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Migrations & Dawns i Bawb present Locator 20 with Simon Whitehead     

Migrations & Dawns i Bawb present Locator 20 with Simon Whitehead Live Performances in the Landscape
Starts at Rowen Community Hall, Conwy on Saturday 12 September 2pm
Advance booking only. Tickets available at: £8.50, £6 concessions refreshments included.
Migrations, 25 Watling Street, Llanrwst, LL26 0LS 01492 642291
Galeri Caernarfon, Victoria Doc, Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ - 01286 685222

In September 07, Dawns i Bawb and Migrations invited Simon Whitehead an environmental movement artist based in Wales to give a residency called LOCATOR in Rowen, Conwy. During those 5 days local dance artist and practitioners were led by Whitehead to learn how to create performances and dances in response to their natural environment. The outcome of this residency was so moving that it inspired curator Karine Décorne to take this residency a step further by inviting a group of selected artists, working with dance, movement, visual and sound art to work with Simon Whitehead again and create work that will be performed to the public.

In September 09 Dawns i Bawb and Migrations in collaboration will present LOCATOR 20 with Simon Whitehead again leading this intensive residency and this time the work created will be performed live to an audience. Wales based environmental movement artist Whitehead’s work has its roots in North Wales. He uses his natural environment, landscapes as a source of inspiration to create artistic work, through movement, performances and installations. His journey has taken him from the Llŷn Peninsula to rural Mid-Wales where he has successfully carried on his research and career to become nationally and internationally one of the most respected Welsh movement artiste.

LOCATOR 20 will bring together 6 local artistes, 1 historian, and 2 high profile international dance artistes. Together they will create work through dance, performance, visual arts, spoken words and new music in response to the historic and stunning landscapes surrounding the village of Rowen, Conwy.

The local artistes have been carefully selected for their talent, their knowledge and commitment of the area, resonance to their practice with Simon Whitehead’s work. The international artists Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli first came to North Wales during the opening night of Migrations first series of events in Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno. Many who saw them still remember that evening and have asked many times when they will come and perform in Wales again. During their stay they took the opportunity to discover the area and were struck by the beautiful landscapes, and were inspired to create work specifically about them.

In these tough economic times, we believe that the Arts can play a very important role in inspiring, inventing, showing other avenues and possibilities and also in bringing us back to fundamental things. It is time to re-connect with what makes us human and experience again a sense of belonging: to a place, to a community, to a culture. We are privileged to live in beautiful surroundings and we often take things for granted. There is so much to be gained when we respect our environment.

This is a very ambitious project which will offer something different to an audience. A guided walk through the beautiful landscape of Rowen, Conwy filled with live performances from eight Welsh and International artists and a historian. This is a unique opportunity to see the climax of intense residency in Rowen, Conwy. A chance to see new work, through dance, performance, visual arts, spoken words and new music in response to the history and stunning landscapes surrounding the village of Rowen, Conwy.

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