3rd in a series of 7 with guest artist Jess Allen, ecological performance Maker
Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.
These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.
These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.
Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.
Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.
7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.
How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?
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Short biography for guest artist Jess Allen
Jess Allen is an aerial dancer and walking artist from Aberystwyth. She is currently completing a (second) PhD in walking and talking in rural landscapes as an eco-activist performance practice. She uses long-distance walking to create unexpected one-to-one encounters in the everyday of rural life.
Originally a biologist, she gained her first PhD from Aberystwyth before re-training in contemporary dance, latterly at Coventry with an MA in Dance Making and Performance. She has worked as landscape officer for local government, dance lecturer (anatomy/improvisation), arts facilitator and aerial performer for Full Tilt and inclusive (disabled/non-disabled) companies Blue Eyed Soul (UK/US) and EVERYBODY dance (UK/Europe).