In Our Bones
For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Of the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts.
TS Eliot, from The Dry Salvages
"In Our Bones is a performance about our landscape. It’s about the earth that we inherit from the past and the earth we choose to leave for the future."
Four musicians and a painter imagine an astonishing and beautiful vision of hope in ecological crisis.
Processed through formulae and machine, set free in imagination and music, In Our Bones explodes a single poem in a live song-cycle that speaks of migration, landscape, roots, heritage and home. A multimedia collaboration collaging voices, song, poetry and paint, calling for action on the most pressing issue in the last ten million years.
"Tell us who we once were, we are not afraid of ourselves."
by Freddie Crossley and Femi Oriogun-Williams
written to be readapted and rehearsed with new artists at each performing location
Vault Festival, London in collaboration with Alice Hartley, Finn Boxer and Will Langstone 2020
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth in collaboration with Frances Staniforth and the Imperfect Orchestra 2019
Commissioned by the University of Cambridge, Faculty of English supported by Theatre Royal Plymouth
Far beyond the reaches of
outstretched fingers light slips -