions around the building. These emerged organically from the science installations, and were intended to surprise and delight the crowds.

Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art