Surafce Tension and Palimpsest – Leaflet

Series nameProduction: Palimpsest 1996 - 1997 and 2000-2002

This six-page, colour leaflet was produced for the tour of two performances, ‘Surface Tension’ and ‘Palimpsest’, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre in 2000. The leaflet provides an overview of the company and brief biographies of Shobana Jeyasingh, the dancers and musical and technical collaborators. The composers for this performance were Kevin Volans and Graham Fitkin. The dancers in the 2000 tour were; Sowmya Gopalan, Anusha Lall, Rani Nair, Jiva Haran, Jasmine Simhalan and Chitra Srishailan.

Date of Creation / Publication2000
CreatorWilliams, Simon
Associated Person/ OrganisationShobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
Collection and Reference Number Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (GB 2661 SJ)
Catalogue NumberSJ/PRO/PP/2
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
Series notesIn 1995, Shobana Jeyasingh choreographed 'Palimpsest', a dance performance rooted in Bharata Natyam and layered with contemporary movement. A 'palimpsest' is a manuscript which has been partly erased and written over. For Jeyasingh, this was a metaphor for memory, in which the past is constancy overlaid by fresh experiences.

The score was composed by Graham Fitkin,composer in residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (1994 -1997), and well known for his ensemble and dance work. For Jeyasingh's production, Fitkin used a contemporary score for modern strings and clarinets. The production won the Time Out award for best choreography in 1996.

The dancers in 'Palimpsest' were Natasha Bakht, Aditi Jaitly, Radhica Laukaran, Savitha Shekhar, (1996 -1997) Jasmin Simhalan and Chitra Srishailan (1996-97 and 2000), Sowmya Gopalan, Anusha Lall, Jiva Parthipan and Rani Nair (2000).
Collection notesThe digitised material in the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company collection includes performance programmes, flyers, information leaflets and photographs. At the request of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company,the collection features digitised items pertaining only to productions from 1996 onwards.