On 14 and 15 of August 2008, Dartington Hall played host to the English premiere of Apparitions, a late night music and theatre event set in the buildings and grounds of the 12th century medieval estate, starring a cast of 85 professional and amateur musicians and actors and featuring a 2000 year old Celtic war horn known as a Carnyx, a chorus, and a devil on horseback. Apparitions was a performance of eerie brilliance and musical and visual splendour that will be remembered as one of the most creative events in Dartington’s recent past.
The 2-night music and visual performance was composed and directed by internationally renowned Stephen Montague – and made visually spectacular by costume and installation artist Alex Julyan, video and art installation artist Kathy Hinde and lighting designer James Loudon.
For one part of Apparitions I worked with programmer Damian Stewart on a computer vision tracking system. A number of masked performers made huge drawings of symbols on the lawn by walking in certain patterns. There pathways made traces and paths of light.
Commissioned by Dartington International Summer School, The Scottish Arts Council, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Trans Atlantic Arts Consortium