Shane Solanki is an artist based in London. He creates stories which combine comedy, poetry, music and film. He enjoys working in a participatory way, facilitating others to tell their stories and creating environments which engender honesty, authenticity and vulnerability.
His career began with the record label Ninja Tune as in-house wordsmith. Simultaneously he was part of the Anokha collective, spearheaded by musician Talvin Singh. He has collaborated and performed with many world-renowned artists over the last twenty years, in fields spanning music, stand up comedy, spoken word, theatre and live art.
Recently, amongst UK residencies, he has completed residencies in India, Kenya and Nigeria, and released an album in collaboration with Mumbai-based electronic music producer Bandish Projekt.
He is currently developing two shows. ‘Superheroines I’ve Known and Loved’ is a comedy about why all men need to be feminists, explored through the lens of his troubled relationship to women. An initial scratch production performed at Rich Mix in London, was accompanied by his first collection of children’s poetry, illustrated by Eugenia Loli.
‘The Miseducation of Luna Khan’ is a musical fairy tale about a Muslim teenager who travels across oceans on the ruby yacht of Amira Khayyam, till she lands on an island called the Heart of Suffering. There, she encounters a community of eco-warriors led by the visionary scientist Buckminster Abdullah, and falls in love with a blind angel in a sauna.
His first collection of words for adults, ‘Songs of Immigrants and Experience’, will be published in Autumn 2017.