Title of work

Hal'cyon

Synopsis

In the cliffe of a ponde of occean, Alcion, a see foule, in wynter maketh her neste and layeth egges in vii days and sittyth on brood… seven dayes.

Amid the terrible beauty of a storm’s fury, a bird nests, resolutely drawing calm unto itself. It is the Hal’cyon, a bird fabled by the ancients to breed in a floating nest on the sea at winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm during incubation. In a 14-hour dance performance installation of sustained beauty and intensity, a single performer nests on an ocean of sound, light, and imagery. The solo is comprised of dancers of all ages and ability, passing the dance between them in a rite of passage balanced on the fulcrum of the year.

Those waiting to dance and those watching move in and out at their own will. They attend the nesting dancer as accoutre voyeurs marking time and space between dusk and dawn, as if keeping vigil through a storm. Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods; Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks, With every gale and vary of their masters. Marking the turning of world and tides, Hal’cyon passes through the dark threshold of the solstice to arrive, altered, at dawn.

Choreography

Artistic Direction: Felicity Bott

Music/sound

Paul Wakelam

Dancers

Bec Jones, Joshua Thomson and community volunteers

Designers

Lighting: Nicholas Higgins, Set & Costume: pither & grzyb

Premiere

2016

Season/s

Dark Mofo

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