eMortal explores the digital afterlife through a parody of the 1930s musical hit Cheek to Cheek from the film Top Hat which launched the careers of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In this artistic adaptation Fred has died and has ascended to the cloudy heavens where even death cannot stem the steady stream of digital junk mail. Ginger is left behind, grieving and she searches desperately for his presence in the digital cloud, which betrays traces of his aura beyond the grave.
Original Music: Cheek to Cheek from Top Hat by Irving Berlin; Singin’ in the Rain from Singin’ in the Rain by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, originally featured in the musical The Hollywood Revue of 1929.
Arrangement and Lyrics: Ruth Spencer Jolly
Musicians: Beth Sanderson as Ginger, Sam Rice as Fred.
Quartet: Isla Ratcliffe, Keely Jones, Beth Potter and Patrick Hall
Sound Engineer: Angus Steele
Dancers: Ana Roomans and Babak Sarani
Location: The Old Library, Lady Margaret Hall
Direction and Cinematography: Ruth Spencer Jolly
With thanks to: Lady Margaret Hall, Zara Brownless, Kate Jolly, Arjun Paliwal, Michael Spike McCormack.