English composer, producer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev is the founder of the Nonclassical record label and clubnight. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 2015 as composer for Shobana Jeyasingh’s Bayadère – The Ninth Life in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Prokofiev, son of artist Oleg and grandson of composer Sergei, was born in London and studied at Birmingham and York universities. He founded Nonclassical in 2003; its first CD release included Prokofiev’s String Quartet no.1 and a selection of remixes of the piece. His work is informed by his backgrounds in both classical and popular music, especially his work as a DJ and a producer of hip-hop, grime and electro.
In March 2015, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company premiered a new theatre work, Bayadère – The Ninth Life, commissioned by the Royal Ballet Studio Programme and inspired by the classic ballet: La Bayadère.
Drawing on Marius Petipa’s original choreography and the stories of the first real ‘temple dancers’ to visit Europe, joined by composer Gabriel Prokofiev, Shobana Jeyasingh’s 53 minute work illuminates the West’s fascination with the myth of the Orient. She examines how this legacy has directly affected the Indian diaspora today, and how the story of La Bayadère relates to modern fantasies of both East and West.
The electroacoustic work includes recorded improvised acoustic instruments - piano, percussion, strings. It received its UK premiere on 25th March 2015 in the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London.
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