Sooraj Subramaniam

Sooraj Subramaniam is a dance artist originally from Malaysia, where he trained in the Indian classical dance styles of Bharatanatyam and Odissi. Later on, he deepened his experience of dance with classical ballet and contemporary dance practices. 

Sooraj continued classical ballet training in Australia and graduated from the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, at Edith Cowan University. At the same time, he co-directed Mudhra Dance Company, teaching and performing Indian classical and contemporary dance. Since moving to the United Kingdom, Sooraj worked firstly with Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance Creations, performing and teaching Bharatanatyam repertoire extensively across the UK with tours to the USA. He has also performed with Akademi over the years.

Subramaniam was an original cast member of Decreasing Infinity with Balbir Singh Dance Company,  dancing in the international and national tours over six years. Furthermore, he performed in Synchronised, commissioned by Imove for Cultural Olympiad 2012 as well as Triple Bill. More recently, with BSDC, he danced in; Painting the Gods, Champion of the Flatlands, and KrebsFest.  

With Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, he performed in Bayadère – The Ninth Life, Material Men redux, Outlander, and Material Men and Classic Cut. Finally, with Seeta Patel, he toured the UK in Rite of Spring.

While in London,  Subramaniam began training also in Kathak, adding to his rich and vibrant dance vocabulary. His own work is an organic amalgam of these styles, and he aspires to create work that is honest, relevant, and enjoyable. Subramaniam now lives in Belgium and continues presenting classical Indian dance solo work, as well as collaborating with companies and independent choreographers on dance commissions across Europe, with regular training and performance trips to India.

Subramaniam works in the intersection where contemporary dance and classical Indian dance techniques meet, continuously expanding on his movement vocabulary and dance practice.

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The Idea (learning to dance)
My destiny to bring them together
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts (learning to dance)
The story (love and spice)
Dance with live cooking
On the trail of love and spice
Love, spice – and healthy eating
Breakdown of The Strategists
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
An interview with Kuldip Singh Bist of the Delhi Hurricanes
Overview of The Strategists
Decreasing Infinity in India
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Sooraj Subramaniam
Breakdown of the piece (12)
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Moon, dance
The Collaborators
Bones, Bodies and Beats
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Script (12)
BMX and Flatland terminology
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (2)
Running order (full contact)
Watersplash! Uncovering hidden histories to reach new audiences
When Worlds Collide
Immersed in music
In the presence of geniuses
Olga Maloney
Exploring hidden worlds
Gary Beacom
A bridge to India
Jesse Bannister
A lost art?
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Kimberley Hardy
body/painting – dancers at an exhibition
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
Baines Cards
Who was Sir Hans Krebs?
Synchro in the city
Kali Chandrasegaram
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar
What is Kathak?
Life blood
A new aesthetic in the sport-art of synchro
AquaKathak – the creative water workout
Balbir on working with Gary
Colouring your emotions
Abirami Eswar
Care Homes Tour Leeds 2020
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Erica Mulkern
John Ball
Artistic Highlights
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
John Curry Olympic and World Champion
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom