Sheila Ghelani: Sulphur
A chemical element. A part of you. A hellish tale. A foretelling.
Blue Flame… I burn with a blue flame. I’m a yellow rock that burns with a blue flame. Devilish and pungent. I spew from the earth. I’m the core of the earth and I burn with a blue flame.
Sheila Ghelani is an artist who gazes unfalteringly through both a microscope and a telescope to find stories that enlighten, entertain and challenge us. Sulphur, is a beguiling, playfully poetic and choreographic ensemble performance that considers the history and mythology of this most diabolical element. Together with the text, which ranges from the ancient to the futuristic, featuring contemporary performers Dora Jejey, Heather Uprichard and Jo Hellier, the piece also combines stunning video by John Hunter, sharp lighting design by Martin Langthorne and an experimental sound score by Ross Flight. Sulphur is the first in the series of a quartet of works Sheila is making under the title Elemental that will also include pieces looking at Atmospheric Forces, Breath and Flow.
Performed by: Dora Jejey, Heather Uprichard, Jo Hellier
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Lighting Design: Martin Langthorne
Video Design: John Hunter
Sound Design: Ross Flight
Costume Design: Lucille Acevedo-Jones
Produced by: Sally Rose
(Photo credit John Hunter at RULER)
Commissioned by Cambridge Junction and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Research into Elemental was supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Bursary. Supported via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme, and Battersea Arts Centre. Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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Tuesday 4 April, 20177:30 – 8:30
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