The Fates (film)
Scottish Ballet’s first-ever Digital Artist in Residence, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, built on his visually sublime arsenal of digital artworks by working with three choreographers and composers to create Technology//Mythology//Allegory – a series of three new works – for the 2019 Digital Season.
Motion-tracked and digitally augmented, The Fates is a collaboration between Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, choreographer Nicholas Shoesmith and composer Ben Chatwin. The Fates explores notions of autonomy and discreet control in a digital society.
Scottish Ballet premiere: Digital Season 2019 (World Premiere)
Concept & Direction: Zachary Eastwood-Bloom
Choreography: Nicholas Shoesmith
Director of Photography: Alan McLaughlan
VFX Artist & Editor: Sam Goodwin
Music: Ben Chatwin
The myth of The Fates
The Fates control the thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. They are:
Clotho – ‘spinner’ spun the thread of life from her Distaff onto her Spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the ‘Ninth’), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.
Lachesis – ‘allotter’ or drawer of lots measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod.
Atropos – ‘inexorable’ or ‘inevitable’, literally ‘unturning’, was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person’s death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with ‘her abhorred shears’.