Project Description

Wishes for a Better Future  (2003)

A performance about nostalgic tourism and contemporary rural life – and the private moments of the people that dream of them.

Context: live feed video & super 8 obsessions, rural nostalgia, tourist economies, fields as museums, pension collapses, re-locating to the country, living the Blair-ite dream.

THE WORK

Wishes for a Better Future investigates the preservation, packaging and sale of our landscapes and the people who desire them. Lost experiences of childhood holidays become a marketable commodity and the picturesque is presented as a consumable rural dream. Collisions of text and sound fragments, live feed video and super-8 footage transform the set into a suburban sitting room, green hillsides, or a windswept Dartmoor crag. In this dislocated and mediated world populated with tourists, second home-owners, a corporate healer, salesmen and a beloved dog, we witness the unfolding relationship of two people who fear where old age will find them.

Photography Blind Ditch

PARTNERS

Funded by Arts Council England and South Hams District Council.

EVENTS

  •  12th December 2002 Work-in-progress showing, Studio 1, Dartington College of Arts 7pm
  • 7th March 2003 Dartington Arts 8pm
  • 18th March 2003 Exeter Phoenix
  • 2nd May 2003 The Barbican, Plymouth

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WHAT WAS SAID

“There is an elusive, eliding quality about the whole performance… It is an atmospheric, touching, thought provoking piece, a quiet moment of reflection and intimacy. Blind Ditch have a light touch and something to say – a rare and valuable combination”

Barbara Bridger, Writer and dramaturg

meticulously researched and performed… Crisp and delicate live video feed… beautifully worked and understated text.”

Paul Goddard, Arts Council England

PEOPLE

Devised by Blind Ditch.
Performers/devisors Henning Hegland & Cat Radford
Written & directed by Paula Crutchlow
Sound design John Levack Drever
Scenography & video Volkhardt Müller

VIDEO

RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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NEWSLETTER

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