Surface Tension – Image 3 – Photograph

Series nameProduction: Palimpsest 1996 - 1997 and 2000-2005

This image features Jasmine Simhalan from the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. The image has been digitally manipulated to depict another dancer in this performance of ‘Surface Tension’ from 2001.

Date of Creation / Publication2001
CreatorNash, Chris
Associated Person/ Organisation Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
Collection and Reference Number Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (GB 2661 SJ)
Catalogue NumberSJ/PRO/PP/5
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.