Eidolon @Edinburgh Art Festival

Eidolon will be presented at the Edinburgh Art Festival 2016, as part of Edinburgh College of Art’s partner events programme. A dual screen video installation version of the work will be installed within Edinburgh College of Art from 12-21 August and a series of live performances, featuring Freya Jeffs, Pauline Goldsmith and Stanley Pattison, will be presented at the Clinical Skills and Assessment Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on 20-21 August (times TBC).

Eidolon

Beverley Hood – Eidolon 2016. Photography ®Lindsay Perth

Look out for further info in coming weeks at http://edinburghartfestival.com/whats-on

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Dramaturgy – Jeremy Weller

Last week we had a very productive few days working on the Eidolon project with writer/director Jeremy Weller. Jeremy came in to advise us as a dramaturg (i.e. he was telling us what works, doesn’t work and helping us to give then piece an overall shape and focus).

Simulation in progress

Simulation in progress

Simulation in progress

Simulation in progress

On Monday morning we did a run of the performance in progress for Jeremy and Babs McCool, Charitable Arts and Wellbeing Coordinator, at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital, who has seen a number of incarnations of the work so far. The afternoon was spent gathering their feedback, both through the de-brief session and subsequent discussion. Tuesday, we did script run through’s and mini-workshop tasks in an attempt to bring more emotional depth to the text and performance.

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ManiChat1

ManiChat2

ManiChat2

ManiPoem

ManiPoem

On wed, we went back through the text reviewing changes and applied similar workshop techniques to the dance sequence material, again mining for deeper emotions. Really productive days, with much interesting discussion that helped refocused the performance group, and also threw in some interesting cheeky developments, including the use of interchangeable genitals and fright wigs!

ManiDance

ManiDance

ManiDance

ManiDance

Eidolon – reworking

So we’ve been back at the Simulation Centre, re-working the material we developed for the showing in the summer (big thanks to the audience that came along and your feedback – we were listening!). We’re mostly working with the same material but re-organising it, inserting material into the middle of other sequences, etc. Generally taking apart what we’ve already done and putting it it together in a totally different order…and having a lot of fun with that!

ManiChat2 - working on the script

ManiChat – working on the script

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ManiDance - reworking

ManiDance – reworking “The Preparation”

Funding – Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award

Great news! The Wellcome Trust has very kindly given the Eidolon project a Small Arts Award! This will cover the final stages of production and a performance run of the final piece – thanks Wellcome! And to whet your appetite here is a glimpse of some documentation of our last performance in progress from July 2015, featuring dancer Freya Jeffs, actor Pauline Goldsmith and the staff from the SCSCHF, by photographer Lindsay Perth. Thanks to all the wonderful audience who came along and gave us such useful feedback. We’ll look forward to getting back into production on Eidolon this month.

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

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Eidolon – Beverley Hood – Photography ®Lindsay Perth

 

Performance in progress – Fri 3 July Dec 1.45 – 4.15pm

Hello,
You are invited to the following event:

EIDOLON – PERFORMANCE IN PROGRESS – JULY 3

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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, July 3, 2015 from 1:45 PM to 4:15 PM (BST)Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors
Royal Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Stirling Road
FK5 4WR Larbert
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This free event is an in-progress showing of Eidolon, an immersive performance exploring the relationship between the body and technology, at the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF), Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. SCSCHF  is a state-of-the-art professional training facility,undertaking simulation based medical education.  This event will introduce the audience…

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We hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Beverley Hood

Le Revenant riposte

Work has begun on another vignette with actors Stanley Pattison and Pauline Goldsmith. This scenario is based on the Charles Baudelaire poem Le Revenant, from the collection Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) published in 1857. This vignette in progress is a spoken word and speech synthesis vignette, performed as a riposte between actors and manikin, based on ‘LesRevenant’ and it’s multiple English translations, about the dark, menacing presence of an unknown, beyond the living, being.

MANIPOEM

MANIPOEM

 

MANIPOEM workshop

MANIPOEM workshop

MANIDANCE – showing

On March 27th 2015, we did our next showing of the Eidolon performance in progress. This time the MANIDANCE vignette was performed. This is a 20 minute dance sequence performed by the very lovely Freya Jeffs, for the staff at the Sim Centre. In the sequence Freya activates a manikin, partly dismantled for travel into limbs, torso etc. as a fragmented dance partner. She teeters between delusion and awareness as to whether her partner is ‘real’, as she endeavours through tenderness, care, and at times rejection, to re-build them.

After the showing we did a feedback session with the staff, who has lots of great ideas and input, which we are going to build into the MANIDANCE vignette in the coming weeks.

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