Short animated extract from River-Born, featuring poetry by Li Po.
Devised by Kieron Maguire and The Cabinet of Living Cinema, River-Born is a live audio-visual show exploring the concept of the river and its influence on mankind, performed at the opening night of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2014.
River-born takes as its starting place a piece of local Dorset history: Carl Jung’s 50th birthday in 1925 celebrated in Swanage 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 graphic novel form delivering his river-born metaphor.