Saints&Souls

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A new performance by in situ:

Dates: 31 October, 1 and 2 November 2013
Time: 7.30 pm – duration: 1 hour 15 mins approx.
Venue: Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge | Map

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions) available in advance from wegottickets.com and on sale at the venue from 7.00pm

Saints&Souls

A new performance by in situ:

The end of the Summer, after the harvest, when all is ‘safely gathered’ in, is the great turning point of the year. The agricultural cycle closes and the leaves turn. As if by stealth, in misty twilight and foggy mornings, the darkness of winter makes its return.

This is a time of remembrance and gratitude.

It is a time for contemplation, for Saints&Souls.

The feast of All Saints celebrated the extraordinary ordinary people whose devotion or miracles or generous humanity made them protectors, confidantes and familiars, their ordinariness and simplicity emphasised in humble emblems – shoes, birds, tools. Their places marked the landscape, and enchanted it, marking and making routes between familiar and unfamiliar places.

They intercede, standing between this world and the next, taking the part of those who appeal to them.

Their images are now not so ubiquitous, not so familiar. Distant time and changes violent and gradual have made them strange. They stand in awkward postures, in faded robes, often faceless, showing us something we can no longer see…

And certain others…

In Autumn’s mists and fading, the boundaries between worlds seem porous. This was the time when encounters with the Good People, the Grey Neighbours, Themselves, the Gentry – all careful and respectful names for certain others – were most likely.

People may be visited, watched over, assisted in domestic tasks, kidnapped, cursed and loved by beings whose shadowy existence was (nearly) always in the corner of the eye.

The dead, too, may be encountered, returning to visit their former homes at Martinmas (November 11th). They may come to warn, to reassure, to remember, or to make a sad request, like the three ghost sons of the Wife of Usher’s Well.

Their world too is closer at this vulnerable time of year.

No jaunty skeletons or hollow pumpkins, with their unique aesthetic, in situ: ‘s brand-new piece takes you on a night walk along the edges where worlds are shared.

Saints&Souls is the third part of The Calendar Project, following December 2012’s highly successful performances of MidWinter Light and The Merry Morning of May in the Spring. Once again, the magical environment of Wandlebury Orchard and the Inner Ring provide our setting.

Join us as we re-enchant the Autumn landscape with Saints&Souls.

Saints&Souls

Dates: 31 October, 1 and 2 November 2013
Time: 7.30 pm – duration: 1 hour 15 mins approx.
Venue: Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge | Map

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions) available in advance from wegottickets.com and on sale at the venue from 7.00pm

Please note that this is a walk-around performance at night, with limited seating during the opening and final sections only. Sturdy footwear should be worn as, although the walk is short, and the route very simple, the ground can be uneven and may be wet or damp.

Please wrap up well!

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