Drop In The Ocean
29 April – 5 May 2015
‘Only in contemplation of [water] do I achieve true self-forgetfulness and feel my own limited individuality merge into the universal’ Thomas Mann
Drop in the Ocean is an invitation to rehydrate your relationship with water; to reflect on how we use it, why we need it, what it means and why it matters. It is an opportunity to remember how it feels, sounds, tastes, and transforms from the everyday to the extraordinary. Part walking performance, part interactive installation, you may encounter the work in different ways. Outdoors, a performer walks all day in ever-increasing circles, carrying water with a milkmaid’s yoke and inviting the people she encounters to make a wish. Indoors, the installation is constructed around a circular labyrinth of sea shingle: a place for walking and listening, drinking and thinking; somewhere to meander reflectively through audio waterscapes.
Jess Allen is an aerial dancer and walking artist from Aberystwyth, currently doing a PhD in rural walking performance as an eco-activist arts practice with a scholarship from the University of Manchester. She uses walking to facilitate unexpected encounters in unusual locations.
Jane Lloyd Francis manages an organic farm in Mid-Wales where she produced, directed and rode in Equilibre Horse Theatre for 15 years. Deeply influenced by her locality, Jane continues to make immersive site-specific performance, drawing on mythology, ecology and the natural landscape for inspiration.