The Calendar Project is an ambitious cycle of performances that follows the changing of the seasons.
The cycle of the year, with its light and dark halves, and the points where one turns towards the other, or where both are held in equilibrium – these are transformations around which we have built notions of time and change, continuity and eternity, journey and return.
Over three performances – Midwinter, Spring and Autumn – the company creates a response to these changes, to our place within them, to the things done over time to mark them.
Performance, in all its forms, has always been at the heart of these markings.
Midwinter Light is the first performance in the Calendar Project cycle.
We start with the mid-winter festival of light, where the darkest part of the year begins, imperceptibly, to relinquish its hold, making way for the light. The group will ‘mark the time’ with their trademark combination of movement that is at once enigmatic and visceral, poetic association, almost-told stories, and objects and materials that teeter between the familiar and the very out-of-place.
Taking place among the bare trees of the orchard at Wandlebury Country Park, the performance moves between light and darkness, between the human and not-quite something other, between the warmth and reassurance of community and the unknown worlds of pasts that may never have been, but which we strangely recognise. Stories proliferate – entertaining, comforting, exciting and bewildering. Some of them barely start, others slip away down the dark paths before they can be finished, others still stay with you…
Midwinter Light is a unique experience, a ritual that is at once homely and anarchic, a festival of light in the dark of winter, and a reminder that we are, after all, if not the centre, still in the midst of it…
Midwinter Light runs for two nights only: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 2012. Start time is 7.30 pm. Places are strictly limited, so please book ahead.
You will need to wrap up very warmly!