The Mountain and Other Tales of She Transformed is a solo. It is a woman performing. It is a meditation on ‘feminism as the female command of space’ - the many things this could mean and the many ways it could manifest.
Inspired by mountains, fairytales and a 1970s body work book for women thoughts and feelings around the ‘female command of space’ are transfigured into movement, sound and imagery. The performance will feature a specially commissioned installation by multi disciplinary artist Nicola Singh.
Prior to each performance of The Mountain and Other Tales of She Transformed will Nicola Singh will lead a workshop exploring expanded practices of painting, sculpture and writing in relation to the body. Her workshop will combine processes used in the making of the installation, her own practice and the themes of Hannah’s solo to explore physical and choreographic approaches to making visual art. Workshop participants will contribute to the installation that features in the solo.
(The phrase ‘female command of space’ was coined by artist Jessy Tuddenham in response to research as part of Hannah’s previous work S/HE).
Responses to The Mountain and Other Tales of She Transformed
‘It was really powerful. Physical power with the stamping and thumping/striking. And other power’ audience member
‘Stunning. Its stuck with me all weekend. The workshop will stay with me for a long time too’ audience member and workshop participant
'Moving and stimulating. It will stay with me for a long time. Thanks Hannah' Kevin Lycett, of The Mekons.
Choreographed and performed by Hannah Buckley.
Lightening design by George Johnson-Leigh. Costume by Lauren Reyhani. Creative support from Jane McKernan. Vocal coaching by Maggi Straford. Set design by Nicola Singh. Set fabrication by Stator. Funded and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Yorkshire Dance, TripSpace and Dance4.
Special thanks to David Olejnik.
Image credits - Sara Teresa and Ben Bentley.
Video documentation available on request.