Louise Ann Wilson Company create site-specific performance and live art. The company is currently working on a series of pieces which explore the role of rural landscapes as a tool in expressing rites of passage and significant life events.
In 2012 I worked with Louise Ann Wilson Company on the project management of Ghost Bird, a walk and live art installation.
In 2013 I will continue to work with the company on a new piece of work in the Spring, followed by a major new commission TBA for the Autumn.
commissioned by Green Close Studios and Live at LICA for the Lancashire Witches 400 programme.
Ghost Bird was a beautifully-crafted walk and live art installation specific to an upload valley in the Trough of Bowland, a landscape internationally important for its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds.
Following a pathway into the upper reaches of the valley, audiences were invited to walk onto the moorland. Continuing in silence, they discovered installation and interventions made from the materials of the place that were inspired by the landscape and in particular the Hen Harrier.
Here they took time to look, listen and reflect on the environment around them.
Referring to the ghostly grey feathers of the male Hen Harrier and the absence this year of nesting pairs in the Trough of Bowland, Ghost Bird celebrated the beauty of the Hen Harrier and and drew attention to their sometimes fragile existence within the North of England. In doing so, the work also became a means of reflecting on the journey taken 400 years ago over the Bowland Fells to Lancaster castle by the Pendle Witches.
Ghost Bird was the latest project by the internationally celebrated artist Louise Ann Wilson, known most recently for the walking performances, Jack Scout (2010) and Fissure (2011). In this new small scale piece, installations and acts of live performance combine to create a unique walking experience set within a stunning upland landscape.
Ghost Bird was created by Louise Ann Wilson with choreography by Nigel Stewart of Sap Dance, and was performed by dance artist Julia Griffin and a team of 30 life models.
Ghost Bird was produced by Louise Ann Wilson Company Ltd and commissioned by Green Close for the Lancashire Witches 400 programme. It was a Live at LICA co-commission.
For more information about Louise Ann Wilson Company, please visit : www.louiseannwilson.com