An Ancient Ritual Performance: conceived and designed by Ros Bandt, created collaboratively with Made of Walking and friends at Sikelianos Amphitheatre to Parnassos, July 20, 10.p.m Delphi, Greece 2017
The Concept: A tortoise and spider metamorphose into a new creature, a giant walking people harp beginning a pilgrimage up Parnassus, in honour of Apollo
Delphi is a sacred site for the western world, Apollo's lyre and its tortoise carapace has been lingering in Parnassus for thousands of years. Here also the ladybird spider lives but is now endangered. Myth, nature and contemporary performance merge and come to light from the darkness. The identity of the tortoise, slow wise, intentional can benefit from the wily precariousness of the spider, with its many eyes and legs, spinning and weaving habitat for a new creature which comes into being through creative collaboration This metamorphoses was created by soundartists, walking artists, dancers, choreographers, a weaver and videographers. Together a giant walking people harp came into being from the fusion of tortoise and spider, beginning a processional offering from the Sikelianos Amphitheatre above the modern village of Delphi on the sacred Parnassus mountain.
Thanks to all participants for sharing this continuing journey. The Tortoise and the Spider has begun its walking pilgrimage, making its way from Europe to America and back to Australia, the only continent without Tortoises.
The Tortoise and the Spider - a sonic metamorphosis - was the fifth in a series of works conceived by Ros Bandt, invited guest artist for the 2017 Animart Festival directed by Vassilis Boutos. Geert Vermeire, director of the simultaneous Made of Walking event, offered to collaborate on the work, facilitating the participation of 10 walking artists/dancers and a weaver in Delphi and taking the work further and beyond. This site- specific work was designed to be created by all the participants together in situ.
CREDITS Made of Walking : Geert Vermeire: on-going curation and performance, co-ordinator and facilitator of the Dancers and weaver Walking Performance Sound and Dispersion : Jon Drummond Extra samples for the spider, Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou, Choreography Walking Performance Ros Bandt, Geert Vermeire, Katerina Drakopolou and the dancers/movement artists Movement Artists /Dancers : Katerina Drakopoulou, Lina Efstathiou, Aliki Georgoulopoulou, Medea Kastanou, Marianna Makri, Eleni Nakou, Elefteria Rapti, Julia Rédei, Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou, Ioanna Thannou,, Chara Tzoka Weaver: Alexandra Pambouka Video: Aliki Arnaouti Cameras: Aliki Arnaouti, Arthur McDevitt, Stefaan Van Biesen
VIDEO Launch and live performance by Ros Bandt and Jon Drummond performance, The Tortoise and the Spider Ros Bandt and Friends. (Ros Bandt and Jon Drummond) streamed live by Leah Barclay www.hearingplaces, with an international audience of collaborative artists and friends watching in ATHENS, CYPRESS, BELGIUM, LONDON, AMERICA, PORTUGAL, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRALIA in real time)
SEEN SOUND LOOP BAR 23 Meyers Place Wednesday November 22, 2017, 8.30 p.m. Australian Time, 1.30.p.m Athens
NEXT YEAR: MARK THE DATE. Be in the acoustic sanctuary in Fryerstown Victoria on Nov 18, 2018, or online at www.hearingplaces.com The tortoise and the spider may arrive.