Photo by Malcolm Johnson

The Krebs piece began to take shape over a series of experimental rehearsal sessions. Our company dancers Sooraj Subramanium and Beth Bracegirdle set to work in the studio, taking inspiration from the physical shapes of DNA. The raw material they created was then shaped by Balbir.

Kathak, with its patterns, sequences and numbers, proved the ideal vehicle to describe the motion of the Krebs Cycle.

‘Beth (Bracegirdle) and I, coiled and linked like DNA strands, began the creative process. These ideas passed through the prism of Balbir’s artistic eyes to give rise to the kaleidoscopic patterns seen in the dance. Kathak is daring and unpredictable, yet whole and reassuring like clockwork. It’s uncanny how this circularity mirrors the Krebs cycle.’ – Sooraj Subramaniam

Rehearsals moved to the Great Hall of Firth Court in Sheffield, where Balbir incorporated a number of local dancers to take part in the show. The work had to relate to the other science and art exhibits, and with the dancers and musicians in situ, it really began to find its form.


“Artistically and culturally, I am about synthesising the best of both worlds. The work with Sheffield University for KrebsFest is a good example.”

Photo by Malcolm Johnson

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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