Shane Shambhu is a creative visionary adopting the roles of director, choreographer and creative collaborator. He creates productions that seamlessly integrate differing artistic practices and languages through collaboration, stemming from his knowledge of the Indian Performing Art of bharatanatyam.

Shane has an extensive performance career spanning, dance, theatre, opera, music, mime, mask, circus, film, radio, literature, visual arts and poetry. His productions explore perceptions of race, languages and identities and constantly defy any categorisation.   

Shane Shambhu shares and contributes his 

working knowledge from his unique intercultural 

standpoint to individual projects with companies, 

artists, academics, researchers and 



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Shane is an articulate, impassioned and engaging speaker.  His talks often take the shape of practical sessions to creatively engage and to stimulate fluid discussions and conversations around interconnected psycho-socio-political issues.       


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The Horizon Ahead...

Shane is currently Complicite AssociateAssociate of Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex and receiving regular support from Regent's University, London.  He leads his own module at East 15 Acting School with his unique dance and actor-training model. His continued research has been supported by a number of different Associateships, Residencies and Awards. 

  • Dance UK Future Leader Mentoring Scheme, 2013

      mentored by Alistair Spalding CEO, Sadler's Wells

  • Escalator Dancer-Producer Initiative, 2012

  • Associate Artist, The Hat Factory, Luton, 2011-2013

  • Akram Khan Company AKCT Bursary, 2010 

  • Directors Observership, Circus Space, Tamasha Theatre, 2011

  • Director-Designer Programme, Tamasha Theatre, 2009

  • Associate Artist, Dance 4, Nottingham, 2007-2009

  • Platinum Programme Award, 2007

  • Bonnie Bird Choreography Award, 2006

  • Collide Commision, 2006

  • Resident Artist, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, 2006

  • Resident Artist, Derby Dance Centre, 2005/2006

Shane continues to build upon his practice and examine ideas exploring perceptions of race, language and identities.

The Metamorphosis...

Shane's passion to follow his dream of a career in dance led him to depart from his bharatanatyam teachers, much to their disappointment. Shane's inquisitive and curious nature led him to follow his instincts and soon began exploring outside of his known language of bharatanatyam through working with different companies as a collaborator and performer.  


Complicite  Devisor/Actor

A Disappearing Number, 2007/ 08 / 10 

Radio Play BBC Radio 3

National Theatre Live

Laurence Olivier Award

Critic's Circle Award

Evening Standard Award

The Early Years...

Menagerie Theatre  Actor

Human Rights! Bloody Human Rights! 


Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company Dancer


with Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance, 2006 

Exit No Exit, 2006 

Flicker, 2005

Transtep, 2004

Phantasmaton/Hinterlandz, 2003 

Theatre Ad Infinitum 

Light, 2015   

Devisor/Actor/Mask Performer

Icon Theatre  Devisor/Actor/Co-writer

Release, 2011 / 12 

Fringe First Award

Nina Rajarani/Srishti  Dancer 

Equilibrium 2005

Quick! 2006   

Place Prize Winner 2006


Royal Opera House  Dancer/Actor 

Tamerlano, 2009

London Youth Circus

Juggling Choreographic Consultant

RhythmAsia, 2008

Moby Duck Productions


Wild Child, 2010

inDance (Canada) 


Recipes For Curry, 2009

Wardrobe Dance Theatre  Dancer/Actor

Triangle, 2006

Dragonbreath Theatre

Devisor/Dancer/Actor/Poetry Collaborator


Vayu Naidu Company 


South, 2003

City Arts

Creative Director/Choreographer/Collaborator

More Than one Anchor, 2012

London Jazz Festival


A Handful Of Dust, 2013



Savitri/Dido & Aeneus 2004/2005

Para-Active Theatre  Choreographer

Al' Daakan2002

Annapurna Dance Company


Moods & Melodies, 2001

Shane wanted to pursue dance in his formal education.  However, coming from a then strict Indian upbringing, there was strong resistance from his family to follow that course. Not having discovered a passion for academic study in engineering, applied mathematics, business information systems and marketing management over three years, he left University without graduating.

Whilst Shane was performing and teaching, he furthered his training and knowledge with

Mavin Khoo 

Prof. C. V. Chandrasekar 

Leela Samson 

Adayar K. Lakshmanan


During this time, he continued performing bharatanatyam repertoire at various community events and festivals both nationally and internationally including:


Double-bill with Akram Khan, 1999

Shaw Foundation Theatre, Singapore, 2000

Pradosham a solo performance evening, 2001

Nattuvanar for Mavin Khoo, Taiwan, Taipei, 2001

Nattuvanar, Thirupathy Performance, India, 2002

Pushkala Gopal & Unnikrishnan

Shane Shambhu began training in bharatanatyam with Pushkala Gopal and Unnikrishnan in East London. Pushkala Gopal and Unnikrishnan both trained with The Dhananjayans in Chennai, India.  In addition to their bharatanatyam training, Pushkala trained as a Carnatic singer and still continues to sing, Unnikrishnan also trained in Kathakali from Kalamandalam. Pushkala and Unnikrishnan arrived in the UK in 1986 to perform in the production of Adventures Of Mowgli produced by Akademi.  They remained in the country to promote and present Indian Classical dance due to strong demand for their work at the time.  They launched a company, Akshaya Dance Theatre and set up a bharatanatyam class to train a new generation of bharatnatyam dancers in the UK.