Contagion was a new work launched in September 2018 by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance which commemorates the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, that killed more people than the First World War itself. The piece is inspired by the nature and spread of the flu virus, the unseen enemy that mankind was battling within, while engaging in more conventional warfare in the world outside. The striking work of the Austrian artist Egon Schiele, who fell victim to the Spanish flu, forms a visual footnote to the piece.

The performance at The Great Hall in Winchester was live streamed via You Tube on Sunday 23rd September 2018, directed by Terry Braun with digital support from Flying Object.

Terry Braun directs the live stream of Contagion

Terry Braun rehearses the direction of the live stream of Contagion

Terry Braun directs the live stream of Contagion

Contagion by Shobana Jeyasingh

Concept, Choreography & Direction
Shobana Jeyasingh

Set & Costume Design
Merle Hensel

Lighting Design
Yaron Abulafia

Video Design
Nina Dunn

Graeme Miller

Direction of Live Stream
Terry Braun

Digital Partner
Flying Object

Production Manager
Richard Owen

Sound Engineer
Fred de Faye

Rehearsal Directors
Claire Cunningham & Ruth Voon

Avatâra Ayuso

Catarina Carvalho

Vânia Doutel Vaz

Sunbee Han

Rachel Maybank

Estela Merlos

Emily Pottage

Ruth Voon

Funded & Supported by
Contagion was co-commissioned by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.