|Series name||Production: Palimpsest 1996 - 1997 and 2000-2003|
This image was taken during a performance of ‘Surface Tension’ by the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company during the 2001 UK tour. The image, taken by Chris Nash, features two dancers from the dance company, Chitra Srishailan and Sowmya Gopalan . It depicts the dancers mid air, and has been digitally manipulated to depict a third dancer on the screen.
|Date of Creation / Publication||2001|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company|
|Collection and Reference Number||Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (GB 2661 SJ)|
|Copyright||The Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable|
|Access to originals||The originals are located with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company|
|Series notes||In 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 notes||The 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.|