Horny Handed Tons of Soil at Unity Theatre, Liverpool, 13th – 15th July 2017.
A theatrical collaboration combining poetry, live music, storytelling and film, exploring themes of destruction, construction and memory within the stories of what has been lost and found in the re-sculpting of the Liverpool landscape over the last fifty years
Written by Lizzie Nunnery, Martin Heslop and Vidar Norheim with Martin Smith.
Film and Video by Tim Brunsden.
Tickets and more info here: https://www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/hornyhanded-tons-of-soil.html#about
Commissioned by Unity Theatre.
The Lighthouse Invites the Storm will be a large scale installation and live performance by Alan Dunn, Martin Heslop & Jeff Young in collaboration with poet Helen Tookey, retired seafarers from the Wirral and sound artists from Mexico.
Fort Perch Rock & Lighthouse, New Brighton, 24-30 July.
More details to follow.
Supported by Arts Council England, Liverpool John Moores University and Bluecoat.
(Image copyright Hidden Wirral 2014)
Bathore (Photo credit – John Driscoll)
Soundtrack for a new video-work presented at Uncharted Festival in Porto Palermo Castle in the south of Albania from 8th-11th August.
Over the course of three months Julia Heslop has been working in Bathore, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Tirana, Albania’s capital city, tracing the history of this contentious community. In collaboration with composer Martin Heslop, the research has gone beyond Bathore, to Puka, Tropoja and Kukes, searching for the traditional music and musicians and the vacant villages of the north. The video follows the roots of one 21-year-old girl, born in Puka and raised in Bathore since the age of one. Her story represents the first generation of Bathore and the area as it is now, as it has become.
The work follows the girl’s experience of growing up in a community built by people, from the ground up. She speaks of her aspirations for what the youth of Bathore can build, can change, her words spoken through a haze of northern melodies and the clattering of industrial noise. Through a converging dance of image and sound the viewer is invited to trace the emergence, expansion and reimagining of place; of a town coming to maturity.
In this work Bathore’s scarred landscape, its unfinished buildings, its faltering streets, all tell the story of migration, building and imagining. It is about seeing the reflection of another town in the windows of your own.
Thanks to Kristiana Faslia, Antuela Gjata, Marjana Lila and Artur Kurtallari for their help with the making of this video and to musicians Ben Hasani, Kujdesi Maçmata and Agron Sopaj.
For more information about this festival visit: www.artkontakt.al/en/ and for more information about Julia’s research in Albania visit her blog: www.unofficialculture.wordpress.com