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Gwymon

Lawrence, K. (2013) Gwymon. [Performance]

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Abstract

Gwymon (seaweed) began as a work-in-progress vertical dance performance funded by Arts Council Wales and supported by Galeri Caernarfon. It was held on the outside balconies, facing Victoria Dock, on 24th August 2013 during the Mor a Mynydd festival. The next performance was on 15th February 2014 in the theatre at Galeri as part of the North Wales Dance Collective�s Casgliad evening and was performed on the balconies over the audience seating. Gwymon was then reworked as a wall piece and performed again on 29th June on the exterior walls of the MJC building in La Baule, Brittany, for the opening of the 2014 Rencontres de Danse Aerienne festival and on 20th September on the exterior wall of Venue Cymru as part of the Llawn 02 Arts Weekend. Gwymon draws inspiration from the work and life of writer Eluned Morgan (1870 � 1938), who was born aboard the ship Myfanwy travelling to Patagonia. In 1909 she published Gwymon y Môr, describing a voyage from Britain to Patagonia. Seaweed (Gwymon in welsh) is usually anchored and sways with the movement of the sea. This work explores a primal female connection to the sea, based on myths and stories of women and the sea, for example, dangerous sirens luring ships onto the rocks. Like seaweed, which can be nutritious but poisonous if left to rot, the dance explores contradictory extremes of female power. Anchored by ropes, the eyes of the women scan the horizon, searching, their bodies swaying and undulating with the motion of the darting, rocking, swelling sea.

Item Type: Performance
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Creative Studies and Media
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 03:35
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:04
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5388
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