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A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE

A FILMIC STUDY ON THE NATURE OF GRIEF

INTENT + DEEPER DETAIL

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ORIGINS + DEVELOPMENT

ORIGINS + DEVELOPMENT

Initially conceived and crafted during the Covid-19 pandemic, A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE does not derive from a pre-empted script. Its form and story have been led entirely by impulses and events arising out of sustained encounters between the body and natural momentum of the land in real time. 

Its purpose has been to enquire solely upon the nature of grief

from the perspective of grief itself. 

As a piece, it follows as it unfolds.

 

Evolving in this way, A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE has continued development since 2020 as an ongoing, interactive film-theatre project. To date it has screened as work-in-progress at CAST (Cornubian Arts + Science Trust), Cornwall, UK in March 2022 and Scenstudion Gerlesborg, Sweden in September 2022. 

DELIVERY + AUDIENCE RELATIONSHIP

DELIVERY + AUDIENCE RELATIONSHIP

 

A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE is meant to serve as a vehicle for exploration and aims to build an ever expanding picture of the human relationship with grief through the journey it treads by opening out dialogue and listening to our audience.

The six STANZAS hold a central, neutral focus as they speak in the language of the natural world - which is accessible to all - yet, as audience, we gaze upon the same thing through different cultural and experiential lenses, so in this way, each of us will hold a different perspective.

 

Similar to an ongoing conversation, it is important to understand the project does not intend to deliver an ‘end product’, but, like the ebb and flow of grief over time, exist as an ever-changing work of collective reflection and art.   

Audience response plays a vital role in guiding the project and it is hoped voices will gather over time to weave through the fibre of the piece so it may deepen, as it diversifies -  for audiences to come. 

We are delighted to present the next iteration of A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE

in partnership with FABRICA, Brighton, UK

on 26th November, 2023.

 

 A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE  builds on FABRICA'S past programme of exhibitions and events around death and dying - INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT. 

Follow HERE to see archives from this exceptional work.

 

SCREENING DETAILS coming soon - hop on the MAIL LIST to remain informed.

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THE CREATIVE PROCESS

THE PERFORMANCE PROCESS

To understand more about Spiderflower's performance process, I'd invite you to take a little time in the ABOUT section.  In order to bring a piece like this to life, as an artist, it is vital I have no preconception or expectation around what might emerge in response to the essential question (or quest) of the piece.

For
A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE, we are interested in listening closely to the intelligence of grief itself as a natural force in order to understand it better, rather than looking for any kind of familiar human interpretation.  Curiosity is key, along with working from a starting place of humility and not knowing.

The performance process is rooted in the respect and trust of the natural world's incredible intelligence, and, as body is made of the substance of earth, the innate ability of the body to comprehend the shared language between them. In this way, the performance process must travel through sustained contact with the land and all natural forces of that time to begin to see what reflections arise.

 

In time, choreography is drawn directly through and out of the sensate dialogue between human and earth, and over time, a story, unique unto itself, will form.

This is the entire point of this work.  
It is an act of translation.  During this phase poetics are written, the spoken word becomes another form of translation.  

It is a long, patient process.

 

FILMING 

As the attention of the performer has to be complete and unwavering for hours at a time, the most effective way to film is on a single camera, through a still frame and solo. Camera crew are brought in for detail at a later stage. In this way, the entire creation of A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE was designed to be Covid-proof, as lockdowns did not affect progress and production continued - come what may. 

CREATIVE PROCESS
DEEP TIME + SLOW CINEMA

DEEP TIME + SLOW CINEMA

DEEP TIME

If we are to truly observe, in fine detail, the nuanced relationship between human and earth, and within that - how the passage of grief unfolds in an unobstructed way - it is necessary to find a way to travel our audience into those worlds. Deep time is the passage of time that lives outside of ordinary human awareness. We come away from the frenetic tempo of daily life, to immerse ourselves in the long, slow rhythms of geological time, and in doing so, open out an entirely unique perspective. Allowing ourselves to enter deep time, allows us to step inside and experience this world, and yet - it is still our world. Here we bear witness to the human form in this context, and in turn - it evokes the question - who and what are we really? What reflections might we see?

SLOW CINEMA

As we travel into deep time, we, as humans, must adapt to follow its rhythms. Watching through the lens of SLOW CINEMA gives to this process. To stay close, we need to drop out of fast moving cinema - and simply watch through the steady and patient gaze of a still frame. Slow cinema sees in a different way. Simple and uncluttered, it heightens detail inside natural dialogue which we might ordinarily miss, speaking to us through us a language that is innate.

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FURTHER ENGAGEMENT

 

BOOK OF POEMS

A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE is made rich with layers of poetry and the spoken word. Poetics, imagery from the films, interviews, audience contributions and selected diary entries will be made available in book form in time.  

 

A skeleton copy of BOOK OF POEMS is available for audience members to take away from screenings as an interim and can be pre-booked HERE.

 

OUTREACH + COURSES 

Specially developed courses in earth engaged performance accompany A PECULIAR SHADE OF BLUE and can be made available after the event on request

FURTHER ENGAGEMENT
COLLABORATORS + CONTRIBUTORS

COLLABORATORS + CONTRIBUTORS

 

Production -  Spiderflower: Earth-Engaged Performance Research

Rowan Jacqueline - Writing, Direction, Performance + Lead Camera

Nooshka Storm -  Performance for Snot (Stanza 3) + Sea (Stanza 4) 

Henry McGrath -  Early Development, Creative Facilitation + Camera for Detail

Linden Gledhill - High Speed Macro Cinematography 'Moths in Flight' for Threshold (Stanza 2)

Rob Purday -  Music

Willa Harlatt - Creative Facilitation for Snot (Stanza 3) + Salt (Stanza 4)

Critique Circle - Bernadette Kearns, Maddy Morton + Sandra Falkeborn

 

Supported by -  Fabrica, The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, Creative Cornwall, Cornwall Council and The National Trust, Penrose Cornwall and our very many Crowdfunders.

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