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
The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick
10th - 14th May, 2016
Do you remember the lives before yours? Do you remember when you were a fish? A tree? A stone? We are four women, balancing intuition and rationale, conviction and doubt; playing, digging, recovering how our bodies might know the places we inhabit. An exploration of movement, voice, ritual and the histories embedded in bodies and place.
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.