Based on a transcript of an astonishing interview by internationally renowned arts commentator Suze Gablik, Doinâ€™ Dirt Time raises questions about the traditional role of the arts in society, as two artists dedicate themselves to a radical new art form: living life as a sacred act. Â An experiment in future-oriented, stripped-back theatre performancedÂ by Fern Smith, Philip Ralph and guest artist.
â€œSeek not the ways of men of old,Â seek instead the ways they soughtâ€
4Ã—4 is an eleven-day event on the theme of dance, body and the environment for dance or movement artists, choreographers and artists working in related art-forms.
â€œSomewhere in the midst of â€˜sustainabilityâ€™ lies an inspiring vision of transformation. As movement artists we will take our dance and choreographic practice into this territory, developing and deepening our sense of the self within the body, to inspire and engender a vital reconnection between humanity and the planetâ€.
Artists of any discipline and level of experience are welcome to participate in all or just part of the event.
The content and structure of the event will evolve, responding to the needs and interests of the guest artist and participants. The timetable will include taught workshops, performances, discussions, and study labs, with time and space for self-organised and spontaneous activities.
4Ã—4 takes place at two distinctive locations:
The Findhorn Eco-village â€“ a major international centre dedicated to personal and planetary transformation, with access to The Universal Hall Arts Centre theatre, dune-lands, gardens, woods and coastline.
Dundreggan, Glen Moriston, Scottish Highlands â€“ a 10,000 acre estate, owned and run by the charity, Trees For Life, who work to help restore the Caledonian Forest.
The rural and community settings offered by both locations, shared meals and relaxed social spaces will combine to offer a unique and stimulating environment in which to study, practice and engage with other artists.
To enable and encourage as many artists to participate as possible, the price for unfunded independent artists is equivalent to accommodation + food + Â£15 per day! Please enquire for the price of funded or supported places. Scottish artists may be able to apply to Creative Scotlandâ€™s Professional Development fund.
Please contact us for further information about the event, up to date pricing, guest artists, accommodation and travel options.