It is finally here and now arriving to your home!!
Over a year on working on this and finally in the performance stage!
Where the work started:
When pandemic started, Pirita started to do her own social distance diary videos and started to talk more with Thabo about the whole experience as artist living in this crazy period. And also living in different countries, how it was in UK compared to SA. There started the idea can we open this topic more.
January 2021 Pirita was working with Thabo Mokolobate from South Africa on a research for a new work idea.This research was supported by Creative Scotland and Dance Base.
As Covid-19 pandemic is still affecting everyones lives , especially artists. Pirita and Thabo started looking now into a ways how to sustain their practices. And also looking into ways how we can engage with the audience through online platforms.
From this research Pirita has opened more in her blog.
What is happening now:
Work got support now from Creative Scotland, Dance Base and Citymoves. Will head now for performance stage. We are in our rehearsals period at the moment. The premier will part of DanceLive festival and we will be having in October performance two weeks. Tickets are on sale now!! Click here for the tickets.
You can hear more our project diary videos how everything has been going. We are updating this page all the time for more info!
The whole team:
Pirita Tuisku | Performer - Choreographer
Pirita Tuisku is a Finnish Dance artist living in Scotland and works as a Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher in Finland, Scotland, South Africa and Hong Kong. She is a versatile artist and already has over a decade of experience of working in dance across many different styles. Her passion is to create work that will engage an audience, explore different art forms and bring everyday topics to life on stage. She finds her inspiration from working in collaboration with others, and approaching this with a curiosity and an open mindset. Her own curiosity is in exploring how she can push her own boundaries as a mover, and in how the artforms of other cultures can affect her dancing.
"During lockdown I started to do these little Social distancing videos and it made me feel this topic needs to have a different voice. It has been long journey to get into this point of presenting the work now for the audience, but I´m excited to hear more how this will resonates to everyone else. As artist I hope it will sprang different emotions, taking you a different kind of journey that might have even surprises along the way, letting you sit back - relax - forgetting for that moment everything else around you."
Thabo Mokolobate | Performer - Writer
Thabo Mokolobate aka The Sensei is a writer, performer and spoken word artist. He began his writing
as a way to strengthen his relationship with his father after his father's imprisonment.
The Sensei writes about various subject matter , behavour and belief reflecting through the lense of
ordinary citizens . His prolific stretches from the start of the mid-millenium , and often steps out the
Idea of conventional poetry.
"I am eagerly looking forward to the premier , Hallowed Walls enabled the team to immerse themselves in virtual reality,
collaborating without any physical contact was a challenge, and we had to explore our approach beyond the surface .The project is ardent with empathy and passion, an absolute value for money."
Lucy Wilson | Online Stage manager - Under study for dance
Lucy May is a Dance Artist, Stage Manager and Poet based in Edinburgh.
Graduating from the Scottish School Of Contemporary Dance in 2012 with a 1st class Degree in Dance Performance, Lucy went on to work as a facilitator, performer and choreographer in the Scottish Dance field working for various arts organisations including The Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Ballet and YDance Scotland. She last toured as a performer in Julia James-Griffiths’ performance of The Box in 2019. In 2018, Lucy trained in Stage Management at the Edinburgh Stage Management School. She went on to stage manage in various settings including Ironinc Dance’s performance “Yukon Ho!” at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 and most recently was stage manger on tour for All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre’s outdoor performance “The Swings”.
“I am looking forward to working in the world of online stage management where I can hone the experience and skills in the technical elements required of an online stage manager. Not only this, but Hallowed Walls also allows me to be experience this unique performance from the dancer’s perspective as I will be understudying Pirita to understand the piece and also to step in should it be required.
If you spent any time in lockdown communicating with loved ones via zoom, any time in lockdown bored and restless, any time in lockdown inventing tasks or things to do, then Hallowed Walls is well worth a watch. When I first watched the rehearsal video before coming on board, I immediately felt a sense of relatability as though seen.”
John Sithole | Online Stage manager - Under study for spoken word
John Sithole is Dancer , Choreographer and Actor. He has vast and expanse knowledge in the creative sector stretching over two decades ,and believes in encouraging people to move their bodies in order to move their minds.
John’s ability and skill has seen him travel Europe , Asia and other African countries earning him international recognition .
"As a performer we always judge the show from the reaction of the Audience and as person that grew up Performing the minute you walk on stage and get to feel the audience you kinda have an idea as to what type of Audience you having at that moment, it is definitely the Audience on the first show and reviews.
People should come see the show, because I personally think this is an amazing show, the stories line, dance nicely put together and these are stories that most people are going through. If you wanna put it in simple term,I say this because for example if you are in a distance relationship all you can do is to be on Zoom/Skype etc to feel close with your loved one. So with Covid 19 we where all required to be indoors forcefully and some people couldn’t be with their loved ones if you working far from them. Felt trapped, home sick etc and all you see is Walls. "