This brand-new Christmas story set in 1941 at Prideaux Place has been created and directed by choreographer Simon Birch in collaboration with dancers: Emily Dobson (Freefall / Cscape), Anthony Middleton (MiddletonCorpus / Simon Birch Dance), Debbi Purtill (Ballet Lorent / Simon Birch Dance) and Isabel Slingerland (MiddletonCorpus / Simon Birch Dance). Plus, writer Kimberly Campanello, composers and performers Jon Hughes and Claire Ingleheart, and designer Myriddin Drualus Pharo.
Supported by Arts Council England, Cornwall Council, FEAST, Sperry Tents, Dance Republic 2 and Prideaux Place.
Kimberly Campanello has written a children's book based on the show with illustrations by Simon Birch available now from Valley Press.
cases of sudden conversion
The result of a collaboration between Kimberly Campanello and composer and University of York postdoctoral researcher Jon Hughes, cases of sudden conversion combines field recordings gathered in India with electronics, viola, and body percussion, new literary translations of ancient Sanskrit tantric verse, and newly-composed poems emerging from experiences researching and practicing yoga and tantra. It premiered in May 2016 in Krakow as the featured artistic event for the Modern Yoga Research Group’s conference Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana: traditions, transmissions, transformations. The poems were published in the pamphlet Hymn to Kālī (Eyewear Publishing).
SacrumProfanum combined contemporary music (Benjamin Dwyer), poetry (Kimberly Campanello), video installation (Dylan Griffith) and visual art (Tony Carragher and Gleny Kohnke), fieldwork reportage and innovative publication design (New Dublin Press) in a large-scale multimedia performance and exhibition responding to the sheela-na-gig stone carvings.
It was premiered and exhibited at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast as part of the 2015 Belfast Book Festival. Poems from SacrumProfanum were published in Strange Country (The Dreadful Press) and Imagines (New Dublin Press).