Julia Taudevin. Photo by Alex Aitchison
In many parts of the world, death is as much women’s responsibility as birth. In many traditions women are the composers and singers of powerful, sophisticated, mischievous and scathing oral lament poetry, providing a musical and verbal accompaniment to individual and communal grief. We know this in Scotland as keening, or caoineadh.
Move ~ Gluasad is an ambitious new work in Gaelic, English and other languages, by award-winning theatre maker Julia Taudevin, exploring themes of migration and loss: our loss of loved ones, loss of home, loss of identity, loss of faith and loss of empathy for those other than ourselves.
Throughout the show’s development, Julia is working as a composer and playwright, incorporating musical styles as diverse as Gaelic psalm singing, Swahilli lullabies, and Epirus Polyphony to create a sonic space into which stories of loss and migration are dropped like the ebb and flow of the ocean – a space to celebrate our shared humanity and mourn our losses at a time when insularity and xenophobia are on the rise.
sruth-mara is supporting a week of development for the project at Uig Community Centre at the end of June 2018. Julia, with collaborators Mairi Morrison and Anna Porubcansky, will be in residence in Uig throughout the week, living in the community, talking to residents and visitors about the project and inviting people to join them each afternoon for open rehearsals. At the end of the week there will be two work-in-progress performances, at Uig Community Centre on 29 June and at An Lanntair in Stornoway on 30 June.
Move ~ Gluasad is supported by Creative Scotland, An Lanntair and Uig Community Centre.