Choreographed by Birds – Barefoot Blindfold

The blind man’s guide,
Meek and neglected thing, of no renown!
Soon will peep forth the primrose, ere it fades
Friends shall I have at dawn, blackbird and thrush
To rouse me, and a hundred warblers more!

from ‘The Recluse’ by William Wordsworth

Choreographed by Birds

Barefoot Blindfold took place on Friday the 18th May at 5am. on Loughborough University campus where artists Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally were joined by nine others.

From Anne-Marie ‘slow walking’ the group into the recently planted orchard at the top of her new Fruit Route at Loughborough University to being blindfold barefoot to breakfast and discussion in the Landscaping Our Society garden shed the piece has produced much to reflect on beyond the experience.

Culhane and Conneally will share back more fully elements of Barefoot Blindfold shortly but in the meantime here is Paul Conneally Barefoot Blindfold being chorographed by birdsong. The video was shot by movement artist Miriam Keye of Strandlooper.

It was good also to hear from artist Marion Michell that she too joined in from afar – if you want to do it yourself please do and share back with Culhane & Conneally your experiences.

Here is a link to Marion’s blog where you can find her thoughts on this and lots of other thoughts too!…

Heres a bit more on Miriam who is a key element to the success of Barefoot Blindfold and many other of the Fruit Route works:

Miriam Keye

Miriam Keye is a movement artist who performs, choreographs and teaches internationally including the NottDance Festival (Nottm), Royal Opera House (London), Glastonbury Festival (Somerset), Trafalgar Square (London), Crookes Allotments (Sheffield), a disused abbatoir (Surrey), Canadian Fringe Festivals and Salamanca Market (Australia).

Projects include:
Silver Swimmers; a street arts piece that distills butoh, martial arts and meditation techniques to create hypnotic and mesmerizing imagery.

Transglobal Duets with Anne Marie Culhane, Jo Salter and guest artists. Exhibited in Dis:locate 07 (Tokyo),a symposium examining the relationship between art, technology and locality.

‘Peak Time at The Performance Café’; commissioned by Made in Leicester Festival and LCF this is a collaboration with Speakeasy Theatre Company with whom Miriam is associate artist.

Miriam teaches dance to professional dancers, as well as in community and educational settings. Specializing in Early Years and people with Special Needs she was dance lecturer for Loughborough College New Pathways programme. In 2005 she attended the International Study Week at Reggio Emilia, Italy, with Second Skin, Creative Partnerships Coventry. She is a resident dance artist with Bamboozle Theatre Company (Leics), a regular choreographer for the So…. Dancers and Dance Dangerous (Northampton). In December 2005 she was artist in residence at Earthdance Centre for Contact Improvisation, Massachusetts, USA


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