Suba Subramaniam

Choreographer and Dancer

Subathra Subramaniam is an independent choreographer, dancer and educator. She was the co-founder and artistic director of Angika for 11 years till its closure in 2009. Angika was a leading British dance company, touring nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. It was known for its collaborations with a wide range of artists and designers including commissioning some of the most exciting international composers and musicians to create original soundtracks specifically for the choreography.

Following Angika's close Suba established Sadhana, a dance company whose choreography draws from the rich vocabulary of Bharata Natyam, a South Indian classical dance form, and aims to be thought-provoking, visually charming and entertaining.

Subathra’s choreography aims to bring an innovative, contemporary approach to the rich vocabulary of Bharata Natyam, a South Indian classical dance form. She has choreographed numerous original pieces of dance for youth and school groups and was recently artistic director of “Returning to Dance Nepal”, a cultural exchange project between the Gurkha community of the Blandford Army Camp and the local community.  As part of the project, she choreographed a dance work for 13 Gurkha soldiers.

Subathra is a trained science teacher and has a Masters Degree in Education. She taught Science in a large secondary school for 5 years. One of her passions is creating and choreographing exciting projects that bring together the arts and science.  Her most recent project, “Dancing on Thin Ice” involved working with 25 students, a scientist, a composer and a film maker to create a dance, music and media production around the theme of climate change. She has also presented educational, science and arts programmes for “Teacher’s TV”, a channel dedicated to schools and teachers.

Subathra joined Cape Farewell on their first expedition to the Arctic in 2003. She's been a key member of Cape Farewell's Youth Programme and in September 2007 Cape Farewell Education took 12 young people from the UK, Canada and Germany to the Norwegian Arctic on a sail boat.  In September 2008, in conjunction with British Council Canada, 28 young people from the UK, Canada, Germany, Mexico, India, Brazil and Ireland went on a voyage to Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. The aim of these voyages is to inspire young people to become climate change ambassadors in their communities.

Subathra is regularly commissioned to deliver arts science projects for organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society and The Natural History Museum and has delivered presentations in this area for the British Council in Cuba, Thailand, Egypt, Canada and in the UK.  Subathra is the artist in residence at The Environment Institute at University College London and Associate Artist at South East Dance.  She is on the board of Dance UK and The Woking Dance Festival.

Students performing a group dance/movement piece choreographed by Suba Subramaniam during the 2007 Youth Expedition
Subathra Subramaniam performing a dance during the 2007 Youth Expedition
Subathra Subramaniam performing a dance in the Arctic

Subathra Subramaniam performs a dance during the 2007 Youth Expedition.