Jeyasingh, Shobana (2007) Faultline. [Performance]


This work was inspired by Gautam Malkani's 2006 novel Londonistan and by my own critical reflections on the tensions and contradictions of Asian youth in the UK. The use of a literary source as a stimulus drew me into a consideration of narrative and the ways in which strands of narrative can merge or collide into a resonant field or matrix. The work is constructed so that the choreography can represent the ceaseless restlessness of migration and displaced identity and the movement vocabulary references martial arts, ballet, contemporary dance and Bharatha Natyam.

The assembling of this production involved commissioning music from Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud) and fellow ResCen artist Errollyn Wallen who composed a score for the classical Indian soprano Patricia Rozario, together with film by Pete Gomes.

This work was designed to extend the dance language developed to date and the creative process required the dancers to respond athletically as well as deploying more codified dance languages and drawing on representational gesture. Passages of almost unformed energy were interspersed with rhythmic precision in order to develop a fractured and dislocated sense of place. The relationships between the music/sound/film/ design were also intended to be shifting and negotiated, so that the work could achieve congruence without an artificial coherence.

Isabel Hilton for Radio 3 (Arts and Ideas) covered Faultline on 5 February 2007,21:30-22:15

On Monday 5 March 2007 17:00-19:00 (Radio 3)I was interviewed by Petroc Trelawny, with soprano Patricia Rozario and sonic artist Scanner, in the lead-up to the premiere of the piece.

Venue Details

    • Location: The Brewhouse, Taunton, followed by national tour
    • Dates:

Item Type: Performance
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
Item ID: 751
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Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2008 12:33
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/751

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