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Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, UK

Event details

15 - 24 Sep, 2023

Experience music in the forest, a requiem for the Earth. You are invited to interact with a series of sound boxes placed amongst the trees. Walk, listen, pause and move.

Prompted by the death of her mother, Helen Ottaway’s research began with her participation in the Sura Medura International Artists Residency in Sri Lanka in 2017. Beside the Indian Ocean she created soundscapes, performances and tunes for musical box. On her return to the UK she continued to develop ideas including creating Wind & Unwind for Dorset Moon (Sherborne Abbey) in 2019. She also delivered her talk A New Kind of Requiem at conferences and galleries across the South West.

The Requiem has been developed with poet, Rosie Jackson, who has created new words, written poetry and prose and collected texts and stories to assemble the libretto.

Saeflod combines installation and performance. Text, music and found sound – and invites active participation from audience and visitors. It is a requiem for all our losses – human and environmental. Performers will include Helen’s long time collaborator singer Melanie Pappenheim and a specially created Saeflod choir.

Join us for a live choral performance on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17thy September at 3 pm and 7 pm. The sound installation will be open until 10 pm on Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September.

Composer Helen Ottaway
Librettist Rosie Jackson
Sound designer Alastair Goolden
Set and costume design Anya Hobson (3rd year student at Arts University Bournemouth)
Costume making AUB first year students
Set and costume realisation Maisie Perkins (2nd year student at AUB)
Recorded instrumental material – Orchestra for the Earth
Voices Melanie Pappenheim with the Saeflod choir
Spoken voices Rosie Jackson, Wayne Smith
Created and produced by Artmusic
Commissioned by Activate Performing Arts for Inside Out Dorset 2023 with funding from Arts Council England, Dorset Council and Forestry England.
Helen Ottaway is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund

Helen Ottaway

Helen Ottaway

Helen is a composer, sound artist and curator based in the South West of the UK. She is the lead artist for Artmusic which creates, produces and promotes collaborative, participatory and site-specific art work. Finding inspiration in beauty, statistics, c...

Near Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, UK

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