Fleet Footing

Fleet Footing is now live! Go download the album and map, get your headphones and walking boots on, and go find that river..

I’m so excited about this new project with composer Catherine Kontz. It’s been brewing for a few years, and we are extra-pleased to be funded by the PRSF Women Make Music award, Hinrichsen Foundation, and supported by Tête à Tête – launching as part of their Opera Festival 2018.

The project is an audio dream guiding you along the lost River Fleet, from its source on Hampstead Heath to where it meets the Thames at Blackfriars. There’s text (both spoken and sung), binaural recording, found sound and music, as well as small performative actions that the listener can choose to take part in whilst they walk the route.

Print artist Rowanne Anderson (Rowan Tree Print) has made us a beautiful map to help people find their way and show them where the listening points are.

The Observatory

A multi-sensory opera for people who can hear and people who can’t.

Annie is an astronomer. She knows all about time and space, but she isn’t so sure about life and death. And she’s just gone deaf.
Inspired by the life of astronomer Annie Jump-Cannon, I worked with composer Stephen Bentley-Klein to create a new kind of opera that finds new ways of communicating and engaging with sound and music. The opera had it’s first outing at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2012, and a further iteration was performed at the Greenbelt Festival 2014.

We worked with D/deaf and hearing practitioners to ingrate BSL, captioning, sensory installations, missing live sound through water and other techniques to speak to hearing audiences about the experience of deafness, and to interpret sound into other sensory experiences for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.

More information about the piece can be found HERE.

Snowblind

Bringing together musicians and songwriters Jo Silverstone and Jeannie Skelly, writer, performance-maker and sound artist Sarah Grange, scenographer and visual artist Ellan Parry, and dancer-choreographer / live art practitioner Janine Fletcher, Sundogs is a cross-disciplinary adventure into artistic terra incognita.

Our first project is SnowblindPart music gig, part installation, part dance, part theatre, Snowblind is a voyage into multi-disciplinary story-telling and cross-practise collaboration. Wrapping together tales of Arctic exploration and heroic folly, Snowblind uses song, sound art, ice sculpture, scenography, script and movement to investigate a place to which we are all far more connected – and responsible – than we might realise.

Expect glacial meltwater, haunting song-scapes, flying ships, up-close interaction, extreme feats of physical endurance and conversations with the ghosts of walruses…

Inspired by the centuries of doomed attempts to find the North-West passage through the Arctic, we will embark on our own voyage, from the Journey of St Brendan to the Franklin Expedition, through the sub-zero, subconscious and subliminal.
Looking at a fragile landscape that preserves whilst itself disappearing, we’ll map out absence, loss, perseverance and myth. We are Lady Jane Franklin’s last rescue mission.