Running from 20 to 22 May 2011, Fissure has been created by performance maker Louise Ann Wilson, who has collaborated with a diverse team of artists and scientists in and around Ingleborough, at the heart of the Dales.
The play takes as its starting point the death of a much-loved young woman from a brain tumour. This deeply personal story will serve as the foundation of a new legend for the landscapes in which Fissure is situated, a tale that “fuses neurological and geological mapping with archetypal, universally shared tellings of life, death, the underworld and rebirth”.
The show runs as part of The Re-Enchantment, a national arts project exploring our relationships to place (see www.artevents.info for more information).
Fissure’s award-winning artistic team includes poet Elisabeth Burns, choreographer Nigel Stewart and composer Jocelyn Pook who will be creating a new full-length choral piece for the performance.
Also involved are leading neuroscientists Dr Michael Brada and Chris Clark, and a range of earth and environmental scientists. According to press material, “the people from the area - farmers, fell runners, cavers, choirs and potters – are sharing their stories, skills and resources as well as participating in Fissure.”
Louise Ann Wilson creates site-specific work made in collaboration with artists and experts from fields not usually associated with performance work. From 1997 to 2008 she was co-artistic director of acclaimed theatre company wilson + wilson, whose productions included House, Mulgrave and Mapping the Edge.