1999 - 2019
A Centre for Earth-Engaged Performance Research
Spiderflower has reached a plateau in terms of development and is due to step into a new working structure. Much work has occurred within classes or courses, producing a significant body - but it is vital this is made visible, in order to reach a wider audience.
Many valuable findings have been made with regard to Spiderflower's form, its application to theatre, dialoguing with the land and the role of percussion. A new cycle is due to start in 2020 to move through a major period of consolidation, before heading into new work for 2021.
THE CENTRE FOR EARTH-ENGAGED PERFORMANCE RESEARCH is set to collate Spiderflower's findings as a central resource, whilst developing original work further for performance.
IN RESPONSE TO THE IPCC REPORT
This shift is also in response to the 2018 UN report from the IPCC, and all that has occurred in our world since. Spiderflower's work has always held an awareness of climate change. The IPCC report was shocking. On one level it left many feeling powerless, as much of the change needed is in the hands of corporations and governments. As the IPCC report landed, I needed to sit back, take stock and ask the question - 'What is the most effective road to take?'
Activism is one route - but - there is a different and important element Spiderflower's work can offer; this is to hold to the course for beauty.
This means to stay with what Spiderflower has been doing all along. But it HAS to become visible. Let us not give into forgetting how deep the relationship between body and earth is. To constantly remind people of the phenomenal beauty that is present in the relationship between human and earth, to show that there is a relationship, how real it is and by engaging with this, evolving with this and bringing effective structures Spiderflower has developed over time through - it can offer future generations something credible for the future.
It doesn't just have to be about survival.
CROSSING THE BRIDGE: CELEBRATION + CROWDFUNDING
Spiderflower has been self-sufficient throughout, which means it has operated without funding for all this time. This is a huge achievement in one respect, but on another level, limits the work to courses and training in order to sustain itself.
To cross this bridge and flower fully, Spiderflower needs support - so is reaching out to its community and beyond to join us in a CROWDFUNDER in celebration of entering a third decade.