Monday 10th February 7.30pm
‘Stilled Bones’ is based on North Wales’s seventh century abbess and martyr, Saint Winnifred, (Gwenfrewi in Welsh), told through contemporary storytelling blending Celtic song, Japanese butoh dance, Cuban percussion and electro acoustic composition. The title refers to the longstanding religious tradition of digging up and removing a Saint’s bones within contested landscapes in order to recover their symbolic significance and, often, to state territorial claims. Developed by local dancers Rachel Sweeney and Melisa Pasut in collaboration with Cuban singer and percussionist Guillermo Luis Horta Betancourt and musician Andre Leslie Hooker, the piece retells Saint Winnifred’s ancient and often contradictory story, interpreting ancient Celtic texts regarding her life and death and exploring fictional and factual texts that contest to the ancient struggles between human and spiritual practices, between religious power structures and historical writing, and between body-place relationships and their influence on the Welsh landscape.
GAELTONES ~ a sound dance
Created and Performed by Rachel Sweeney and Guillermo Luis Horta Betancourt
11/06/18 The Audio Visual Body symposium, University of Huddersfield
15/06/18 Central Arts Theatre Waterford Ireland
In 2015, Writing on the Wall premiered ‘Estuary’, a performance featuring Liverpool based artists from a range of disciplines, based on Seán Street's poetry of tides, rivers and harbours, with musical settings by Neil Campbell and featuring vocalist Perri Alleyne-Hughes. Two years on, this collaborating team have developed a completely new interpretation of the work in collaboration with acclaimed choreographer and dancer, Rachel Sweeney, and with visual realisations by photographer/filmmaker/fine artist Peter Dover.