Hanna Tuulikki’s Women of the Hill is a song-cycle for three female performers responding to the archaeology and topography of High Pasture Cave, an iron-age sacred site dedicated to a matriarchal culture on the Isle of Skye.
Commissioned by ATLAS Arts for the 31st October 2015, the site-specific performance originally took place at the hidden entrance to the cave, making use of the natural echo phenomena of the hill. It has now been re-imagined for a theatre setting and will be re-staged for the first time at CCA, featuring the original performers – Nerea Bello, Lucy Duncombe and Hanna Tuulikki – with costume elements made from plant materials by Caroline Dear.
The female trio will guide the audience across a threshold, on a song-journey through three worlds: Past, Present and Otherworld. Making visible what has lain hidden and audible what has been forgotten, this contemporary rite will summon the mysterious young woman interred at High Pasture Cave; the women who ground grain, spun yarn and watched over the hearth; and the female deities – Bride and Cailleach – who, according to myth, do battle each year at the meeting of the seasons.
This performance took place Fri 12 January 2018 and was part of the exhibition Lilt, Twang, Tremor | Sarah Rose, Susannah Stark & Hanna Tuulikki, which ran Sat 18 November 2017 — Sun 14 January 2018.
A live performance in the gallery exploring female Cynics, language and spam, interacting with installed works in the exhibition Lilt Twang Tremor.
Searchlights refers to a quote from Chris Kraus’ book Torpor where she speaks of wanting to find a place in the world for the female voice. After playing a Lydia Lunch song Spooky Little Boy on repeat for an entire day whilst being accidentally locked in an apartment by her neglectful partner, she writes, “the voice was everything, a searchlight in the darkened apartment”; she then describes the female voice as “a dirge for everything”.
The Cynic history is revisited to explore elements of language that have a particular gendered resonance; highlighting the flow of things - words - traded in a capitalist marketplace. The piece is a collaboration with musician Donald Hayden, and treats the voice as a searchlight calling on the listener to wake up and the strength gained through the union of the two voices together.
This performance took place Sun 14 January 2018 and was part of the exhibition Lilt, Twang, Tremor | Sarah Rose, Susannah Stark & Hanna Tuulikki, which ran Sat 18 November 2017 — Sun 14 January 2018.