Photo by Malcolm Johnson

KrebsFest celebrated the research of Sir Hans Krebs, a German- born biologist, physician and biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1953 for his pioneering work at the University of Sheffield.

Krebs’s most famous discovery was the citric acid cycle, also known as the Krebs cycle. His research explains one of the most fundamental processes of life: the conversion of food into energy within a cell.

Krebs was born in Hildesheim in northern Germany in 1900. In September 1918, six months short of completing his secondary school education, he was conscripted into the Imperial German Army. He was allowed to sit an emergency exam for his high school diploma, and passed with such a high score that he suspected the examiners of being “unduly lenient and sympathetic”!

With the end of the war two months later, his conscription ended. He followed in his father’s footsteps and studied medicine before deciding his future lay in research rather than medical practice.

Krebs, who was Jewish, left Germany in 1933 after he was dismissed from his post at the University of Freiburg following Hitler’s rise to power. He initially worked at the University of Cambridge before he took up a post at the University of Sheffield in 1935 where he worked for 19 years.

Who was Hans Krebs?
Photo by Malcolm Johnson

The Krebs event featured building projections and games inspired by Sir Hans Krebs’ research


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
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