Sea Hames is the latest performance project from leading site-specific, dance theatre company Oceanallover.
Presented in association with Feral, the show is inspired by Orkney’s ‘Festival of the Horse and Boys Ploughing Match’. The multi-disciplinary performance fuses sonic composition, visceral performance and intricate costume. It explores the mythology and iconography of the horse, the plough and the sea and their relationship to the land.
We talked to the company, and asked them 10 questions about their show which opens 22 – 26 Aug.
1. What was it that inspired your show or performance?
Sea Hames is the latest outdoor performance project from leading site specific theatre company Oceanallover. Inspired by 'The Festival of the Horse and Boys' Ploughing Match' this multi-disciplinary performance fuses sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate costume to explore the mythology and iconography of horse, plough and the sea.
2. Can you describe your devising process, and how did you find inspiration for creating your work?
The devising process has several stages. It begins with a period of writing and drawing during which visual and choreographic ideas begin to arrive. We then take this into a parallel process of costume making and company devising. Written word is used as a stimulus for movement and music while a considerable amount of play and rehearsal in woodland and on hillside helps to give the work a solidity of purpose. Each performance event is unique and the project is seen as a series of happenings, each of which informs the following work.
3. What was it that inspired you in becoming a performer, or setting up your company?
Making work is a compulsion and it is important to find an artistic outlet that allows for creative risk, while still allowing public access.
4. What has been the biggest challenge in creating your show?
It is all a challenge. It wouldn’t be worth doing if it wasn’t.
5. What was your favourite part of the rehearsal or devising process in creating your performance?
The rehearsal and devising process continues from the beginning of the project through to the end and beyond. The parts that give us most fun are devising the content and also the moment at which we give ourselves to the creative moment and to the public.
6. Do you have a routine or pre-show ritual that you have to do before you perform?
We have no formula for prep but it is very important for us to have a strong camaraderie in the changing room.
7. What is your favourite dance performance you’ve seen, and why?
Masaki Iwana at the 3rd Eye Centre, Glasgow in 1989.
8. If you could describe your show in 3 words, what would they be?
If I could describe it in three words then we wouldn’t need to perform it.
9. What are you most looking forward to in bringing your show to the festival?
Dance Base has been a crucial place for me in the development of my work and I feel that the support of Morag Deyes has helped me to find my way in the jungle of the contemporary arts. It is always a pleasure to be there.
10. If you’ve visited the festival before, what’s your favourite Edinburgh haunt?
Dance Base … of course.
You can find out more about Sea Hames, and book tickets here.
Tickets can also be booked via the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Box Office on 0131 226 0000.