With bellies full of shepherds pie and steamed syrup pudding, the Fly No Filter company members retreat for one last sleep before sharing the beginnings of the new Only When Its Feathers are Grown performance installation. With funding from Arts Council England, the whole project has been a complete collaborative effort between all the artistic minds, and both the venue partners. From living together in yurts in Abington Woods for a week, and getting to know each others rhythms and recognising those little ticks that suggest a storm is brewing, to submerging oneself in questionable activities that you don’t quite remember being in the contract – all in the name of art. All in the name of communicating something deeper, all in the name of shared experience. And trying to understand ourselves better, in order to be able to live alongside one another better. The company are at the end of two weeks residency at Waterstones bookstore in Cambridge. The last few days have been a mixed bag of hysteria, panic, comedy, calm, cunning, and always creativity. As with dinner tonight, chez Maman Crowe, its all in the detail, vegan and wheat free options topped off with the perfect consistency of custard. But unlike a reluctance to share the pudding, the company are all looking forward to the pilot performance, and gathering feedback to develop the project on to the next stage.
For reals, if you go down to Waterstones tomorrow, be sure of a big surprise… photography, psychology and bboyin all meet to tell the story of 16yr old Roni and her mum. It is interesting what people choose to share, and fascinating what they don’t.
Join Fly No Filter, Friday 9th November, 6.30pm at Waterstones, Sidney Street Cambridge. Although this is a free, unticketed event, donations are welcome, and as space is limited, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.