Project Ability is pleased to present ‘Four Solos in the Wild’, a touring exhibition originating in the Tycanol Woods of Pembrokeshire – a powerful exhibition by four disabled performers featuring short films and photography.
The performers, Graham Busby, Mervyn Bradley, Erika Juniper and Andrew Kelly, spent two weeks in atmospheric wild woodland in Pembrokeshire, exploring and responding to the landscape. From this experience they made powerful dance solos that were captured on camera and film.
Each performer has a very individual and personal relationship with the wild; expressed through the movement, dances and stories they created. Their performances are shared through the mediums of short film, directed by Ray Jacobs and photography by dance photographer Chris Nash. The film’s soundtrack includes music by Deuair– a vocal, harp and fiddle duet who explored tunes from the locality and worked alongside the dancers throughout the project.
The four performers are members of Arty Party, a Shropshire based charity which gives opportunities for learning disabled people to explore, create and share their art. The project is directed by movement and film artist Ray Jacobs. Ray’s most recent work ‘Bastion’ recently received a grand prix de jury at Cannes.
In addition to the exhibition, Ray, along with inclusive movement practitioner Rachel Ligget and two learning disabled performers, will be facilitating three workshops in the Project Ability gallery in the lead up to the opening of the show. Both Project Ability artists and members of Indepen-dance have been invited to take part.
Arty Party produced this project through funding from Arts Council England and the Basil Houghton Memorial Trust
Project Ability’s exhibition programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Join us for a preview on Thursday 3 November, 6-8pm.
Exhibition open 4-26 November.