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