River-born is a performance by four musicians – tabla, dulcimer, violin and guitar, and a projection of river footage and graphic novel illustration exploring the texture and movement of rivers, of spoken verse and the concept of the archetype.
River-born takes as its starting place a piece of local history: Carl Jung’s 50th birthday in 1925 celebrated in Swanage, Dorset with a cigar and “an extra bottle of wine”. Jung once said that primordial images are “like a deeply graven river-bed in the psyche, in which the waters of life, instead of flowing along as before in a broad but shallow stream, suddenly swell into a mighty river”. From this powerful metaphor, the Cabinet create a bridge spanning 8th century river poetry of Li Po, Ted Hughes’ 1983 book, “River” and the concept of the primordial image – or “archetype” developed by Jung in this period. Accompanying the verse of Hughes is tabla, Li Po dulcimer and a violin piece especially commissioned for the performance is inspired by the Nordic myth of the Neck, the river-dwelling violinists. Completing the piece we meet Jung in Swanage delivering his river-born metaphor.
The UK premier of River-Born will take place above the River Bourne in the Bournemouth Bandstand as part of the opening night of Bournemouth Arts Festival by the Sea, Sat Sept 27th, 2014.
Illustrators: Tom Brown, James Brown
Devised by: Kieron Maguire, Tom Brown.
Edited by: Tom Brown
Poetry by: Li Po
Text by: Carl Jung