Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishin'

 

‘Gone Fishin’ is a brand new participation project which has been commissioned for Catching Tales, Headlands to Headspace festival in 2018, by Morecambe Bay Partnership Trust. The project will work closely with around 200 school children across the Morecambe Bay area and result in a sited outdoor performance in Morecambe.

The project is funded by Morecambe Bay Partnership Trust and the Heritage Lottery. This project is currently recruiting schools to participate in this project from Morecambe Bay area. 

The work will be a direct response to the oral archives from Morecambe Bay’s fishing heritage. Watch this space to follow our blog of this exciting project. 

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New art projects inspired by memories of the Bay's unique fishing heritage

Morecambe Bay Partnership is excited to announce a new programme of community-based art commissions that will celebrate the unique fishing heritage of Morecambe Bay entitled ‘Catching Tales’. Since 2015 Morecambe Bay Partnership has been working with volunteers to collect and record the personal memories of those involved in the Bay’s fishing communities, past and present. This fascinating archive captures everything from the skills and changing techniques of the industry, to a snap shot of the social history of fishing families   and their own reflections about life lived on the edge of Bay. These important memories will be held by local Archives for future generations.

Read the full story and follow these exciting projects here...  https://www.morecambebay.org.uk/news/catching-tales  

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Image: (Clockwise from bottom left)Kate Drummond, Jenny Reeves, Lee Affen and Alex O'Toole with oral history project facilitator Jenn Mattinson (centre).

 

26.02.2018

 

Today lead artists Jenny Reeves and Ellen Turner spent the day with musician Lee Affen to put the wheels into motion, they explored everything from Riddling Cockles to picking shrimps! The piece is starting to take shape and we're excited to hear the final composition in the coming weeks!

Here they are recording the sounds of cockle shells in the Maritime Museum!

Cotton

Cotton

We are so excited to present our brand new documentary film which follows the making and touring of 'Cotton' hope you enjoy it!

        

 

 

 

A captivating exploration through dance and sound, illuminating processes of cotton production in Lancashire. This new work is intertwined with traditional Lancashire clog dancing, mesmerizing sound design and intricate choreography.  Performers discover the working conditions in Lancashire's Satanic mills and the lives of mill workers at the turn of the century.

The stunning costume design is by Katie Duxbury and beautifully reflect the era but with a modern twist. The inspiration for the work came from Jenny’s fascination with her family history and their working lives in the mills. Her great grandmother Ada was born in 1901 and lived in Great Harwood. She was a piecer and as such she would have been responsible for piecing the together the cotton roving on enormous spinning mules. Within the dance piece you will hear a song written by Jenny and musician Lee Affen referring to ‘little piecers skittering on hand and knee’ as children working in cotton mills were often sent around the mill floors scavenging for waste cotton. Jenny’s Grandmother Winnifred worked as a weaver and this sparked Jenny’s interest in the continuous rhythms of the looms.

You will hear in the soundtrack for ‘Cotton’, multiple layers of cotton mill machinery reflected intricately with detailed and complex choreographic movement. ‘Cotton’ is woven with rhythms and a very physical movement vocabulary, however the flow to the work also has an interlude of traditional Lancashire clog dancing, a Lancashire Waltz, choreographed by Sam Sherry himself. Clogs were the preferred footwear in cotton mills and the sounds of the machinery were often replicated by workers creating complicated rhythms with their feet. Within the work there is a particular clog dancing step featured called an ‘Arkwright’ who as we know invented the spinning Jenny.

View the trailer here:

Check us out in the Lancashire Telegraph and the Lancashire Evening Post:

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 Image taken from a review by Pendle Live -  https://pendlelive.co.uk/stunning-performance-cotton/ 

Image taken from a review by Pendle Live -  https://pendlelive.co.uk/stunning-performance-cotton/ 

 

 

'WALKING WATLING STREET'

'WALKING WATLING STREET'

'Walking Watling Street' is a brand new commission by The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. 

This work explores the political history of the fight for gender equality. The performance will transport the audience to 1913; a pilgrimage from Carlisle to London with 100,000 suffragist pilgrims. The North West branch of the march, called 'The Watling Street Route' 50,000 pilgrims arrived in Hyde Park on 26th July 1913 and the Suffragists turned Asquith's ear. This story deserves wider recognition which this new work aims to do by touring throughout 2018. 

'Watling Street' will be premiered at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on 30th September as part of The Journey Dance Festival.

Discover the difference between the Suffragettes and the Suffragists.

 

 Photography by Jenny Reeves

Photography by Jenny Reeves

THE ROAMING JELLIES

THE ROAMING JELLIES

Our stunning walkabout Jelly fish will next be exploring Light Up Lancaster Festival on November 3rd and 4th.

A collaboration with our costume designer Katie Duxbury! www.duxburydesigns.com

GIANT JELLYFISH SPOTTED ON LANCASHIRE'S SHORES

 

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 Photography: Rebecca Richards

Photography: Rebecca Richards

Morrissey Dancers

Commissioned for the 2017 Derelict Summers! Jenny worked with Morrisey enthusiasts across Preston to put together some very upbeat Morris Dancing with some all famous Gladioli, the results were many performances across the City and many smiling faces!