“My earliest memories involve looking west across the border toward the Welsh hills and constructing an imaginary geography. Now I am able to look eastwards and examine this childhood landscape from a new perspective and in doing so re-evaluate my place within it.”
Lament interweaves site-specific found objects, animation, poetry and music to explore a personal narrative of loss, longing and belonging in the Welsh borderlands. Animation and macro photography is used to examine found objects (eg lichen, flora, animal remains etc) while cinematic compositing techniques visually reintroduce these objects back into the wider landscape and thereby re-contextualise them. Bilingual fragments of spoken word, site-specific recordings and elements of traditional music combine to create an immersive soundscape, achieving a dynamic synergy between sound and image. The oral audio source material is taken from Stafell Gynddylan (Cynddylan’s Hall) and other sections of the 7th Century Welsh poem cycle, Canu Heledd. These poems deal with the fall of the Brythonic Kingdom of Pengwern, in what is now Shropshire. This particular lament originates from the border area describing the silence and ruin of Prince Cynddylan’s home after his death. As such, through a composite of oral, visual and technological innovation, Vicary has created a platform for topographical experimentation and improvisation which combines with sensitive autobiographical references.
Further information including essay and interview:
Director: Sean Vicary
Musical Coordinator: Ceri Rhys Matthews
Technical Advisor: Steve Knight
Spoken Word: Beverley Evans
Musicians: Ceri Rhys Matthews, Ceri Jones, Christine Cooper
Produced with support from Animate Projects, Arts Council of Wales and Small World Theatre
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