Orographic is an outdoor performance by leading physical theatre performance troupe Oceanallover inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landscape paintings and humankind’s relationship to mountains.
2018 marks 150 years since the birth of the founding father of the ‘Glasgow Style'. Oceanallover’s Artistic Director, Alex Rigg, has a long time interest in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and in particular his lesser known landscape paintings. By the early 1920s, Mackintosh had abandoned his architectural practice entirely and moved to the south of France where he indulged his passion for watercolour landscape painting around the Vermilion coast and river valleys snaking into the high Pyrenees. The starting point for this project can be found in the abstract lines, shapes and cartography that Mackintosh used to communicate the orography of mountains and hillsides.
Orographic is a performance work inspired by radical landscape and in particular inspirational landforms. The term itself was coined to describe the study of the formation and geographic features of mountains. The piece takes direct inspiration from spectacular land masses in Scotland such as Rackwick, Criffel, Cathkin Braes, Merrick, Ben Nevis, Ben Lomond, Arrochar Alps and the Campsie Fells. Thematically Orographic will consider the awe we experience when faced with a mountainous structure and the human desire throughout history to conquer such edifices.
Orographic was part of a dynamic cultural festival developed to run alongside the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
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Design & Direction - Alex Rigg
Choreography Directed by Alex Rigg in collaboration with the Cast.
Music - Joey Sanderson, Catherine Carter, Breezy Elthalion, Richie Merchant, Roger Marsh, Anders Rigg, Ross McCrae
Performers - Lewis Sherlock, Laini Chrismas, Jen Farmer, Philip Alexander McDonald, Dylan Reed, Sarah Cosgrove, Poppy Evans, Evan Papandreou, Michael Johnson and Marta Soriano Mascarós
Crew and Makers - Hilary Ross, Laini Chrismas, Rachel Jackson, Hazel Keast, Mary Jane Griffin, Fern Strang, Kirsten Bleasdale, Rachel Gaudion, Alex Rigg
Producers and Tour Management: Feral (Jill Smith and Kathryn Boyle)
Supported by Creative Scotland, European Championships Festival 2018, Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Interntional Science Festival, Holywood Trust, Upland, DG Unlimited