Episode 2 of Surface Tension turns the spotlight on Faultline from 2007. Presenter Sanjoy Roy speaks to Shobana Jeyasingh about the triggers that shaped the piece; the 2005 London bombings, subsequent raids and the hysterical unease that was pervasive in every day life. Shobana talks about the various creative collaborations that all knitted together in the final piece; the film which acted as the prologue, the initial introduction of the dancers, characters and music – in particular the voice of Patricia Rozario, plus the direct influence of Gautam Malkani’s book Londonstani, published in 2006.
Gautam talks about the hyper masculinity, language, posing and posturing that characterised his book and reads some excerpts. We speak to Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) who composed the score, and composer Errollyn Wallen about how she collaborated and shaped the music to compliment Robin’s soundscape. In the final section we interview artist and filmmaker Pete Gomes who produced the visuals.