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.

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
Performance
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Accessibility
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