Staging Schiele: Celebrating the Abject Corporeality of an Austrian Artist’s Sickly Subjects

Choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh and performed by her eponymous contemporary dance company, Staging Schiele is a kinetic celebration of the work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. The piece premiered on October 18 in Ipswich and then completed a tour around the United Kingdom, which culminated in two final performances at London’s Southbank Center last week. For those who may have missed one of the seven shows, there will be an online broadcast of the entire performance on November 15 at 17:00.

Manon Dane Hurst as artist Egon Schiele in Shobana Jeyasingh Dance's Staging Schiele (Photo: Foteini Christofilopilou)

Intended to be a pseudo-ekphrastic transformation of Schiele’s dynamic portraits of nude and semi-nude bodies into the medium of dance, Staging Schiele successfully captures the raw and, at times, horrifying emotional atmosphere embodied in Schiele’s art. The formal simplicity of the show—which features just four dancers, a single metal cage for the set, and minimalistic streetwear as costu