The Heart of Ringing (2018)
Choreographer: Davida Monk
Dancers: Catherine Hayward, Mark Dela Cruz, Shayne Johnson, Serenella Sol, Sasha Wilde
Music: Natasha Barrett
Costumes: Angela Dale
Outside Eye: Linnea Swan
Rehearsal Assistant: Chantal Wall
Percussion Consultant: Robin Tufts
Photos: Tim Nguyen
The profound and ancient human kinship with all life is at the centre of this work. The movement vocabulary arises from a study of the crow, and of poetic images of crows in the work of Ted Hughes and Mary Oliver. The piece also attends to the poetic significance of tolling bells, as experienced in our lives, and as found, for example, in the work of Adam Zagajewski, The work incorporates a set with hanging bells which the dancers play at significant moments during the performance and bell sounds are integral to Barrett’s musical score.
The Heart of Ringing evokes a liminal world in which dancers are more than human.