A collaboration with dancer and choreographer Daisy Farris (Daisy Farris Dance Collective) for IN-SITE, an interactive temporary site specific, public art project along Rochester Riverside and Sun Pier.
Our research focused on ‘ characters’ remembered from the Medway area, we engaged with the community collecting our material oraly through conversation with students, the elderly, shop keepers, dog walkers and coach drivers.
We focused our project on ‘Bluebell’, a woman who would walk for miles between the Medway towns, often wearing the colour blue, she was flamboyant, ritualistic and joyous.
Daisy and I were partnered for IN-SITE, we had previously not met and our work is very different, our approach was to experiment with each others practice, ‘playing’ with each others art form on Sun Pier, .
We produced a film, ‘She’s Like A FoResT FiRe UnStoPPable’ featuring oversized blue dresses that represented the essence of Bluebell, the dance is informed by the presence of the dresses, they own their place on the Pier.The dancers use them as objects; playthings; structures in the air, the performance explores Bluebell’ personal and emotional attachment to the area. This site specific work was performed and filmed on location at Sun Pier. This we identified as a room in the muddy landscape between the river bank and the water.
Artists can challenge the hierarchy in history and give a voice to people who are not usually thought of as hero’s. Bluebell experienced exclusion from society, we wanted to celebrate a compelling and universal character and elevate her status. In homage to Bluebell the blue dresses were hung as an installation at Anchorage House, Chatham.
We engaged in a programme of public performances and film screenings throughout the summer of 2015 both in the Medway towns and at The Cutty Sark, Greenwich. Further screenings and live performances were part of Big Dance, Medway 2016.
IN-SITE was funded by Medway Council, Arts Council England, Unlimited, Growing Place Fund.
IN-SITE was awarded the Culture, Design and Tourism Award 2015 for Visual Arts.