Open Session: The Pickers

Sat 29 Feb 4:30pm

Tickets £6.00

Jerwood Kiln

Saturday 29 February 2020 - 4.30pm

An original performance work that brings together text, song, and movement, inspired by the history of women carrying folk songs through Suffolk. Developed by vocalist Kate Huggett and poet and performance director, Rosa Van Hensbergen.

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. This open session will present an embodied, principally solo vocal work, which draws on the historical fragments of Suffolk women’s voices to explore new forms of speaking, sounding and singing now.

Kate’s practice focuses on performance which centres 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—recently, on natural disasters, water shortages, and the colour green. Her performance practice involves working with dancers and musicians, as a collaborator-director. In her performance work, she is interested in creating intimate sonic and movement environments that welcome audiences into subtle participatory relationships with performers.