Open Session: The Pickers
Saturday 29 Feb 2020 4:30pm
The Pickers brings together text, song, and image, inspired by the history of women carrying folk songs through Suffolk, and other coastal things. Developed by vocalist Kate Huggett and writer Rosa van Hensbergen, with photographic images by artist Yoi Kawakubo, this open session will invite people into, and talk people through, our collaborative process in its early phase.
Songs have migrated with women up and down the Suffolk coastline for centuries, changing shape as they moved—whether with the herring picker women arriving from Scotland, migrant farm workers, or more recent singers like Anne Briggs. Lyrics have morphed, passed between mouths; tunes have twisted, reinvented by new voices. We’re interested in these histories, as well as the relationship between language and song.
Kate’s practice focuses on performance which centres on the human voice, whether alone or layered in chorus. With a background in the choral and folk traditions, she now collaborates with theatre makers, live artists and contemporary musicians.
Rosa’s practice is focused on poetry and performance. Her published poetry to-date is formally experimental and often involves deconstructing and layering research. Her performance practice involves working with dancers and musicians, as a collaborator-director.
Main Image: Yoi Kawakubo