Rajni Shah

Tue 19 Apr 2011, Wed 20 Apr 2011, Thu 21 Apr 2011

Silk Street Theatre, Barbican

Theron Schmidt

Rajni Shah and company will perform with students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and local residents, in this haunting and unusual new musical that will be completely reinvented for every location as it tours the UK, as members of each local community work with the company to create this event.

Glorious explores the spaces of both fear and hope that have emerged as a result of an increased awareness towards climate change, shifts in border policies, and the dramatic impact of the financial collapse.

At a time when many people feel dis-empowered and frustrated, this production beautifully embraces a sense of hope in an unknown future.

Artist Profile

Rajni Shah’s work leans gently but clearly across disciplines, countries and thought structures. She is a quiet voice of change, creating and curating visually engaging performances, interventions and writings that open up space for conversation and meeting. Her approach places a strong emphasis on collaboration and engagement. Whether in a public space, in a theatre or on the page, Rajni finds ways to shift perspectives and invite intimate dialogue with strangers.

Rajni Shah has performed in the UK, Europe and the USA. She is an Artsadmin Associate Artist and was recently nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship Award.

Glorious is a production by Rajni Shah in collaboration with Lucille Acevedo-Jones, Lucy Cash, Karen Christopher, Becky Edmunds, Sheila Ghelani, Marty Langthorne, Mary Paterson, Ben & Max Ringham, Suzie Shrubb, Helena Suarez, Steve Wald and Chahine Yavroyan; and with local residents and musicians at each location. Guest perfomer Tiffany Charrington.

Performance time: 19:30 (13:00 on 21 Apr)
Running time: 105mins / no interval

World premiere
Commissioned by SPILL Festival at the Barbican, London. Co-commissioned by Live at LICA (Nuffield Theatre Lancaster), Wunderbar festival and InBetween Time Productions

Supported by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and many generous individuals.

Rajni Shah post show talk hosted by Robert Pacitti 20 April, 9.45pm in the Hammerson Room (free event)

Photo credit: Theron Schmidt