An archive of past and current performance, writing and visual projects around an ongoing body of PhD research into collaborations with the nonhuman.
Almanac is a one-on-one encounter, mediated by river stones from across the UK. A performance is made specific to each audience member; conversation becomes movement becomes a symbol, culminating in a book of spells, an almanac of relations.
Almanac is an exploration of Place-thought – the belief that place is alive, thinking and speaking, and humans derive all their consciousness and agency from there. Considering the relationship between ecocide and epistemicide, Almanac asks how we listen to material, spirit and the nonhuman world. We will teeter between recovery and projection, divination and imagination, belief and desire.
Photos courtesy of Guido Mencari, SPILL Festival of Performance National Platform 2016
WISHBONE emerged from an ongoing collaboration with place and the nonhuman. Through the research, an ancestral memory - both human and nonhuman - was unearthed through site specific and studio based choreographic practices. Every landscape and every ancestral line carries violence; we place our bodies lingering between absence and memory, never trying to complete the story but hovering as a vibration between human and nonhuman. Stumbling, we feel our way into past futures.
Collaborating performers Simone Kenyon, Jo Blake Cave, Jo Hellier.
Sound design Jonah Brody Lighting design Alex Fernandes Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Many thanks to Nicole Beutler, Liz Aggiss, Karen Christopher.