Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Bude library and some Moscow snaps

Jonathan and Star held the 'stage' as both other couples were unavailable!
Finally wrapping up Ladders and Footprints our final scheduled performance was last Friday at Bude Library the sun didn't shine, but we had the joy a mini bus trip along with traditional sing/song on the way home......photos on album on our FB page
A small audience, but every chair was full, and they were highly appreciative and we sold 2 books!

One audience member had been brought up in an area of London with Passmore Edwards libraries and came to celebrate his legacy, she said the show was:
"Very Imaginative, beautifully performed( and ) 
Made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end it was so moving."
Bude librarian Sallyann Travers, "loved the performance it was brilliant lots of effort and talent, best bits ( parts) for me ( were)  The Ladder and Lighthouses/sea. Such an enjoyable performance - please come again".
Shallal hope to return to the library with their new project in 2019 Embodied Spaces and have plans to perform at next years Midsummer dance at The Sterts Centre. Shallal can be found more often in North Cornwall now as they develop their Liskeard" Out There" performance and community group. Thursday at the Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard 10.30-12 They are pleased to be working with well known local dancer and producer Lois Taylor and Thomas Remnant who also works with Access Theatre and Far Flung dance company has recently joined them. You can see them perform at The Blue Light Day 4 July at the Royal Cornwall Showground
Jo Willis said, "we are very grateful to all our funders to enable us to travel the show, to celebrate libraries and to all the staff who have welcomed us. everywhere we go people are so impressed by Passmore Edwards life, values and legacy finally work/show our work more in North Cornwall. "
 In conversation Pep Mogas from Catalonia, a professional performer who performs with Shallal said how in Catalan libraries there are small stages for performance and arts events throughout the week animating the books and encouraging people in to enjoy the library and all it has to offer. `
Jo W says "it would be fantastic to continue to increase the aspects of the arts you can find in your local library' and we hope this goes a small way to showing that, so the legacy of Passmore Edwards can continue."
 I have a quiet hope we may perform at some other Passmore Edwards spaces before the summer is over but if not the work is nicely embedded in our repertoire for any suitable occasion.
And the application draft for our next project sits nearly ready to go...more news soon...

and a last quick look at Moscow photos!
admiring the paintings and - can't think with shoes on!
a nervous pretalk fidget!

questions at the end
thank you to our translator
to Alla and Sophia and Olga and Marsha for making this all possible
There was a good after party/gathering and we hope to return.....
artistic plans are brewing but in this political climate not sure where easy funds will be found, but ever hopeful!

our translator, Anna ( Alla's daughter), Alla ( who facilitates their outreach programme) and Marsha icon painter and host
Anna came to....sightseeing....Kremlin cathedrals....
view of Moscow at night

Outside the modern art Tretyakov we saw a life changing exhibition! by Vasily Vereshchagin....
Womens day is the second Sunday after Easter ( all women are celebrated) Father Alexander with 91 year old friend celebrating Womens day.
Olga and Marsha next to Fr Alexander
They were our hosts, contact liaison, drivers, translators and general hospitality and friendship.
Olga teaches icon painting and together ( with some students) they 'wrote' all the icons in this renovated church which we visited on our last day.

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