We are deeply delighted to announce our new project has been awarded Arts Council England funding.
beWILDer is an invitation to engage with the climate emergency by falling in love! An intimate and transformative immersion in secret woodland, combining deep ecology songs and eco-centric stories that aim to deepen your experience of your place in the inter-connected ecosystem we are all a part of.
We believe people are more likely to do act sustainably around environmental issues from a place of love and grief rather than from self-righteousness or guilt. Our hope is beWILDer will draw people into engaging with the climate emergency using a set of songs that illuminate human/more-than-human relationships.
Whilst the music plays audiences are guided through the wood by ecologist Dr Emma Sayer. She will invite people to notice particular details of what’s going on around them and tell a story or two about what’s going on in front of our noses and under our eyes.
And, edging through the woods, touching and being touched by beckoning rowan leaves and cushions of sphagnum moss you might hear David Abram’s words about the reciprocity of touch sung, inviting you to reimagine the more-than-human world.
Whilst Deep Cabaret and Emma Sayer (Lancaster University, Glastonbury Festival) will be performing we are privileged to have a special team of artists lending their expertise. Sam Lee (Nest Collective and Singing With Nightingales), Dan Fox (Sound Intervention, Boom Bike Bouree), Louise Ann Wilson (Jack Scout, Walk Run Pedal Push Map), Sandra Blue (Walk The Plank, Dukes Playhouse) will all help us make the idea real and Daniel Brereton (Vaccines, Stella MacCartney) will help us make a video so you can see what we’ve been up to. We’ve also had deep encouragement and support from Jazz North, Lancaster Arts and More Music.
We’ll be working on the prototype of this site-specific, immersive, outdoor project around Lancaster in late June with some invitation only performances in early July (watch this space for info about how to be invited!). Once we’ve sorted out how to make it work we’ll be looking to transfer beWILDer to other sites in other parts of the UK from Spring 2022.