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.
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.
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.
Anna Porubcansky, Mairi Morrison and Beldina Odenyo at Uig Community Centre
sruth-mara supported a week of development for the project at Uig Community Centre at the end of June 2018, with performers Anna Porubcansky, Mairi Morrison, and Beldina Odenyo, pictured above, culminating in two work-in-progress performances, at Uig Community Centre and An Lanntair. Feedback from audiences during this process was incredibly positive, and Julia is now working towards a touring production in 2019.
Move ~ Gluasad is supported by Creative Scotland, An Lanntair and Uig Community Centre.