Commission for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, UK/European tour in London 2002 including Queen Elizabeth Hall London South Bank.
The film, projected on stage throughout the dance performance, was influenced by my interest in cybernetic and expanded cinema. It combines digital film and artificial life sequences, which were developed simultaneously alongside the systems and patterns within the choreography..
Choreography : Shobana Jeyasingh
Music : Jocelyn Pook
Film :Pete Gomes
Live voice : Natacha Atlas
Stage design : Joanna Parker
Phantasmaton **** The Guardian 6th Feburary 2002 (Judith Mackrell)
"Electronic dancing images are all the rage among choreographers at the moment - and it's no longer a surprise to see computer generated performers striding around among live among men and women on stage. But while the virtual bodies introduced by Merce Cunningham and Wayne Mc Gregor seem to be visiting from some alien planet or future epoch, the pixilated dancer in Shobana Jeyasinghs's new piece Phantasmaton comes from a classical past.
Projected in black and white onto a geometric patchwork of screens, she is a traditional bharata natyam soloist in full make up and Indian dress - and her flickering, wide eyed presence haunts the stage upon which her 21st Century descendants experiment with variants on her ancient temple dancing. She signals that Phantasmaton will be a continuation of Jeyasingh's personal synthesis of old and new, east and west. She is also one reason why the work is one of the choreographer's most beautiful and ambitious to date."