Photo by Tom Decuyper

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.