Clorinda Agonistes: a new multimedia production

A major new stage show for 2022, co-produced by Sadler's Wells London, and inspired by the heroine of Claudio Monteverdi's "Il Combattimento", the proud and fiery warrior Clorinda. A dramatic, powerful work that weaves contemporary dance, baroque and new music, and film to create a story that explores violence, resilience and revelation.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1014567)

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Campaign target





  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Our driving passion has been to place dance in the centre of the dialogue of ideas. We believe that dance can stimulate the mind as well as the body. Clorinda Agonisites is our heartfelt response to the seismic cultural shifts that continue to create turbulence in the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world. The creation of this work marks our commitment to supporting the livelihoods and creativity of our dancers and freelance community who have been so badly hit by Covid-19.


SJD continues to create high quality dance to provide essential work opportunities and connect positively with new and existing audiences throughout the ongoing pandemic, with the goal of coming through this challenging period with a renewed sense of energy and ambition. Clorinda Agonistes will stimulate audiences to engage with current and pressing political, historical, and cultural issues from a new perspective. This will contribute to a more consensual understanding.

  • ‘When Shobana Jeyasingh is firing on all cylinders there is hardly another UK choreographer who can touch her.’

    — The Times

  • ‘Both my daughter and myself were thoroughly engrossed in the performance from beginning to end. The dancers were mesmerising and the whole show was just fantastic!’

    — Audience member

  • 'We are immensely proud and privileged to be able to support the development of new work at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Being even a small part of the creative journey that brings an exciting new performance to the wider audience is extremely important to us.'

    — Sandi and Jake Ulrich, members of the SJD's Creative Circle and donors